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File #: Int 0153-2018    Version: Name: Three-quarter housing task force.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on General Welfare
On agenda: 1/31/2018
Enactment date: 11/17/2019 Law number: 2019/189
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York in relation to a three-quarter housing task force
Sponsors: Stephen T. Levin, Justin L. Brannan, Carlina Rivera , Helen K. Rosenthal, Andrew Cohen, Antonio Reynoso, Ben Kallos, Brad S. Lander, Barry S. Grodenchik, Margaret S. Chin, Donovan J. Richards, Ritchie J. Torres, Vanessa L. Gibson
Council Member Sponsors: 13
Summary: This bill would codify the three-quarter housing task force. The task force would be comprised of representatives from the Human Resources Administration, Department of Buildings, the Fire Department, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Mayor’s Office. It would be tasked with inspecting dwellings suspected to be three-quarters houses. The task force would identify buildings where ten or more unrelated adults are living and issue violations. The task force would also be charged with offering informational assistance to individuals living in three-quarter houses in order to relocate to permanent housing. The Mayor’s Office or a city agency would be required to publish quarterly findings of the task force as well as information on whether individuals relocating from three-quarter housing were given a rental subsidy and obtained permanent or temporary housing.
Indexes: Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 153-B, 2. Summary of Int. No. 153-A, 3. Summary of Int. No. 153, 4. Int. No. 153, 5. January 31, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 6. Committee Report 4/29/19, 7. Hearing Testimony 4/29/19, 8. Hearing Transcript 4/29/19, 9. Proposed Int. No. 153-A - 6/17/19, 10. Proposed Int. No. 153-B - 10/11/19, 11. Committee Report 10/16/19, 12. Hearing Transcript 10/16/19, 13. October 17, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 14. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 10-17-19, 15. Int. No. 153-B (FINAL), 16. Fiscal Impact Statement, 17. Legislative Documents - Letter to the Mayor, 18. Local Law 189, 19. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - October 17, 2019
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10/16/2019*Stephen T. Levin Committee on General Welfare Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
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Int. No. 153-B

 

By Council Members Levin, Brannan, Rivera, Rosenthal, Cohen, Reynoso, Kallos, Lander, Grodenchik, Chin, Richards, Torres and Gibson

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York in relation to a three-quarter housing task force

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Subchapter 5 of chapter 1 of title 3 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 163 for the year 2016, is amended to read as follows:

SUBCHAPTER 5

REPORTS RELATED TO [PUBLIC] HOUSING

§ 3-150 General.

§ 3-151 Report  on  outcomes  of  services  provided to public housing residents.

§ 3-152 Three-quarter housing task force.

§ 2. Section 3-150 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 163 for the year 2016, is amended to read as follows:

§3-150General. [a.] As used in this subchapter:

Public housing. The term "public housing" means housing owned or operated by the New York city housing authority.

[b. Reports required under this subchapter shall only contain information in the aggregate and shall not contain any personally identifiable information.]

§ 3. Section 3-151 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new subdivision c to read as follows:

c. Reports required under this section shall only contain information in the aggregate and shall not contain any personally identifiable information.

§ 4. Chapter 1 of title 3 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 3-152 to read as follows:

§ 3-152 Three-quarter housing task force. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

Rent allowance. The term “rent allowance” means the allowance provided pursuant to section 131-a of the social services law and paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of section 352.3 of title 18 of the New York codes, rules and regulations.

Supportive housing. The term “supportive housing” means affordable, permanent housing with support services for residents.

Three-quarter housing. The term “three-quarter housing” means one- and two-family dwellings where 10 or more unrelated adults who receive a rent allowance are residing, but such term shall not include any nursing home as defined in section 2801 of the public health law or residential program for adults described in title two of article four of the social services law. 

b. There shall be a three-quarter housing task force comprised of representatives from the department of social services, the department of buildings, the fire department, the department of housing preservation and development, the department of health and mental hygiene and the mayor’s office. Each such agency shall assign representatives to such task force as needed. The mayor shall appoint the chair of the task force.

c. The mayor shall appoint two advocates in the fields of housing or homelessness and two individuals who have previously resided or currently reside in three-quarter housing, and the speaker of the council shall appoint one advocate in the fields of housing or homelessness and one individual who has previously resided or currently resides in three-quarter housing, to advise the task force on an ongoing basis. Such appointees shall not be members of the task force. The task force shall meet no less than once every three months with the advocates and individuals appointed pursuant to this subdivision.

d. The task force shall meet no less than once every quarter. At such meetings, members of agencies represented on the task force shall report on all violations, fines or liens placed against landlords of three-quarter housing for failing to timely correct violations.

e. Task force representatives shall compile the following information for the task force’s use:

1. Addresses of one- and two-family dwellings where 10 or more unrelated adults who receive a rent allowance are residing,

2. All relevant information each respective agency has collected related to such dwellings, and

3. The addresses of  one- and two-family dwellings where there is reason to suspect 10 or more unrelated adults who receive a rent allowance are residing based on complaints through 311 calls or any other mechanism.

f. Agencies represented on the task force shall inspect, as necessary, one- and two-family dwellings identified as three-quarter housing and issue violations where appropriate. An initial inspection shall be conducted within four weeks of an address being referred to such task force and re-inspection of the dwelling shall be conducted twice annually for as long as the building is known or believed to be in use as three-quarter housing.

g. During such inspections, individuals residing in the inspected dwellings shall be offered assistance, including but not limited to information about rental subsidies, supportive housing, how to obtain repairs from landlords, and unlawful evictions.

h. A city agency or office designated by the mayor shall provide to the speaker of the council and publish on its website quarterly reports on the state of three-quarter housing in the city. The first such report shall be due 30 days following the calendar quarter ending September 30, 2020, and all subsequent reports shall be due 30 days following the last day of each succeeding calendar quarter. Such reports shall include, but need not be limited to:

1. The number of violations issued for each building inspected by agencies represented on the task force and identified as three-quarter housing, disaggregated by issuing agency, provided that each building shall be identified in such a way that does not disclose the building’s address; and

2. The number of individuals relocated from buildings inspected by the agencies represented on task force and identified as three-quarter housing, disaggregated by whether such individuals were given a rental assistance subsidy, the type of subsidy provided, and the type of housing to which the individual was relocated, including but not limited to private apartments, single room occupancy dwellings or temporary housing.

§ 5. This local law takes effect 180 days after it becomes law.

 

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