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File #: Int 1829-2019    Version: * Name: Precluding the department of homeless services from requiring a child’s presence at an intake center when a family with children applies for shelter.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on General Welfare
On agenda: 12/19/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to precluding the department of homeless services from requiring a child's presence at an intake center when a family with children applies for shelter
Sponsors: Diana Ayala , Ben Kallos
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Summary: This bill would preclude the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) from requiring that every member of a family be present at its intake center when that family seeks placement at a shelter. Currently, DHS requires that children under the age of 21 be present with their adult family members at the facility that processes shelter applications. This bill would allow these families to complete the application process without disrupting children’s schooling or other daily activities.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1829, 2. Int. No. 1829, 3. December 19, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 12-19-19, 5. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - December 19, 2019

Int. No. 1829

 

By Council Members Ayala and Kallos

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to precluding the department of homeless services from requiring a child’s presence at an intake center when a family with children applies for shelter

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

Section 1. Chapter 4 of title 21 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 21-324 to read as follows:

§ 21-324 Shelter application process for families with children. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

Child. The term “child” means a person who is under 21 years of age.

Family with children. The term “family with children” means a family with at least one adult and at least one child.

Intake center. The term “intake center” means a department facility that accepts and processes applications for shelter from families with children.

Shelter. The term “shelter” means temporary emergency housing provided to homeless families with children by the department or a provider under contract or similar agreement with the department.

b. The department shall not require any child who is a member of a family with children to be present at an intake center when that family applies or reapplies for shelter. Nothing in this section precludes a family with children from bringing a child to an intake center when applying or reapplying for shelter.

§ 3. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law, provided that the commissioner of homeless services may take all actions necessary for its implementation, including the promulgation of rules, before such effective date.

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LS #13140

12/5/19