File #: Int 0990-2023    Version: * Name: Shelter sleeping areas.
Type: Introduction Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on General Welfare
On agenda: 4/11/2023
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to shelter sleeping areas
Sponsors: Robert F. Holden, Lincoln Restler, James F. Gennaro, Eric Dinowitz, Nantasha M. Williams, Mercedes Narcisse, Farah N. Louis, Gale A. Brewer, Francisco P. Moya, Lynn C. Schulman, Kristin Richardson Jordan, Diana I. Ayala, Linda Lee, Kevin C. Riley, Vickie Paladino
Council Member Sponsors: 15
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Homeless Services to ensure that single adult shelter residents are provided with at least individual sleeping areas that are partitioned off from other residents that allow for individual privacy.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 990, 2. Int. No. 990, 3. April 11, 2023 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-11-23, 5. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - April 11, 2023

Int. No. 990


By Council Members Holden, Restler, Gennaro, Dinowitz, Williams, Narcisse, Louis, Brewer, Moya, Schulman, Richardson Jordan, Ayala, Lee, Riley and Paladino


A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to shelter sleeping areas


Be it enacted by the Council as follows:


Section 1. Chapter 3 of title 21 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 21-312.1 to read as follows:

§ 21-312.1 Shelter sleeping area. a. For purposes of this section, the term “shelter” means temporary emergency housing provided to homeless single adults by the department or a provider under contract or similar agreement with the department.

b. The commissioner shall ensure that each adult resident of a shelter has at least an individual sleeping area with, at a minimum, a partition separating it from other sleeping areas. The height of such partition shall be sufficient to afford individual privacy, and each individual sleeping area shall be at least the minimum size required by applicable law, rules, or regulations. Where movable partitions are used to separate individual sleeping areas the commissioner shall ensure that each partition has a private door that does not have the ability to lock.

c. The requirements set forth in subdivision b of this section shall not be construed to interfere with contracts or agreements between the department and a shelter provider in effect on the effective date of this section, but shall apply to contracts or agreements executed, renewed, or modified after the effective date of this section.

§ 2. This local law takes effect 1 year after it becomes law.





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