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File #: Res 0411-2010    Version: Name: NYC Housing Authority to include an admission preference for public housing in its next proposed agency plan for veterans who have a military service-connected disability.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Public Housing
On agenda: 8/25/2010
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York City Housing Authority to include an admission preference for public housing in its next proposed agency plan for veterans who have a military service-connected disability.
Sponsors: Lewis A. Fidler, Gale A. Brewer, Margaret S. Chin, Inez E. Dickens, Daniel Dromm , Vincent J. Gentile, Sara M. Gonzalez, David G. Greenfield, Letitia James, Brad S. Lander, Michael C. Nelson, Annabel Palma, James Sanders, Jr., Larry B. Seabrook, Jumaane D. Williams, Fernando Cabrera , James Vacca, Mathieu Eugene, Robert Jackson, Peter F. Vallone, Jr., Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, James G. Van Bramer, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Rosie Mendez, Daniel J. Halloran III, Peter A. Koo
Council Member Sponsors: 26
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 411 - 8/25/10, 2. Committee Report 11/15/10, 3. Hearing Testimony 11/15/10, 4. Hearing Transcript 11/15/10, 5. Committee Report 11/17/10, 6. Hearing Transcript 11/17/10, 7. Committee Report - Stated Meeting 11/17/10, 8. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 11-17-10
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
11/17/2010ALewis A. Fidler City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
11/17/2010*Lewis A. Fidler Committee on Public Housing Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/17/2010*Lewis A. Fidler Committee on Public Housing Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/17/2010*Lewis A. Fidler Committee on Public Housing Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/17/2010ALewis A. Fidler Committee on Public Housing Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
11/15/2010*Lewis A. Fidler Committee on Veterans Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/15/2010*Lewis A. Fidler Committee on Veterans Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/15/2010*Lewis A. Fidler Committee on Public Housing Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/15/2010*Lewis A. Fidler Committee on Public Housing Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/25/2010*Lewis A. Fidler City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/25/2010*Lewis A. Fidler City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 411-A
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York City Housing Authority to include an admission preference for public housing in its next proposed agency plan for veterans who have a military service-connected disability.
 
 
By Council Members Fidler, Brewer, Chin, Dickens, Dromm, Gentile, Gonzalez, Greenfield, James, Lander, Nelson, Palma, Sanders Jr., Seabrook, Williams, Cabrera, Vacca, Eugene, Jackson, Vallone, Jr., Arroyo, Van Bramer, Rodriguez, Mendez, Halloran and Koo
 
      Whereas, According to statistics from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), New York City is home to approximately 348,722 veterans; and
Whereas, Many veterans in New York City are unable to secure affordable housing; and
Whereas, The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is a public housing agency (PHA) organized and funded primarily through federal and state programs; and
Whereas, The requirements for income eligibility and admission preferences for PHAs are based on federal and state law; and
Whereas, Section 156 of New York State's Public Housing Law allows veterans and the families of veterans who served in the armed forces between 1961 and 1975 and were injured or killed as a result of this service to meet a less stringent income eligibility standard for public housing than for other persons or families of low income; and
Whereas, According to section 960.206 of Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations, NYCHA has the authority to "adopt a system of local preferences for selection of families admitted to the PHA's public housing program;" and
Whereas, Such admission preferences must be based on local housing needs and determined by the PHA after a period of public comment and consultation with the resident advisory board of the PHA and then submitted within the PHA's annual or five year plan, whichever is applicable, to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which then must approve or disapprove the plan; and
Whereas, NYCHA does include local admission preferences for certain groups, such as working families, victims of domestic violence, intimidated witnesses and those with health emergencies; and
Whereas, NYCHA's Annual Plan for FY 2011, submitted for approval to HUD on October 15, 2010, provides a listing of possible preferences with corresponding boxes to mark off under "Other preferences," and lists a possible preference for "veterans and veteran's families"; and
Whereas, NYCHA failed to check off the box marked "veterans and veteran's families," thus indicating that there is no existing veterans preference; and
Whereas, Veterans who have a disability as a result of military service and qualify for public housing should receive some kind of admission preference from NYCHA, if not the same preference as for those mentioned above; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York City Housing Authority to include an admission preference for public housing in its next proposed agency plan for veterans who have a military service-connected disability.
 
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