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Meeting Name: Committee on General Welfare Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 6/27/2017 1:00 PM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: 250 Broadway - Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
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Attachments: Attachments for Oversight, Attachments - Int. No. 855-A, Attachments - Int. No. 1461, Attachments - Int. No. 1577, Attachments - Int. No. 1597, Attachments - Int. No. 1635, Attachments - Int. No. 1642
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T2017-6095 *   Oversight - From PATH to Permanency: Navigating the Shelter System as a Family with Children.Oversight Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
T2017-6095 *   Oversight - From PATH to Permanency: Navigating the Shelter System as a Family with Children.Oversight Filed, by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0855-2015 *Ben Kallos Proposed Int. No. 855-AA study regarding the feasibility of notifying individuals who may be eligible for public assistance.IntroductionThe bill would require the Mayor’s Office of Operations to produce a study by December 31, 2018, regarding the feasibility and cost of utilizing City administrative data to determine individuals who are likely eligible for public assistance and to provide notice to those individuals of their likely eligibility. The study would include all forms of public assistance for which an individual can apply through the City.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0855-2015 *Ben Kallos  A study regarding the feasibility of notifying individuals who may be eligible for public assistance.IntroductionThe bill would require the Mayor’s Office of Operations to produce a study by December 31, 2018, regarding the feasibility and cost of utilizing City administrative data to determine individuals who are likely eligible for public assistance and to provide notice to those individuals of their likely eligibility. The study would include all forms of public assistance for which an individual can apply through the City.Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 0855-2015 *Ben Kallos  A study regarding the feasibility of notifying individuals who may be eligible for public assistance.IntroductionThe bill would require the Mayor’s Office of Operations to produce a study by December 31, 2018, regarding the feasibility and cost of utilizing City administrative data to determine individuals who are likely eligible for public assistance and to provide notice to those individuals of their likely eligibility. The study would include all forms of public assistance for which an individual can apply through the City.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1461-2017 *Stephen T. Levin  Requiring the dept of social services to provide client service training to certain employees.IntroductionIn an effort to improve the level of service provided at social services centers, this bill requires the Human Rights Administration/Department of Social Services to conduct customer service and professionalism training for all employees that interact with members of the public and work in Job Centers or Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Centers, where individuals may apply for public assistance benefits.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1461-2017 *Stephen T. Levin  Requiring the dept of social services to provide client service training to certain employees.IntroductionIn an effort to improve the level of service provided at social services centers, this bill requires the Human Rights Administration/Department of Social Services to conduct customer service and professionalism training for all employees that interact with members of the public and work in Job Centers or Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Centers, where individuals may apply for public assistance benefits.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1577-2017 *Stephen T. Levin  Requiring the office of operations or another office or agency designated by the mayor to conduct a study regarding client information management systems.IntroductionThe bill would require the Mayor’s Office of Operations (MOO) to complete a study on client information management systems (systems). Client information management system would mean any electronic software used to collect, record, or manage information about social services that individuals may apply for or receive. The study would include an assessment of efforts to update and integrate systems of agencies that provide social services, strategies to help facilitate information sharing among such agencies to improve inter-agency coordination, an examination of how such agencies can use digital tools to best serve clients, and recommendations of how the City can continue to monitor and evaluate existing systems in order to remain current in the use of technology. The bill would require MOO to submit annual report on its findings and recommendations as well as a progress update each year for three years after the release of the report.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1577-2017 *Stephen T. Levin  Requiring the office of operations or another office or agency designated by the mayor to conduct a study regarding client information management systems.IntroductionThe bill would require the Mayor’s Office of Operations (MOO) to complete a study on client information management systems (systems). Client information management system would mean any electronic software used to collect, record, or manage information about social services that individuals may apply for or receive. The study would include an assessment of efforts to update and integrate systems of agencies that provide social services, strategies to help facilitate information sharing among such agencies to improve inter-agency coordination, an examination of how such agencies can use digital tools to best serve clients, and recommendations of how the City can continue to monitor and evaluate existing systems in order to remain current in the use of technology. The bill would require MOO to submit annual report on its findings and recommendations as well as a progress update each year for three years after the release of the report.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1597-2017 *Stephen T. Levin  Requiring that the Dept of Homeless Services recognize time spent in foster care as homelessness for the purpose of meeting rental voucher eligibility requirements.IntroductionSome youths who have spent time in foster care have difficulty obtaining stable housing; many youths end up “couchsurfing,” in homeless shelters, or in the corrections system. Additionally, according to a report from a local advocacy organization, homeless mothers are more likely to have spent time in foster care. This bill would allow youths who have spent time in foster care to be eligible for rental assistance vouchers that would allow them to obtain stable housing. Eligibility would be limited to those 24 years old or younger.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1597-2017 *Stephen T. Levin  Requiring that the Dept of Homeless Services recognize time spent in foster care as homelessness for the purpose of meeting rental voucher eligibility requirements.IntroductionSome youths who have spent time in foster care have difficulty obtaining stable housing; many youths end up “couchsurfing,” in homeless shelters, or in the corrections system. Additionally, according to a report from a local advocacy organization, homeless mothers are more likely to have spent time in foster care. This bill would allow youths who have spent time in foster care to be eligible for rental assistance vouchers that would allow them to obtain stable housing. Eligibility would be limited to those 24 years old or younger.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1635-2017 *Corey D. Johnson  HRA job centers.IntroductionThe proposed bill would require the Department of Social Services to create and issue a job center “appointment receipt” for all individuals who visit job centers. The appointment receipt would include any documents received by the agency from the visitor, the reason for the visit, and a time stamp indicating the time and date a visitor was present at the job center. The bill would require the department to post to its website a monthly report of the average constituent wait times at each job center. The bill would further require the department to display in job centers information on how to make a complaint and would require the department to issue a tracking number to track the status of a complaint.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1635-2017 *Corey D. Johnson  HRA job centers.IntroductionThe proposed bill would require the Department of Social Services to create and issue a job center “appointment receipt” for all individuals who visit job centers. The appointment receipt would include any documents received by the agency from the visitor, the reason for the visit, and a time stamp indicating the time and date a visitor was present at the job center. The bill would require the department to post to its website a monthly report of the average constituent wait times at each job center. The bill would further require the department to display in job centers information on how to make a complaint and would require the department to issue a tracking number to track the status of a complaint.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1642-2017 *Stephen T. Levin  Rental assistance vouchers.IntroductionThe bill would require that any individuals or families receiving rental assistance vouchers established by the Department of Social Services, such as the current LINC, CityFEPS and SEPS vouchers, would continue to receive the assistance so long as the household continues to meet any other eligibility requirements. The bill would also require that the maximum rent toward which rental assistance vouchers may be applied annually increases at the same rate as the fair market rents set by the United States Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The requirements set by the bill would be subject to appropriation.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1642-2017 *Stephen T. Levin  Rental assistance vouchers.IntroductionThe bill would require that any individuals or families receiving rental assistance vouchers established by the Department of Social Services, such as the current LINC, CityFEPS and SEPS vouchers, would continue to receive the assistance so long as the household continues to meet any other eligibility requirements. The bill would also require that the maximum rent toward which rental assistance vouchers may be applied annually increases at the same rate as the fair market rents set by the United States Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The requirements set by the bill would be subject to appropriation.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available