senate Bill S1528

Authorizes commissioner of housing and community renewal to maintain housing registry called "Access-New York"

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  • 02 / Feb / 2009
    • REFERRED TO HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1528
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Housing, Construction And Community Development
Law Section:
Public Housing Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S1528

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the public housing law, in relation to establishing a
centralized statewide registry of accessible or adaptable housing for
people with disabilities to be known as "Access-New York"


PURPOSE :
To enact a New York State housing registry containing up-to-date
information regarding accessible housing for people with disabilities.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section one defines the short title of this bill to be cited as the
"Access-New York Act."

Section two amends the public housing law by adding a new section
14-a, which offers all relevant and necessary definitions.
Furthermore, this section requires the Division of Housing and
Community Renewal (DHCR) to develop and maintain a statewide housing
registry (called Access-New York) to consist of a database to track
accessible housing throughout the state and maintain information about
its availability.

This database, which must contain specific information also set forth
in this section, must be accessible by both a web site and a toll-free
number to easily allow people with disabilities to retrieve housing
vacancy information. All owners or operators of any residential
housing that is for sale or rent with three or more accessible units
must list vacancies on this registry. In addition, this section
requires DHCR and the Secretary of State to market Access-New York to
certain organizations that will make this registry successful and
functional.

This section also creates a special advisory panel within the New York
State Division of Housing and Community Renewal responsible for
assisting in the establishment and maintenance of the housing
registry. The panel shall meet as needed, but at least twice a year,
and shall be comprised of three representatives from public housing
authorities with-in New York State, three advocates of the disability
community and three representatives of the production, management or
marketing of residential real estate, one of each appointed by the
Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly and the Temporary President of
the Senate, two tenants with disabilities and two representatives from
neighborhood and rural preservation companies, one of each appointed
by the Minority Leader of the Assembly and the Minority Leader of the
Senate. In addition to its primary responsibility of working to ensure
the success of Access-New York, this panel would be responsible for
issuing an annual report to the Legislature on the Access-New York
housing registry program.

Section three calls for this bill to take effect on the sixtieth day
after it shall have become law.

JUSTIFICATION :
In recent years, a social demand has called upon legislators to help
relieve the burdens of finding accessible housing for people with
disabilities. Locating housing that meets the needs of people with
disabilities is a challenging task because many people with
disabilities face a twofold problem. Many live on a fixed income, and
cannot afford the high cost of housing, so they are limited to the few
units that are both inexpensive and accessible.

A statewide accessible housing registry in New York would help correct
the issue of locating suitable housing for people with disabilities.
The registry would allow for people with disabilities to search for
housing that suits their accessibility nee~s and income levels. It
should be noted that, while mandatory, this program entails no
enforcement mechanism that would be imposed on covered owners for
non-compliance.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
S.4875A of 2006 Reported to Finance
S.3957 of 2007 Committed to Rules
S.3957A of 2008 Committed to Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect on the 60th day after it shall have become
law.
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