senate Bill S3979A

Relates to the payment of shelter allowances by the department of social services in the county of Niagara

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    • Passed Assembly
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  • 04 / Mar / 2013
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 11 / Mar / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 11 / Mar / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 3979A
  • 19 / Mar / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.239
  • 20 / Mar / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 21 / Mar / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Summary

Permits the county of Niagara to direct the commissioner of social services to make certain shelter allowance payments directly to the owner of a housing accommodation.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3979
S3979A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
County Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง853, County L

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3979A REVISED 04/10/13

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the county law, in relation to the
payment of shelter allowances by the department of social services in
the county of Niagara

PURPOSE:

To authorize the department of social services in the county of
Niagara to make shelter allowance payments for a recipient of public
assistance directly to the owner of the housing accommodation or his
or her designated agent.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill adds a new section 853 to the county law
relating to shelter allowances in Niagara County. The new section
authorizes the Niagara County Legislature to enact a local law to
allow the Niagara County department of social services to make shelter
allowance payments for a recipient of public assistance directly to
the owner of the housing accommodation or his or her designated agent.

Section 2 of the bill is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Recently, the Niagara County Legislature identified the misuse of
shelter allowance payments to recipients of public assistance as a
growing problem. Specifically, shelter allowance payments axe simply
not being used for their intended purpose - to pay for rent. This can
lead to instability within the family unit, potentially costly
eviction proceedings, and decline within neighborhoods.

To address this situation, the Niagara County Legislature passed a
resolution encouraging the state to provide the county social services
department with the ability to pay shelter allowances directly to
landlords. This legislation does just that. By providing the County
Legislature with the authority to enact local laws to allow direct
payments to landlords, this legislation will curb the abuse in the
current system and help ensure stable housing for families and
children. In addition, this legislation will help reduce the number of
evictions and property abandonments, and allow the local department of
social services to operate more efficiently.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New legislation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3979--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 4, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed  to  the  Committee  on  Local  Government  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the county law, in relation to the  payment  of  shelter
  allowances  by  the  department  of  social  services in the county of
  Niagara

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The  county law is amended by adding a new section 853 to
read as follows:
  S 853. SHELTER ALLOWANCE PAYMENTS FOR RECIPIENTS OF PUBLIC  ASSISTANCE
IN  THE  COUNTY  OF NIAGARA. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW,
THE LEGISLATIVE BODY IN THE COUNTY OF NIAGARA MAY ENACT A LOCAL  LAW  OR
ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE AND DIRECT THE COMMISSIONER OF THE NIAGARA COUNTY
DEPARTMENT  OF  SOCIAL SERVICES TO MAKE SHELTER ALLOWANCE PAYMENTS FOR A
RECIPIENT OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE DIRECTLY TO  THE  OWNER  OF  THE  HOUSING
ACCOMMODATION OR HIS OR HER DESIGNATED AGENT.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09464-02-3

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