senate Bill S4394

Provides housing subsidies for victims of domestic violence

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  • 26 / Mar / 2013
    • REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES

Summary

Authorizes the payment of housing subsidies in the amount of seventy percent of the rental cost of the dwelling unit or the median housing rental cost for the county, whichever is lower, to certain victims of domestic violence.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1725
Versions:
S4394
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Social Services
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง131-bb, Soc Serv L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: A9269, A9269
2009-2010: A6106, A6106
2007-2008: A5145, A5145

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BILL NUMBER:S4394

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation
to housing subsidies for victims of domestic violence

PURPOSE:

This act intends to provide housing subsidies to victims of domestic
violence. It is stated that some victims of domestic violence stay in
an abusive situation because there is no possibility of finding
housing. This would enable victims to leave an abusive situation
because subsidies would be available to them.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Victims of domestic violence shall be eligible for a subsidy in the
amount of seventy percent of the rental cost of the dwelling unit or
the median housing rental cost for the county, whichever is lower.
Such housing subsidy shall be used for rental payments for' such
dwelling unit and shall not be made available for more than one year.

Victims of domestic violence shall have a household income of less
than twelve thousand dollars ($12,000) and accessible cash resources
of less than one thousand dollars ($1,000).

The commissioner of the office of children and family services shall
issue regulations governing domestic violence housing subsidies.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

A9269 - 2011-2012
A6106 - 2009-2010
A5145 - 2007-2008
A4508 - 2005-2006
A3070 - 2003-2004
A3309 - 2001-2002
A835B - 1999-2000
A3987A- 1993
A5068 - 1996
A10504 -1994

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the 90th day after it shall have become
law.

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

                                  4394

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 26, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services

AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to  housing  subsi-
  dies for victims of domestic violence

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

  Section 1. The social services law is amended by adding a new  section
131-bb to read as follows:
  S 131-BB. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOUSING SUBSIDIES.  1. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY
INCONSISTENT  PROVISION  OF  LAW,  EVERY  SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT SHALL
OFFER AND PROVIDE HOUSING SUBSIDIES TO VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
  2. VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A SUBSIDY IN THE
AMOUNT OF SEVENTY PERCENT OF THE RENTAL COST OF THE DWELLING UNIT OR THE
MEDIAN HOUSING RENTAL COST FOR THE COUNTY, WHICHEVER  IS  LOWER.    SUCH
HOUSING SUBSIDY SHALL BE USED FOR RENTAL PAYMENTS FOR SUCH DWELLING UNIT
AND  SHALL  NOT BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR MORE THAN ONE YEAR. THE PREVAILING
COST OF RENT FOR AN AREA SHALL NOT EXCEED EIGHTY PERCENT OF THE COST FOR
THE REGION.
  3. A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHALL ONLY BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE  HOUS-
ING  SUBSIDY  AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION IN THE EVENT THAT SUCH
PERSON:
  (A) IS A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AS DEFINED IN  ARTICLE  SIX-A  OF
THIS CHAPTER;
  (B) IS NOT OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE FOR SHELTER UNDER THIS ARTICLE OR IN THE
EVENT THAT SUCH SHELTER IS INAPPROPRIATE FOR SUCH PERSON;
  (C)  HAS  A  HOUSEHOLD INCOME OF LESS THAN TWELVE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND
ACCESSIBLE CASH RESOURCES OF LESS THAN ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS; AND
  (D) HAS BEEN CERTIFIED AS A DOMESTIC  VIOLENCE  VICTIM  BY  THE  LOCAL
SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT.
  4. VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHALL BE CERTIFIED BY THE LOCAL SOCIAL
SERVICES DISTRICT UPON A FINDING OF:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05702-01-3

S. 4394                             2

  (A)  A  CRIMINAL  CONVICTION  OF  THE  ASSAILANT OF A SERIOUS CRIMINAL
CHARGE;
  (B)  THE  ISSUANCE  OF  A  TEMPORARY  OR PERMANENT ORDER OF PROTECTION
INVOLVING SERIOUS BODILY HARM TO THE VICTIM;
  (C) A POLICE REPORT DOCUMENTING SERIOUS ACCOUNTS OF PHYSICAL  DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE;
  (D)  A SUBSTANTIATED DETERMINATION BY A BATTERED WOMEN'S SHELTER COUN-
SELOR THAT A PARTICULAR SHELTER RESIDENT IS IN SERIOUS PHYSICAL DANGER;
  (E) A SUBSTANTIATED DETERMINATION BY A RAPE  CRISIS  CENTER  COUNSELOR
THAT A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS IN SERIOUS PHYSICAL DANGER;
  (F)  A SUBSTANTIATED DETERMINATION BY A CERTIFIED BATTERER'S TREATMENT
PROGRAM COUNSELOR THAT A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS IN SERIOUS PHYS-
ICAL DANGER; OR
  (G) THE REASONABLE FEAR OF A BATTERED PERSON  THAT  SUCH  PERSON  WILL
ENCOUNTER FURTHER SERIOUS PHYSICAL RETALIATION.
  5.  THE  CONTINUED  NEED  FOR  SUCH SHELTER SHALL BE REVIEWED MONTHLY,
EVALUATED AND AUTHORIZED MONTHLY BY  A SOCIAL SERVICES OFFICIAL.    SUCH
HOUSING SUBSIDY SHALL BE AVAILABLE IN LIEU OF ANY OTHER ALLOWANCE OTHER-
WISE AVAILABLE FOR SHELTER.
  6.  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  THE  OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES
SHALL ISSUE REGULATIONS GOVERNING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOUSING SUBSIDIES.
  S 2.  This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after  it  shall
have become a law.

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