senate Bill S908C

Relates to the performance of a study regarding homeless persons who are veterans in the state of New York

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 04 / Feb / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 04 / Feb / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 908A
  • 28 / Mar / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 28 / Mar / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 908B
  • 29 / May / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 29 / May / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 908C

Summary

Relates to the performance of a study regarding homeless persons who are veterans in the state of New York.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7259B
Versions:
S908
S908A
S908B
S908C
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Veterans, Homeland Security And Military Affairs
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง353, Exec L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S6343, S6343

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BILL NUMBER:S908C

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the
performance of a study regarding homeless persons who are veterans in
the state of New York

PURPOSE:

To address the alarming trend of homeless persons are veterans and
parents.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section I amends section 353 of the executive law by adding new
subdivision 6-a concerning the performance of a study conducted by the
New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs, the Office of Temporary
and Disability Service, Department of Labor and the Office of Children
and Family Services to determine the number of homeless persons in New
York State who are veterans. It will also determine the number of
offspring of the veterans and current placement, and whether such
veterans suffered military sexual trauma. Once the study is completed
a written report will be delivered to the governor and the
legislature.

Section II sets forth the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

A report released in 2013 by The United States Department of Housing
and Urban Development estimates that 57,849 veterans are homeless on
any given night. This number is likely to increase given the amount of
veterans who are struggling with excessive economic burdens.
Veterans, especially those with disabilities including post-traumatic
stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, are more likely to
become homeless. Often a higher percentage of veterans returning from
the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq demonstrate these
characteristics.

In 2009, homeless veterans were mostly male while 4 percent were
female. Today, the United States Government Accountability Office
reports that women veterans identified as homeless by the VA increased
more than 140 percent, from 1,350 in fiscal year 2006 to 3,328 in
fiscal year 2010. Women veterans are also 4 times more likely than
their male .counterparts to end up homeless. Homeless female veterans
who are single mothers have a tough time finding adequate shelter,
daycare services, and finding gainful employment. About 3,000 of
these veterans could not access shelter and one-third had some sort of
disability. These statistics are alarming and become even more
distressing when you take into account that many of these women have
children. The study and analysis would gather information on the
number of homeless veterans in New York and how many of them have
children.

Further, the study would include cases of military sexual trauma (MST)
experienced by homeless veterans while on active duty or during
military training, including a breakdown of the collected data based
upon the gender of the victim. Data from the VA reveals that when


veterans are screened for health care and asked if he or she has
experienced MST, approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men respond
saying that they have. The amount of veterans who have experienced MST
is unknown given that this screening program reveals data relevant to
veterans who have sought out health care provided by the VA. The
outcome from this study would produce recommendations and solutions to
combat the growing problems among the men and women who have served
our country.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013: S908 (Parker) - Veterans Affairs
2013: A7259 (Bozic) - Veterans Affairs

FISCAL IMPACT ON STATE:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after the bill shall
become law.

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

                                 908--C

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. PARKER, ADDABBO, BRESLIN, ESPAILLAT, LATIMER, SAMP-
  SON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be  commit-
  ted  to  the  Committee  on  Veterans,  Homeland Security and Military
  Affairs -- recommitted to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security
  and Military Affairs in accordance with  Senate  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered  reprinted  as  amended  and  recommitted to said committee --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the executive law, in relation to the performance of a
  study regarding homeless persons who are veterans in the state of  New
  York

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

  Section 1. Section 353 of the executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 6-a to read as follows:
  6-A. TO CONDUCT A STUDY, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE OF  TEMPORARY
AND  DISABILITY  ASSISTANCE, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, AND OFFICE OF CHILDREN
AND FAMILY SERVICES TO DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS PERSONS  IN  NEW
YORK  STATE  THAT  ARE  VETERANS.  SUCH  STUDY SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE
LIMITED TO: (A) AN ANALYSIS OF  VETERANS  IN  NEW  YORK  STATE  WHO  ARE
CURRENTLY  HOMELESS,  OR  HAVE  BEEN HOMELESS WITHIN FIVE YEARS OF BEING
RELEASED FROM ACTIVE DUTY INCLUDING AN ANALYSIS OF GENDER AS IT  RELATES
TO HOMELESSNESS OF VETERANS; (B) DATA ON THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN OF HOME-
LESS  VETERANS,  INCLUDING  THE  CURRENT PLACEMENT OF SUCH CHILDREN; (C)
CASES OF MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA EXPERIENCED BY HOMELESS  VETERANS  WHILE
ON ACTIVE DUTY OR DURING MILITARY TRAINING, INCLUDING A BREAKDOWN OF THE
COLLECTED  DATA  BASED  UPON THE GENDER OF THE VICTIM; AND (D) THE UNEM-
PLOYMENT RATE FOR NEW YORK STATE VETERANS. THE TERM "CHILDREN  OF  HOME-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02829-07-4

S. 908--C                           2

LESS VETERANS" SHALL MEAN A PERSON WHO IS UNMARRIED AND WHO IS UNDER THE
AGE OF EIGHTEEN YEARS, AND IS THE BIOLOGICAL OR LEGALLY ADOPTED CHILD OF
A  VETERAN.  A  WRITTEN  REPORT  OF SUCH STUDY SHALL BE DELIVERED TO THE
GOVERNOR, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY AND THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE
SENATE  BY  JUNE  THIRTIETH,  TWO  THOUSAND FIFTEEN AND SUCH INFORMATION
REQUIRED PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE UPDATED EVERY TWO  YEARS.
SUCH  REPORT  SHALL  BE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE AND POSTED ON THE DIVISION OF
VETERANS AFFAIRS WEBSITE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

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