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Social Services (SOS) CHAPTER 55, ARTICLE 10-B
§ 482-b. Definitions. As used in this article:

1. "Settlement house" means an independent, voluntary, not-for-profit
organization demonstrating affiliation with the New York state
association for settlement houses and neighborhood centers engaged in
community work and social services delivery in a defined neighborhood in
a municipality of the state of New York which provides comprehensive,
coordinated, family-focused multi-generational human services such as
child care, employment training, housing assistance counseling, youth
development, educational services, senior services and arts and cultural
activities, based on the needs of the neighborhood or neighborhoods
served and which:

(a) has been incorporated for at least three years;

(b) is qualified as a tax-exempt organization pursuant to section
501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code;

(c) provides services to all those who live in the neighborhood or
neighborhoods served without regard to race, creed, religious practice,
color, sex, age, national origin, economic status, disability, or
affectional preference;

(d) has an independent, autonomous board of directors which meets at
regular intervals, has full authority over the policies and operations
of the organization, and the membership of which includes community

(e) employs appropriate staff including a position of chief executive

(f) has a budget which is adopted on an annual basis by the board of
directors, utilizes an accepted accounting system, and has prepared an
annual fiscal audit by a certified public accountant not connected with
the organization; and

(g) can demonstrate that one of its primary purposes is the
improvement of the relationships among groups of different cultural,
economic, religious, and social groups in the community through a
variety of individual, group, and inter-group activities.

2. "Program services" may include, but are not limited to, several of
the following services:

(a) early childhood services, including child care, child development
services, early child education and health information and referral for
pre-school children;

(b) youth services, including teen centers and school-age programs
which provide recreation, homework assistance, preparation for
employment, counseling and meals;

(c) education programs, including remedial education, tutoring,
homework assistance and English language training;

(d) family programs, including home management, homemaker services,
parenting skills training, teen parent services and programs for

(e) child welfare services including foster care and preventive

(f) employment programs, including summer youth employment apprentice
programs, job training programs, and displaced homemaker programs;

(g) mental health services, including psychological and, where
appropriate, psychiatric group and individual evaluation and counseling;

(h) housing assistance.