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File #: Int 1339-2019    Version: Name: Providing information about lawful source of income discrimination to applicants for the city fighting homelessness and eviction prevention supplement program.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on General Welfare
On agenda: 1/24/2019
Enactment date: 11/17/2020 Law number: 2020/115
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to providing information about lawful source of income discrimination to applicants for the city fighting homelessness and eviction prevention supplement program
Sponsors: Diana Ayala , Vanessa L. Gibson, Brad S. Lander, Donovan J. Richards, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Margaret S. Chin, Keith Powers , Antonio Reynoso, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Carlina Rivera , Helen K. Rosenthal, Ben Kallos, Adrienne E. Adams, Deborah L. Rose, Carlos Menchaca, Farah N. Louis, Inez D. Barron
Council Member Sponsors: 17
Summary: This bill would require the New York City Department of Social Services (DSS) to arrange for the provision of a written notice to CityFHEPS rental assistance program applicants with administration about source of income discrimination at the time an applicant receives a shopping letter from DSS. The notice would provide information about protections under the New York City Human Rights Law related to discrimination on the basis of a person’s lawful source of income.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1339-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1339, 3. Int. No. 1339, 4. January 24, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 1-24-19, 6. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - January 24, 2019, 7. Committee Report 9/15/20, 8. Hearing Testimony 9/15/20, 9. Hearing Testimony 9/15/20 (Con't), 10. Hearing Transcript 9/15/20, 11. Proposed Int. No. 1339-A - 10/27/20, 12. Committee Report 10/29/20, 13. Hearing Transcript 10/29/20, 14. Committee Report - Stated Meeting, 15. October 29, 2020 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 16. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 10-29-20, 17. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - October 29, 2020, 18. Int. No. 1339-A (FINAL), 19. Fiscal Impact Statement, 20. Local Law 115
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Int. No. 1339-A

 

By Council Members Ayala, Gibson, Lander, Richards, the Public Advocate (Mr. Williams), Chin, Powers, Reynoso, Cornegy, Rivera, Rosenthal, Kallos, Adams, Rose, Menchaca, Louis and Barron

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to providing information about lawful source of income discrimination to applicants for the city fighting homelessness and eviction prevention supplement program

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Chapter 1 of title 21 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 21-141.1 to read as follows:

§ 21-141.1 Information regarding lawful source of income discrimination. a. Definitions. For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

CityFHEPS. The term “CityFHEPS” means the city fighting homelessness and eviction prevention supplement program established pursuant to chapter 10 of title 68 of the rules of the city of New York or any successor program.

Covered entity. The term “covered entity” means the owner, lessor, lessee, sublessee, assignee, or managing agent of, or other person having the right to sell, rent or lease or approve the sale, rental or lease of a housing accommodation, constructed or to be constructed, or an interest therein, or any agent or employee thereof, who is subject to the prohibition on discrimination based on lawful source of discrimination pursuant to subdivision 5 of  section 8-107.

Lawful source of income. The term “lawful source of income” has the meaning as set forth in section 8-102.

Shopping letter. The term “shopping letter” means a letter issued by the department to assist a household in its housing search that identifies the household as potentially eligible for CityFHEPS and lists the maximum rent.

b. The department shall provide written notice regarding the protections of section 8-107 related to lawful source of income at the time that a CityFHEPS applicant receives a shopping letter. Such notice shall be developed by the New York city commission on human rights pursuant to paragraph p of subdivision 5 of section 8-107 in consultation with the department.

§ 2.  Subdivision 5 of section 8-107 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new paragraph (p) to read as follows:

(p) For purposes of this paragraph, the term “CityFHEPS” means the city fighting homelessness and eviction prevention supplement program established pursuant to chapter 10 of title 68 of the rules of the city of New York or any successor program. The commission shall develop and disseminate a written notice of protections of this subdivision related to lawful source of income. The notice shall be made available to the department of social services for use in accordance with section 21-141.1. The notice shall include, at a minimum, the following information:

                     1. Examples of different forms of lawful source of income; 

                     2. A description of covered entities required not to discriminate on the basis of lawful sources of income;

                     3. Examples of actions that may indicate discrimination based on lawful source of income in violation of title 8, such as refusing to accept lawful source of income for rent payment, publishing any type of advertisement that indicates a refusal to accept any lawful source of income, and refusing or delaying repairs because a person uses any lawful source of income for rent payment, publishing any type of advertisement that indicates a refusal to accept any lawful source of income,  and any additional actions landlords or brokers use to unlawfully discriminate against a person on the basis of their using any lawful source of income;

4. A statement that it is illegal for covered entities to refuse to accept a CityFHEPS subsidy for payment of rent or a security deposit voucher in buildings subject to the prohibition on discrimination on the basis of lawful source of income pursuant to section 8-107;

5. A statement that it is illegal for covered entities to request additional payments for rent, a security deposit or broker’s fee because an individual receives rental assistance;

                     6. A statement that it is illegal for covered entities to publish any type of advertisement that indicates a refusal to accept rental assistance;

                     7. A statement that it is illegal for landlords to refuse or delay making repairs to an individual’s unit because such individual pays rent with a CityFHEPS subsidy;

                     8. A statement that an individual has the right to be free from discriminatory, harassing or threatening behavior or comments based on such individual’s receipt of or application for CityFHEPS;

9. Directions on how to contact the commission, the department of social services’ source of income discrimination unit, the state division of human rights and the office of the state attorney general;

10. A description of potential remedies available at the commission if a covered entity is found to have engaged in discrimination based on lawful source of income; and

11. Any other information deemed appropriate by the commissioner and the commission in consultation with the department of social services.

§ 3. This local law takes effect 180 days after it becomes law.

 

 

 

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