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File #: Int 1483-2019    Version: Name: Plan to accommodate pets of families and individuals experiencing homelessness in shelter.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on General Welfare
On agenda: 3/28/2019
Enactment date: 9/26/2021 Law number: 2021/096
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to a plan to accommodate pets of families and individuals experiencing homelessness in shelter
Sponsors: Stephen T. Levin, Mark Levine, Justin L. Brannan, Robert F. Holden, Margaret S. Chin, Diana I. Ayala, Farah N. Louis, Adrienne E. Adams, Carlina Rivera , Rafael Salamanca, Jr., James F. Gennaro, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams
Council Member Sponsors: 12
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), to develop a plan to accommodate pets of homeless individuals and families with the objective of allowing homeless pet-owners to keep their pets. Such plan would include, for example, the steps DHS can take to prioritize the acquisition of facilities that will permit homeless pet-owners to keep their pets, as well as identifying existing providers that will permit homeless pet-owners to keep their pets. The bill would also require that DHS submit the plan to the Speaker of the Council no later than 180 days of the effective date of this bill. The bill would also require that DHS collaborate with the Department of Social Services (DSS) to outline steps to address accommodating pets of homeless individuals and families in shelter under DSS programs such as those in shelters for domestic violence survivors.
Indexes: Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1483-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1483, 3. Int. No. 1483, 4. March 28, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 3-28-19, 6. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - March 28, 2019, 7. Committee Report 2/28/20, 8. Hearing Testimony 2/28/20, 9. Hearing Transcript 2/28/20, 10. Proposed Int. No. 1483-A - 8/20/21, 11. Committee Report 8/26/21, 12. Hearing Transcript 8/26/21, 13. August 26, 2021 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 14. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 8-26-21, 15. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - August 26, 2021, 16. Int. No. 1483-A (FINAL), 17. Fiscal Impact Statement, 18. Legislative Documents - Letter to the Mayor, 19. Local Law 96
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9/27/2021AStephen T. Levin City Council Returned Unsigned by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
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8/26/2021*Stephen T. Levin Committee on General Welfare Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/26/2021*Stephen T. Levin Committee on General Welfare Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
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2/28/2020*Stephen T. Levin Committee on General Welfare Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/28/2020*Stephen T. Levin Committee on General Welfare Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/28/2019*Stephen T. Levin City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/28/2019*Stephen T. Levin City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 1483-A

 

By Council Members Levin, Levine, Brannan, Holden, Chin, Ayala, Louis, Adams, Rivera, Salamanca, Gennaro and the Public Advocate (Mr. Williams)

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to a plan to accommodate pets of families and individuals experiencing homelessness in shelter

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

Section 1. Chapter 3 of title 21 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 21-325 to read as follows:

§ 21-325 Pet accommodation plan. a. Definitions. For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

Pet. The term “pet” means a domesticated animal that is in the lawful possession of a person whose primary purpose in possessing such animal is to keep such animal as a pet.

Shelter. The term “shelter” means any form of temporary housing, including emergency housing, provided by the department to homeless individuals or families.

b. No later than 180 days after the effective date of the local law that added this section, the department shall submit to the speaker of the council a plan to accommodate pets of families and individuals experiencing homelessness with the objective that homeless individuals and families that possess pets need not surrender their pets upon entering shelter or forgo shelter to avoid surrendering their pets. Such plan shall:

1. Outline existing rules and regulations that apply to pets in shelter, including all licensing and vaccination requirements;

2. Assess and report on the health and sanitation implications of pets in shelter, as well as the physical plant requirements for facilities that accept pets;

3. Identify existing providers under contract with the department that have locations that will permit homeless individuals and families that possess pets to enter shelter with their pets;

4. Outline steps the department can take to prioritize acquisition of facilities and contracting for services, in each borough to the extent practicable, that will permit homeless individuals and families that possess pets to enter shelter with their pets;

5. Explore temporary arrangements for the care of pets of homeless individuals and families that will promote the return of such pets to the possession of their owners, including arrangements such as animal shelters, as defined in section 17-802, and not-for-profit organizations that provide foster care for such pets;

6. Identify city-provided and other resources available to homeless individuals and families that possess pets, including but not limited to not-for-profit organizations that provide housing that accommodates pets or that arrange foster care placements for pets of homeless persons, and develop an efficient method for consolidating and sharing information about such resources;

7. Outline the steps necessary in order to collect, where practicable, the following information:

(a) The average number of homeless individuals and families that possess pets that enter shelter each month, disaggregated by individuals and families and by the type of animal owned; and

(b) The amount of funds required to accommodate pets of families and individuals experiencing homelessness in shelter;

8. Identify barriers to the department’s ability to accommodate pets of families and individuals experiencing homelessness in shelter, and potential ways of overcoming such barriers; and

9. In collaboration with the department of social services, outline steps to address the accommodation of pets of individuals and families provided shelter under programs managed by the department of social services, including pets of victims of domestic violence who seek shelter pursuant to section 131-u of the social services law.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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