Meeting Name: Committee on General Welfare Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 9/13/2022 1:00 PM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: Council Chambers - City Hall
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Int 0092-2022 *Diana I. Ayala  Creation of an advisory board for accessibility at shelters.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to create an accessibility advisory board to advise the Mayor and the Council on issues relating to accessibility in City shelters. The bill would also require the advisory board to submit an annual report on its review and recommendations.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0092-2022 *Diana I. Ayala  Creation of an advisory board for accessibility at shelters.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to create an accessibility advisory board to advise the Mayor and the Council on issues relating to accessibility in City shelters. The bill would also require the advisory board to submit an annual report on its review and recommendations.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0108-2022 *Robert F. Holden  Creating an annual report on the performance of department of homeless services providers.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to submit an annual report to the Speaker of the City Council on the performance of DHS providers in the City, disaggregated by each drop-in center, safe haven and shelter that the provider operates. It would also require DHS to post the report on its website within 30 days of submitting the report to the Speaker.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0108-2022 *Robert F. Holden  Creating an annual report on the performance of department of homeless services providers.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to submit an annual report to the Speaker of the City Council on the performance of DHS providers in the City, disaggregated by each drop-in center, safe haven and shelter that the provider operates. It would also require DHS to post the report on its website within 30 days of submitting the report to the Speaker.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0124-2022 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr.  Housing specialists within the human resources administration and department of homeless services.IntroductionThis bill would require the Human Resources Administration (HRA) to designate housing specialists within all temporary shelters and to submit an annual report on housing specialists. This bill would also update requirements for housing specialists in Department of Homeless Services (DHS) transitional housing facilities and would require DHS to submit an annual report on housing specialists.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0124-2022 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr.  Housing specialists within the human resources administration and department of homeless services.IntroductionThis bill would require the Human Resources Administration (HRA) to designate housing specialists within all temporary shelters and to submit an annual report on housing specialists. This bill would also update requirements for housing specialists in Department of Homeless Services (DHS) transitional housing facilities and would require DHS to submit an annual report on housing specialists.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0132-2022 *Sandra Ung  Requiring the establishment of intake centers for families with children.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to establish additional intake centers for families with children in boroughs without existing intake centers. DHS would be required to open at least one additional intake center within two years of the effective date of the law, and one every year thereafter, until there is at least one intake center in each borough.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0132-2022 *Sandra Ung  Requiring the establishment of intake centers for families with children.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to establish additional intake centers for families with children in boroughs without existing intake centers. DHS would be required to open at least one additional intake center within two years of the effective date of the law, and one every year thereafter, until there is at least one intake center in each borough.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0190-2022 *Public Advocate Jumaane Williams  Creation and distribution of a homeless bill of rights.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to produce a homeless bill of rights, which would inform people experiencing homelessness about their rights and services available to them. In addition, DHS would be required to make this document available on its website and to provide it to shelters and social services offices for distribution to people experiencing homelessness.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0190-2022 *Public Advocate Jumaane Williams  Creation and distribution of a homeless bill of rights.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to produce a homeless bill of rights, which would inform people experiencing homelessness about their rights and services available to them. In addition, DHS would be required to make this document available on its website and to provide it to shelters and social services offices for distribution to people experiencing homelessness.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0229-2022 *Tiffany Cabán  Monthly rental assistance payments for households with rental assistance vouchers.IntroductionThis bill would prohibit the Department of Social Services (DSS) from deducting a utility allowance from the maximum monthly rent when calculating the monthly rental assistance that DSS provides to an owner or landlord on behalf of households with rental assistance vouchers, setting the assistance at the monthly rent of an apartment or a single room occupancy, up to the maximum monthly rent, minus a household rent contribution. It would also require DSS to conduct outreach on this requirement.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0229-2022 *Tiffany Cabán  Monthly rental assistance payments for households with rental assistance vouchers.IntroductionThis bill would prohibit the Department of Social Services (DSS) from deducting a utility allowance from the maximum monthly rent when calculating the monthly rental assistance that DSS provides to an owner or landlord on behalf of households with rental assistance vouchers, setting the assistance at the monthly rent of an apartment or a single room occupancy, up to the maximum monthly rent, minus a household rent contribution. It would also require DSS to conduct outreach on this requirement.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0276-2022 *Chi A. Ossé  De-escalation and trauma-informed training for dept of homeless services employees.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Homeless Services (“DHS”) to conduct trainings on techniques to improve professionalism, increase cultural sensitivity, de-escalate conflict and use trauma-informed theory for all DHS employees and contractors providing services to the public. DHS would be required to report annually on the number of individuals who have received such training. The first report would be due on January 31, 2024.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0276-2022 *Chi A. Ossé  De-escalation and trauma-informed training for dept of homeless services employees.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Homeless Services (“DHS”) to conduct trainings on techniques to improve professionalism, increase cultural sensitivity, de-escalate conflict and use trauma-informed theory for all DHS employees and contractors providing services to the public. DHS would be required to report annually on the number of individuals who have received such training. The first report would be due on January 31, 2024.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0421-2022 *Kevin C. Riley  Requiring the dept of homeless services to report on families with children in shelter.IntroductionThe proposed bill would require the Department of Homeless Services to produce a regular report on the total number of families with children living in shelter or entering the shelter system disaggregated by shelter type; percentage of families found eligible disaggregated by number of applications submitted; the number of families and placed in shelter based on their individualized needs; the average length of stay for families and the total number of families leaving shelter to permanent housing; and metrics concerning school enrollment and attendance for children living in shelter.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0421-2022 *Kevin C. Riley  Requiring the dept of homeless services to report on families with children in shelter.IntroductionThe proposed bill would require the Department of Homeless Services to produce a regular report on the total number of families with children living in shelter or entering the shelter system disaggregated by shelter type; percentage of families found eligible disaggregated by number of applications submitted; the number of families and placed in shelter based on their individualized needs; the average length of stay for families and the total number of families leaving shelter to permanent housing; and metrics concerning school enrollment and attendance for children living in shelter.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0431-2022 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr.  Requiring the dept of homeless services to provide customer service training.IntroductionThe proposed bill would require the Department of Homeless Services to provide a biannual customer service training to all staff members, including those working for a provider under contract or similar agreement with the department, who have direct contact with shelter residents.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0431-2022 *Rafael Salamanca, Jr.  Requiring the dept of homeless services to provide customer service training.IntroductionThe proposed bill would require the Department of Homeless Services to provide a biannual customer service training to all staff members, including those working for a provider under contract or similar agreement with the department, who have direct contact with shelter residents.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0513-2022 *Sandra Ung  Requiring the department of homeless services to report on the feasibility of partnering with community-based nonprofit organizations to accept and process applications for shelter intake from families with children.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Homeless Services to report on the feasibility of partnering with community-based nonprofit organizations to accept and process application for shelter intake for families with children. The report would include information relating barriers to implementation of such a program, training requirements, access to databases or other systems and confidentiality and data privacy.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0513-2022 *Sandra Ung  Requiring the department of homeless services to report on the feasibility of partnering with community-based nonprofit organizations to accept and process applications for shelter intake from families with children.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Homeless Services to report on the feasibility of partnering with community-based nonprofit organizations to accept and process application for shelter intake for families with children. The report would include information relating barriers to implementation of such a program, training requirements, access to databases or other systems and confidentiality and data privacy.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0522-2022 *Erik D. Bottcher  Requiring mental health professionals in families with children shelters.IntroductionThis bill would require mental health professionals to be available in each families with children shelter to provide on-site mental health services. The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) would be required to maintain a ratio of at least one full-time mental health professional for up to every 50 families with children. The bill would also require DHS to annually report to the Mayor and the Speaker of the Council on the provision of mental health professionals and post such report on its website.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0522-2022 *Erik D. Bottcher  Requiring mental health professionals in families with children shelters.IntroductionThis bill would require mental health professionals to be available in each families with children shelter to provide on-site mental health services. The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) would be required to maintain a ratio of at least one full-time mental health professional for up to every 50 families with children. The bill would also require DHS to annually report to the Mayor and the Speaker of the Council on the provision of mental health professionals and post such report on its website.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available