Bill Text: NY A00965 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Establishes a priority senior housing waiting list and website through the office of the New York city housing authority for use by adults sixty-five years of age and older.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-14 - referred to housing [A00965 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A00965-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 14, 2019
        Introduced  by  M. of A. SIMOTAS, L. ROSENTHAL -- read once and referred
          to the Committee on Housing
        AN ACT to amend the public housing law, in relation to the establishment
          of a priority senior housing waiting  list  and  website  through  the
          office  of  the  New  York  city  housing  authority for use by adults
          sixty-five years of age and older
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1. The  public housing law is amended by adding a new section
     2  402-e to read as follows:
     3    § 402-e. Priority senior housing waiting list and website.  1. The New
     4  York city housing authority shall develop a website through which  indi-
     5  viduals  sixty-five  years    of  age  or older may apply in order to be
     6  placed on a priority waiting list to obtain public housing. The  website
     7  shall be made available through and maintained by the housing authority.
     8    2. Any individual sixty-five years of age or older, or an agent acting
     9  on  behalf  of such individual, including but not limited to, a relative
    10  or guardian, the state  department of social services, the New York city
    11  department of homeless services, the New York city  department  for  the
    12  aging  or  a  medical  provider,  may  submit an application for housing
    13  through the website. Applications submitted through the   website  shall
    14  be  given  priority  by the housing authority over housing lotteries and
    15  applications submitted by other means, and over  applications  submitted
    16  by  or on  behalf of persons under sixty-five years of age. All applica-
    17  tions shall be assigned a  priority  code  based  upon  the  information
    18  provided  as  to medical status and need, and,  following an eligibility
    19  interview, shall be placed on a priority senior waiting list for  avail-
    20  able  housing.    Final assessment as to priority shall be determined by
    21  the housing authority following the eligibility interview.  No  priority
    22  status shall be assigned or any housing assignment made until completion
    23  of   the  eligibility  interview,  unless  a  comparable  interview  was
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  conducted by the housing   authority within thirty  days  prior  to  the
     2  submission of the website application.
     3    3. Applications submitted through the website shall be assigned a case
     4  number  which  may  be  used  to  track  the progress of the application
     5  through the website.   Applications shall not  be  tracked  through  the
     6  website  by  name or social security number of the applicant or a member
     7  of the applicant's household.
     8    4. Website applications shall be  re-evaluated  every  three  days  in
     9  order  to  determine priority given to applicants who have completed the
    10  eligibility interview. Re-prioritization shall be based  on  changes  in
    11  medical status or need.
    12    5. (a) The website shall include a list of rental properties which the
    13  New  York  city  department  of housing preservation and development has
    14  determined to be eligible for the J-51 program and which have current or
    15  anticipated vacancies. The website shall  include  a  separate  list  of
    16  rental  properties  which do not qualify for the J-51 program, but which
    17  have current or anticipated vacancies and accept tenants using Section 8
    18  federal housing allowance program vouchers  or  certificates  or  senior
    19  citizen rent increase exemptions. The housing authority shall coordinate
    20  with  the  department of housing preservation and development to develop
    21  and maintain a listing of J-51 properties. Vacancies shall be listed  on
    22  the website without charge to the property owner or manager.
    23    (b)  The  owner  of rental properties as described in paragraph (a) of
    24  this subdivision, or his or her agent, shall notify the housing authori-
    25  ty of an impending vacancy within ten days of learning or first becoming
    26  aware of the impending vacancy, and shall, by March first of each  year,
    27  provide  the housing authority with a list of vacancies that occurred at
    28  each property during the previous calendar year and the date upon  which
    29  the vacancies were filled. Such list shall be in a form as determined by
    30  the  housing authority. The housing authority shall monitor the lists to
    31  assure that vacancies are being reported promptly to the housing author-
    32  ity and that housing is not being  improperly  denied  by  the  property
    33  owner  to  senior  citizens.  The  housing  authority  shall  report any
    34  suspected improper denials of housing in J-51 buildings to the New  York
    35  city department of housing preservation and development.
    36    6.  The  housing  authority  shall maintain information concerning the
    37  overall  number of website applicants, the number of applicants provided
    38  with housing accommodations as a result of website applications and  the
    39  length  of  time between the applications and the assignments, and shall
    40  provide this information in all filings required by law to  be  made  by
    41  the housing authority.
    42    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    43  it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate-
    44  ly,  the  addition,  amendment  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation
    45  necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective  date  are
    46  authorized  and  directed  to  be  made  and completed on or before such
    47  effective date.