Currently, the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) posts a Daily Report on its website with information on the daily shelter census. This information includes the total number of individuals in shelter broken down by the number of single adults, the number of families with children and the number of adult families in the shelter system. The Daily Report also includes information about the family intake centers, including the number of families with children and adult families applying for shelter each day. There is also information on services for single adults including the number of unsheltered individuals contacted, the number of individuals in faith-bed, the number of individuals in veteran shelters, among other things. This bill would codify DHS’ Daily Report into law with the additional requirement of disaggregating all the data by borough. The bill would also require DHS to report on the daily shelter capacity by borough, which is currently not included in the Daily Report.
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Int. No. 572
By Council Members Crowley, Cabrera, Eugene, Gentile, Koo, Miller, Johnson, Cohen, Cornegy, Mealy, Mendez, Maisel, King, Vallone, Constantinides, Menchaca and Ulrich
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of homeless services to post daily shelter census data by borough.
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 21-316 to read as follows:
§ 21-316 Daily census data. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
1. "Adult" means any person who is eighteen years of age or older;
2. "Adult families" means families comprised of adults and no children;
3. “Adult Family Intake Center (AFIC)” means the intake facility where adult families must apply for shelter with the department;
4. "Children" means people under 18 years of age;
5. "Drop-in centers" means city-administered facilities that provide single adults with hot meals, showers, laundry facilities, clothing, medical care, recreational space, employment referrals and/or housing placement services, but not overnight housing;
6. "Faith-beds" means city-administered facilities that provide overnight housing to individuals, are affiliated with one or more religious groups, and receive client referrals through organizations under contract with the department;
7. "Families with children" means families with adults and children, couples including at least one pregnant woman, single pregnant women, or parents or grandparents with a pregnant individual;
8. “Outreach” means the efforts by the department to encourage street homeless individuals to move from the streets into shelter;
9. “Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (PATH)” means the intake facility where families with children must apply for shelter with the department;
10. "Safe havens" means city-administered facilities that provide low-threshold, harm-reduction housing to chronic street homeless individuals, who are referred to such facilities through a department outreach program, without the obligation of entering into other supportive and rehabilitative services in order to reduce barriers to temporary housing;
11. “Shelter” means temporary emergency housing provided to homeless adults, adult families, and families with children by the department or a provider under contract or similar agreement with the department;
12. "Short-term housing for veterans" means city-administered facilities that provide short-term housing for people who actively served in the United States military;
13. "Single adult" means individuals without an accompanying adult or child.
b. No later than January 1, 2015, and daily thereafter, the department shall post on its website a daily shelter census report for the prior calendar day. All information provided in such report shall be disaggregated by borough. Such report shall include but not be limited to the following information regarding individuals in shelter each day:
1. The total number of individuals, including the number of adults and the number of children;
2. The number of single adults, including the number of single men and the number of single women;
3. The number of families with children, including the number of adults in such families with children, the number of children in such families with children, and the total number of individuals comprising such families with children;
4. The number of adult families in shelter, including the number of individuals comprising such adult families;
5. The following information on family intake centers, including but not limited to:
(a) The number of families requesting temporary housing at PATH;
(b) The number of adult families requesting temporary housing at AFIC;
(c) The number of families placed in overnight accommodations; and
(d) The number of families with children at PATH overnight;
6. The following information on single adults, including but not limited to:
(a) The number of drop-in center clients served;
(b) The number of individuals in a drop-in center overnight;
(c) The number of individuals in faith-beds;
(d) The number of individuals contacted through outreach;
(e) The number of individuals placed through outreach;
(f) The number of individuals utilizing safe havens; and
(g) The number of individuals in short-term housing for veterans; and
7. The total number of available beds for single adults or shelter units for adult families and families with children.
§ 2. This local law shall take effect immediately upon its enactment into law.