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Recently enacted amendments to the New York State Runaway and Homeless Youth Act permits shelters for runaway and homeless youth to serve youth ages 21-24, referred to as homeless young adults, if municipalities include the extended age range in the runaway and homeless youth plan submitted to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. This bill would require the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) to provide runaway and homeless you services, including shelter services, to homeless young adults in the same manner that services are provided to runaway youth and homeless youth.

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Committee on General Welfare
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Committee on General Welfare
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Committee on Youth Services
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Committee on Youth Services
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City Council
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City Council
Introduced by Council

Int. No. 1706

 

By Council Members Torres, Johnson, Dromm, Menchaca, Mendez, Vacca, Van Bramer, Rosenthal, Levin, Salamanca, Espinal, Rose, Reynoso, Levine and Lander

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to runaway and homeless youth services for homeless young adults

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1.  Section 21-401 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to read as follows:

                     § 21-401  Definitions. [Whenever  used  in] For the purposes of this chapter the following [words] terms [shall] have the following meanings:

                     [a. “Commissioner” shall mean] Commissioner. The term “commissioner” means the commissioner  of  the  department  of youth and community development.

                     [b. “Department” shall mean] Department. The term “department” means the department of youth and community development.

                     Homeless young adult. The term “homeless young adult” has the same meaning as provided in section 532-a of the executive law.

                     Homeless youth. The term “homeless youth” has the same meaning as provided in section 532-a of the executive law. For the purposes of this chapter, the term homeless youth shall also include homeless young adults.

                     Runaway and homeless youth crisis services program. The term “runaway and homeless youth crisis services program” has the same meaning as provided in section 532-a of the executive law.

                     [c. “Runaway and homeless youth services” shall mean] Runaway and homeless youth services. The term “runaway and homeless youth services” means department-administered street outreach and referral services, drop-in centers, runaway and homeless youth crisis [shelters] services programs and transitional independent living [centers] support programs.

                     Runaway youth. The term “runaway youth” has the same meaning as provided in section section 532-a of the executive law.                     

                     [d. “Sexually exploited child” shall have] Sexually exploited child. The term “sexually exploited child” has the same meaning as provided in subdivision one of section 447-a of the [New York State] social services law.

                     Shelter services. The term “shelter services” means residential programs within runaway and homeless youth crisis services programs and transitional independent living support programs.

                     Transitional independent living support program. The term “transitional independent living support program” has the same meaning as provided in section 532-a of the executive law.

                     [e. “Youth: shall mean] Youth. The term “youth” means any person [under twenty-four] 24 years of age or younger.

                     § 2. Chapter 4 of title 21 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to add new section 21-404 to read as follows:

                     § 21-404 Services for homeless young adults. a. The department shall provide runaway and homeless youth services to homeless young adults in the same manner as such services are provided to runaway youth and homeless youth. 

                     § 3. This local law takes effect on January 1, 2018.

 

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LS #6138/10769

8/31/17