The proposed legislation would require the creation of an educational continuity unit at any intake facility, such as the Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (PATH) intake center, to provide information to families with children applying for shelter. The ability to meet with the unit during the process of applying for shelter would be explained and offered to all shelter applicants, and staff would be available during evening and weekend hours. The unit would inform shelter applicants about the rights of homeless students with respect to school continuity and transportation, help arrange transportation and school enrollment, and provide information on early childhood education and early intervention services. The unit would provide families with information on students’ rights under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and any information provided to families would include contact information for the Department of Education.
- Laid Over in Committee
Int. No. 1714
By Council Members Levin and Gibson
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to an educational continuity unit
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 21-318 to read as follows:
§ 21-318 Educational continuity unit. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
Intake facility. The term “intake facility” means the location where families with children apply for temporary emergency housing with the department, such as the prevention assistance and temporary housing facility, or a successor entity.
Shelter applicants. The term “shelter applicants” means families with children in the process of applying for emergency shelter with the department at an intake facility.
b. Any intake facility shall have an educational continuity unit. The ability to meet with such unit during the process of applying for shelter shall be explained and offered to all shelter applicants. The responsibilities of the educational continuity unit shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
1. Staff availability during evening and weekend hours, in addition to regular business hours;
2. Meet with shelter applicants to discuss the education of any school-aged children, including school access and educational continuity rights;
3. Begin the process of arranging transportation and/or enrolling in a new school for any school-aged children;
4. Inform shelter applicants of early childhood education options including subsidized child care, child care vouchers, and pre-kindergarten;
5. Inform shelter applicants of the ability to screen children for early intervention services; and
6. Provide shelter applicants written information on homeless students’ rights, which shall, at a minimum, include an explanation of students’ rights pursuant to the mckinney-vento homeless assistance act as established by sections 11432 and 11433 of title 42 of the United States code.
c. Any information provided to shelter applicants by the educational continuity unit shall include contact information for relevant staff at the department of education.
§ 2. This local law takes effect 180 days after it becomes law.
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