This bill would require the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to provide written notice whenever it enters into a contract for the development of homeless shelters and subsequently makes any changes to the contracted capacity or use of the shelter through a contract modification. The notice would be sent to all parties who originally received notice of the shelter, including, the affected community board and council member within 10 days of the comptroller’s registration of the contract modification.
Int. No. 803
By the Public Advocate (Mr. Williams) and Council Members Brannan and Holden
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of homeless services to provide community notification
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 21-322 to read as follows:
§ 21-322 Community notification. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
Community board. The term “community board” means the group of persons that represent the interests of a community district as defined by section 2800 of the New York city charter.
Shelter. The term “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.
b. Whenever the department enters into a contract for the development of a shelter and a change to the contracted capacity or use of such shelter, including, but not limited to, a change in the population to be housed in the shelter, is sought through a contract modification, the department shall provide written notice of such change to all parties who originally received notice of the shelter including, but not limited to, the affected community board and council member within 10 days of the comptroller’s registration of such contract modification.
§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.
LS 1220/Int. 373-2014