Tompkins County
New York

Resolution
2018-1

Resolution to Urge a Repeal of Portions of 16-ADM- 11 that Requires Shelter Payments from Individuals with Modest Earned and Unearned Income

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Category:Legislation or Funding - State and Federal

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Resolution/Document Body

              WHEREAS, Tompkins County stands firmly committed to inclusive access to safe housing for all Tompkins County residents, and

 

              WHEREAS, Tompkins County has a significant shortage of housing and the market rate of housing has risen significantly in recent years, and

 

              WHEREAS, the resulting housing deficiency and rising cost of housing in Tompkins County has resulted in steadily rising numbers of working families that are unable to find, and/or afford housing, and

 

              WHEREAS, Temporary Housing Assistance is administered at the direction of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) through the Tompkins County Department of Social Services with the intent of preventing homelessness and providing assistance to homeless persons in Tompkins County, and

 

              WHEREAS, 16-ADM- 11 (Administrative Directive) provides Social Services districts with regulations that the Tompkins County Department of Social Services of Tompkins County is required to abide by, and

 

              WHEREAS, these regulations require that when a person has available income, either earned or unearned, Tompkins County Department of Social Services must incorporate this income into a standard Temporary Housing Assistance budgeting formula in accordance with a previous directive (05 ADM-3) to adjust and effectively reduce the allowable Temporary Housing Assistance for that individual, and

 

              WHEREAS, in Tompkins County this can mean that a homeless person with earned or unearned income who seeks support for Temporary Housing Assistance may have to contribute up to $70.54 per night for sheltering costs (note that these costs do not apply if the temperature is 32 degrees or below with wind chill), and

 

              WHEREAS, if a person was asked to pay the maximum sheltering contribution, it would be the equivalent cost of renting an apartment for approximately $2,100.00 per month including utilities, and

 

              WHEREAS, if a person who is homeless and seeks help through the Tompkins County Department of Social Services, and has earned or unearned income, does not make these payments the person can be asked to leave the shelter, and

 

              WHEREAS, repeal of this requirement would allow homeless Tompkins County residents to accumulate sufficient income to better prepare for obtaining and maintaining more permanent housing, now therefore be it

 

              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Health and Human Services Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature calls on its representatives New York State Assemblywoman Lifton, New York State Senators O’Mara, Seward, and Helming, New York State Assembly Speaker Heastie, New York State Assembly Minority Leader Kolb, New York State Senate Majority Leader Flanagan, New York State Senate Democratic Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins, and New York State Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Klein, to vote to repeal the required shelter payments as stated in OTDA 16-ADM- 11,

 

              RESOLVED, further, That copies of this resolution be sent to New York State Assemblywoman Lifton, New York State Senators O’Mara, Seward, and Helming, Governor Cuomo, New York State Assembly Speaker Heastie, New York State Assembly Minority Leader Kolb, New York State Senate Majority Leader Flanagan, New York State Senate Democratic Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins, and New York State Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Klein.

SEQR ACTION:  TYPE II-20

Meeting History

Dec 18, 2017 4:30 PM  Health and Human Services Committee Regular Meeting

Ms. Kelles stated a similar version of this resolution will be voted on by New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) at their next meeting in January 2018.

RESULT:RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Vice Chair
SECONDER:Will Burbank, Member
AYES:Anna Kelles, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Will Burbank, Carol Chock, Shawna Black
Jan 2, 2018 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Member
SECONDER:David McKenna, Member
AYES:Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Martha Robertson, Michael Sigler