18 CRR-NY 352.35NY-CRR

OFFICIAL COMPILATION OF CODES, RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
TITLE 18. DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
CHAPTER II. REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
SUBCHAPTER B. PUBLIC ASSISTANCE
ARTICLE 1. DETERMINATION OF ELIGIBILITY—GENERAL
PART 352. STANDARDS OF ASSISTANCE
18 CRR-NY 352.35
18 CRR-NY 352.35
352.35 Eligibility for temporary housing assistance for homeless persons.
(a) Scope.
This regulation governs the provision of temporary housing assistance to persons who are homeless. It sets forth the requirements with which an individual or family who applies for temporary housing must comply in order to be eligible for temporary housing assistance.
(b) Definitions.
(1) Assessment is the evaluation of an individual's or family's housing and housing-related public assistance and care needs including, but not limited to, the availability of housing, the need for temporary housing assistance, employment and educational needs, the need for preventive or protective services, the ability to live independently, and the need for treatment of physical and mental health problems, including substance abuse.
(2) Independent living plan is a plan developed and/or revised by a social services district and/or its designee, with the cooperation of an individual or family, which sets forth a strategy for meeting such individual's or family's housing-related public assistance and care needs as identified in an assessment and for obtaining housing other than temporary housing and which establishes such individual's or family's responsibilities during their receipt of temporary housing assistance and specifies the conditions upon which temporary housing assistance will be provided. An independent living plan also must specify the temporary housing facility, if any, to which the individual or family has been or will be referred, any requirements of such facility, and the expected duration of the individual's or family's receipt of temporary housing assistance.
(3) Temporary housing includes family shelters authorized by Part 900 of this Title and section 352.8(a) of this Part, room and board authorized by section 352.8(b) of this Part which is provided to a homeless person on a temporary basis, hotel/motel facilities authorized by section 352.3(e) of this Part and shelters for adults authorized by Part 491 of this Title.
(4) Temporary housing assistance is a public assistance benefit provided temporarily for an eligible homeless individual or family to meet an immediate need for shelter.
(c) As a condition of eligibility for temporary housing assistance, individuals and families must comply with the requirements of this subdivision. Temporary housing assistance will be denied or discontinued under the conditions specified below. Temporary housing assistance will not be denied or discontinued for failure of the individual or family to comply with the requirements of this subdivision when such failure is due to the physical or mental impairment of the individual or family member.
(1) An individual or family must cooperate in and complete an assessment conducted by the social services district. When an individual or family fails to cooperate in and complete the assessment, the social services district must deny the individual's or family's application for temporary housing assistance.
(2) An individual or family must cooperate with the social services district in developing, carrying out and completing an independent living plan, if the social services district, based on its assessment of the individual or family, has determined that such a plan will assist such individual or family to relocate to housing other than temporary housing. When an individual or family unreasonably fails to comply with the independent living plan requirements, the social services district must discontinue temporary housing assistance. When an individual or family unreasonably fails two or more times to comply with the independent living plan requirements, the social services district must discontinue temporary housing assistance and the individual or family is disqualified from receiving temporary housing assistance until the failure ceases, or for 30 days, whichever period of time is longer.
(3) An individual or family must actively seek housing other than temporary housing, as required by the social services district, and not unreasonably refuse or fail to accept any such housing, including but not limited to, permanent housing, reunification with family or relocation to other appropriate residential facility. When an individual or family fails to comply with these requirements, the social services district must discontinue temporary housing assistance until the failure ceases, or for 30 days, whichever period is longer.
(4) An individual or family must refrain from engaging in acts which endanger the health or safety of oneself or others, or which substantially and repeatedly interfere with the orderly operation of a temporary housing facility. When an individual or family commits such acts, including but not limited to acts of violence, selling drugs, or repeated violations of the rules of a temporary housing facility, the social services district must discontinue temporary housing assistance until the failure ceases, or for 30 days, whichever period is longer.
(d) Prior to denying or discontinuing temporary housing assistance pursuant to subdivision (c) of this section, the social services district must evaluate the individual's or the family's need for protective services for adults, preventive services for children and protective services for children and, if necessary, make an appropriate referral.
(e) A homeless individual or family applying for or receiving temporary housing assistance, pursuant to section 352.3(e) or 352.8 of this Part or Part 371 or 491 of this Title, also must comply with all other applicable public assistance and care requirements including, but not limited to:
(1) requirements for participation in employment and training programs, in accordance with Part 385 of this Title, including looking for work, engaging in training, accepting jobs and work assignments, and participating in rehabilitative services;
(2) requirements for participation in rehabilitative services, as described in section 370.2(d)(7) of this Title and Part 385 of this Title;
(3) requirements for participation in the child support enforcement program, as described in sections 351.2(e)(2)(iv), 369.2(b) and 370.2(d) of this Title;
(4) requirements to apply for supplemental security income benefits, as described in sections 369.2(h) and 370.2(c)(5) of this Title;
(5) requirements for location of resources, as described in section 351.2(e) of this Title; and
(6) requirements for acceptance of the offer of a home, as described in section 370.2(c) of this Title.
Failure to comply with any public assistance and care requirements, including, but not limited to, those described above, will subject the recipient of temporary housing assistance to the sanctions specified in the applicable sections of this Title.
(f) A homeless individual or family applying for or receiving temporary housing assistance is subject to the income and resource requirements of this Title; and must cooperate with the social services district's efforts to determine available resources, and must apply for and use any benefits and resources that will reduce or eliminate the need for temporary housing assistance, in accordance with the provisions of this Title.
(g) A social services district must deny or discontinue a person's or family's temporary housing assistance if it determines that the person or family has other housing available, or if it determines, consistent with the regulations in this Title, that the person or family is required to, but is not applying income and/or using available resources to reduce or eliminate the need for temporary housing assistance.
(h) Any individual or family whose application for temporary housing assistance is denied or whose temporary housing assistance is discontinued pursuant to subdivision (c) or (g) of this section, is entitled to a fair hearing, in accordance with Subpart 358-3 of this Title.
18 CRR-NY 352.35
Current through March 31, 2021
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