18 CRR-NY 900.12NY-CRR
18 CRR-NY 900.12
18 CRR-NY 900.12
900.12 Resident rights and obligations.
(a) The operator of a shelter for families shall adopt resident rules governing day-to-day life and activities in the facility and post these rules in a location accessible to residents of the facility and visitors.
(b) Upon admission, each family must be provided with a copy of the facility rules setting forth their rights and responsibilities while residing in the facility, and must be advised in writing of the consequences of failing to comply with the rules of the facility including discharge and in certain circumstances discontinuance of temporary housing assistance.
(c) Resident rights.
At a minimum, the operator shall afford each resident the following rights, which will be set forth in the resident rules:
(1) a resident shall have the right to remain in the facility and not to be involuntarily transferred or discharged except as provided in this Part;
(2) a resident shall have the right to leave and return to the facility and grounds at reasonable hours in accordance with the rules of the facility;
(3) a resident’s civil rights shall not be infringed;
(4) a resident’s religious liberties shall not be infringed;
(5) a resident shall have the right to have private written and verbal communications including the right to meet with legal representatives, legal counsel, medical providers, social workers, and any other service providers or persons authorized by the social services district. Any requirements as to prior notice and hours of access shall be set forth in the resident rules;
(6) a resident shall have the right to receive and send mail or any other correspondence without interception or interference, except that incoming mail may be scanned and/or x-rayed to ensure that it does not contain contraband that could pose a threat to the security of the facility or to the health and safety of residents or staff;
(7) a resident shall have the right to join with other residents or individuals to work for improvements in resident care;
(8) a resident shall have the right to present grievances on one’s own behalf, or on behalf of other residents, to the operator or operator’s designee, to the social services district, and/or to the office, without fear of reprisal;
(9) a resident shall have the right to manage one’s own financial affairs;
(10) a resident shall have the right to confidential treatment of personal, social, financial and medical records;
(11) a resident shall have the right to receive courteous, fair and respectful care and treatment;
(12) a resident shall have the right to be free from restraint or confinement and shall not be locked in a room at any time;
(13) a resident shall have the right to privacy in caring for personal needs;
(14) a resident shall have the right to have their version of the events leading to an accident or incident in which he/she is involved included on all accident or incident reports;
(15) a resident shall not be obliged to perform work by coercion or threat;
(16) a resident shall not be permitted, or obliged, to provide any operator or agent of the operator any gratuity in any form for services provided or arranged for in accord with law or regulation;
(17) a resident shall have the right to receive visitors in designated areas of the facility during reasonable hours as specified in the resident rules; and
(18) a resident shall have the right to request that a shelter operator or social services district make reasonable accommodations for any physical or mental disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
(d) Resident rules.
The resident rules must inform families of the obligations upon which their continued residence in the shelter depends and the sanctions for noncompliance. At a minimum, rules concerning the following family obligations must be set forth in the resident rules:
(1) applying for Emergency Assistance to Needy Families with Children, Family Assistance, Safety Net Assistance, Veteran Assistance, Emergency Assistance for Adults, SSI, or additional State payments, to the extent that any family member is eligible to receive such benefits pursuant to section 349.3 of this Title;
(2) developing, carrying out and completing a service or independent living plan with facility or social services district staff to achieve permanent housing and reviewing such plan with facility staff at least once every two weeks;
(3) complying with any responsibilities, conditions or requirements set forth in the resident’s independent living plan;
(4) seeking and accepting permanent housing;
(5) seeking and accepting employment;
(6) maintaining the cleanliness of their own sleeping and living areas, including bathroom and cooking areas, if any, as well as laundering and changing linens and towels regularly if required by facility staff;
(7) using communal areas appropriately;
(8) notifying facility staff of any illnesses of each member of the family;
(9) cooperating with the social services district and facility staff in an assessment of the family’s housing and housing-related public assistance and care needs;
(10) refraining from engaging in acts which endanger the health and safety of oneself or others, or which substantially interfere with the orderly operation of the facility;
(11) complying with all public assistance and care requirements that apply to the resident or resident family;
(12) paying to the facility or the social services district the resident or resident family’s share of the cost of temporary housing in the amount determined by the social services district;
(13) ensuring school attendance of school-age children in their family;
(14) supervising minor family members;
(15) utilizing child care provided through the facility or social services district when such care is necessary to enable the parent or caretaker relative to seek employment and/or permanent housing or to attend school or training; and
(16) for pregnant persons, participating in a prenatal care services program.
(e) Each resident shall have the responsibilities to obey the rules of the facility and to respect the personal rights and private property of the other residents.
18 CRR-NY 900.12
Current through May 15, 2021
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