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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule Following amendments to New York Social Services Law § 36-c, DHS issues this rule for the Income Savings Plan Program, or “ISP” Program, whose purpose is to help clients exit DHS shelters by budgeting for and developing savings to facilitate their transition to permanent housing upon shelter exit. Under the ISP Program, certain households with earned income will be required to deposit a portion of their earned income (generally 30%) to a savings account. Except on a case-by-case basis where a household has been approved by DSS to use their own commercial bank account, deposited funds will be held by the New York City Department of Social Services and will be made available to program participants upon their exit from shelter, if not earlier. The ISP Program will be implemented in phases for multiple populations. This rule establishes the first phase of this program, which will apply to employed residents of DHS shelters for single adults whose income from employment exceeds a threshold that is equivalent to the amount that would make most single-person households not in shelter ineligible for ongoing cash assistance. DHS will amend the rule as it rolls out the program to additional populations with earned income, including families with children. Participation in the ISP Program will be a shelter program eligibility requirement and clients who are not in compliance may have their shelter discontinued, but will have the opportunity to immediately cure a violation.

Effective Date: 
Sun, 12/15/2019

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:4)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Proposed Rules Content: 

Section 352.35 of Title 18 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulation, authorizes the New York City Department of Homeless Services (“DHS”) to make this proposed rule.

Following amendments to New York Social Services Law § 36-c, DHS proposes this rule for the Income Savings Plan Program, or “ISP” Program, whose purpose is to help clients exit DHS shelters by budgeting for and developing savings to facilitate their transition to permanent housing upon shelter exit. Under the ISP Program, certain households with earned income will be required to deposit a portion of their earned income (generally 30%) to a savings account. Deposited funds will be held by the New York City Department of Social Services and will be made available to program participants upon their exit from shelter.

The ISP Program will be implemented in phases for multiple populations. This rule establishes the first phase of this program, which will apply to employed residents of DHS shelters for single adults whose earned income makes them ineligible for Cash Assistance. DHS will amend the rule as it rolls out the program to additional populations with earned income, including families with children. Participation in the ISP Program plan will be a shelter program eligibility requirement pursuant to State regulation 18 NYCRR § 352.35(f) and will be subject to the application of the temporary discontinuance of shelter requirements of State regulation 18 NYCRR § 352.35, with a provision to immediately cure a violation.

Subject: 

DHS Proposed Rule - Income Savings Plan Program

Location: 
2nd Floor Auditorium
125 Worth Street Enter at Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10013
Contact: 

Kathleen Lee, DHSRules@dhs.nyc.gov or 929-221-6690