New York State's regulations limit a family seeking safety in a domestic violence shelter to a maximum of 135 days. Those 30-year old regulations don't account for changes in the economy or the decreased availability of safe housing in New York's metropolitan areas. More days are needed to help stabilize families and to find safe housing and viable jobs.
New York State has eliminated the housing subsidy allowing victims two years of rent assistance to help them get back on their feet. With no good alternatives in sight, victims are returning to unsafe situations. Families need the extra 45 day extension to get their lives together so their exit from shelters can be done safely.
We have just learend that the senate leadership is calling for senators to come back to Albany for s pecial sessioin in the next few weeks. We want S973 to be one of the pieces of legislation that they pass. Write to key New York State senators and urge them to pass Senate Bill 973. Please respond immediately as New York's legislative session is coming to a close.