Social Services Reform Proposal Approved – Direct Pay Approved

By |April 11th, 2015|

Niagara County Legislature Approves Resolution for Direct Pay to Lanldlords
This is page 1 of the 15 page agenda of the Niagara County Legislature. The first agenda item, in bold, IL-002-13 was the LAGN's resolution for direct pay. This was common sense legislation and serious business with a significant benefit to landlords, taxpayers, and homeowners.

AGENDA
NIAGARA COUNTY [...]

Social Services Reform Proposal 4 – DSS Improved Metrics

By |April 11th, 2015|

LAGN Housing Assistance Reform Proposals for
Niagara County Department of Social Services -
DSS Improved Metrics 
4. Establish new outcome based performance metrics to modify policy to increase program success.
The goal of the AFDC program was to provide income support to needy, single parents in order to care for their children. By contrast the goal of the TANF program is [...]

Social Services Reform Proposal 3 – Tenant Accountablilty

By |April 11th, 2015|

LAGN Housing Assistance Reform Proposals for
Niagara County Department of Social Services -
Tenant Accountablity
3. Institute accountability measures to promote stability
and discourage “waste”.
There is no shame in finding yourself in need of help. Taxpayers understand the need and have agreed to fund governmental assistance programs with their tax dollars. Non-profit organizations have made it their mission to lighten the load [...]

Social Services Reform Proposal 2 – Mandatory Pre Inspection

By |April 11th, 2015|

LAGN Housing Assistance Reform Proposals for
Niagara County Department of Social Services
2. Make mandatory and a condition of move in the inspection of the rental unit each DSS Client/Tenant selects.
The New York State legislature codified the implied warranty of habitability in Real Property Law section 235-b,3.

In every written or oral lease or rental agreement for residential premises [...]

Social Services Reform Proposal – Introdcution

By |April 11th, 2015|

LAGN Housing Assistance Reform Proposals for
Niagara County Department of Social Services - Introduction
According to the Social Security Administration’s web site, “From the earliest colonial times, local villages and towns recognized an obligation to aid the needy when family effort and assistance provided by neighbors and friends were not sufficient.”

Life in America has evolved dramatically since colonial [...]

Social Services Reform Proposal 1 – Direct Pay

By |April 11th, 2015|

LAGN Housing Assistance Reform Proposals for
Niagara County Department of Social Services - Direct Pay
Special Note: This proposal was adopted by the Niagara County Legislature.
This document, >>    << was the foundation for adoption.  
1. Make mandatory the payment of Housing Vouchers directly to the Landlord.
There is precedence here to support mandatory Housing Voucher payments to Landlords. One [...]

Four Point Proposal for Social Services Reform

By |April 11th, 2015|

The Landlord's Association of Greater Niagara Submits a Four Point Proposal for Social Services Reforms
Download the complete PDF version of the proposals here.
>> Download Proposals  <<

Can a Landlord be Forced to Accept Housing Vouchers

By |August 14th, 2014|

Landlord fined for discrimination says he wasn’t aware of city’s fair housing ordinance.
Should landlords ban together and file suit against this ordinance?
The Buffalo News
August 13, 2014

Pleto is one of two Buffalo landlords that the state Attorney General’s office this week said had reached settlements after acknowledging that they had, in effect, discriminated against prospective tenants [...]

DSS Confusing Message

By |June 14th, 2014|

Open Letter to Legislator Dennis Virtuoso
Letter Dated 6/14/2014 Regarding Boilerplate Statements from DSS
June 14, 2014

Dear Dennis,

I am writing you today to get clarification on two points that are addressed in the document from DSS I have enclosed for your reference.

The first item is item 1; “Payment made by voucher is a convenience to the landlord.” [...]

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