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Legislature Urges Repeal of Regulations Requiring Homeless Shelter Payments Based on Income

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Legislature Urges Repeal of Regulations Requiring Homeless Shelter Payments Based on Income

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, urged its State legislative representatives to repeal regulations of the State Office or Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) that require homeless individuals with modest income seeking support for Temporary Housing Assistance to contribute shelter payments.

Such payments can be up to $70.54 per night for sheltering costs, which the resolution notes would be an equivalent cost or renting an apartment for approximately $2,100 per month, including utilities. Repeal of the requirement, the resolution states, would allow homeless Tompkins County residents to accumulate sufficient income to better prepare for obtaining and maintaining more permanent housing.