Communities will now have the chance to hear plans for proposed social service facility sites before they appear in their neighborhoods.
The Senate recently approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Joseph Addabbo requiring a more transparent process when it comes to locating homeless shelters or other social service facilities in communities throughout the city.
Under the new legislation, social service providers would be required to notify community boards and the City Planning Commission (CPC) within 45 to 90 days of selecting a location for their facility. The CPC would then have to hold public hearings to gather local input on the proposed facilities.
Within 60 to 90 days of the public hearings, the CPC would have the final authority to approve, deny or modify the community-based programs.
Community boards may also request hearings be held within the same time frame if a provider is planning on renewing its lease. This allows for local input in cases where questions have been raised about the operation of the facility.
(In other words, they'll be forced to listen to you before they proceed without caring.)