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  • AFC Submits Testimony on Intro. 123 Regarding Families with Children in DHS Shelters

    Today, AFC is submitting testimony to the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare regarding Intro 123-2024, which would preclude DHS from requiring a child’s presence when a family applies or reapplies for shelter.

    Jun 11, 2024

    New York City City Hall Building

    The City should be doing all it can to ensure students experiencing homelessness can get to school every day and ending practices and policies that contribute to absenteeism. Students should not have to miss school when their families apply for shelter. Intro. 123 would remove this barrier to school attendance and help prevent children, many of whom are already experiencing trauma, from being exposed to the stressful shelter intake process. We urge the Council to move forward with this bill as quickly as possible.