This came in late Thursday afternoon so we don't have time to provide a full analysis of what it means. But we wanted to provide our readers with the information as soon as possible.
The NYC Council published its response to Mayor Bloomberg's budget and is calling for an increase in HASA funds, and an investigation into the impact of the HASA broker's fee reduction. They write:
However, HRA now proposes funding cuts which would fund HASA programs in Fiscal 2013 at almost Fiscal 2002 levels. These cuts would undoubtedly reduce the availability of services and undermine Local Law 49. The Council does not agree with HRA's claims that the services provided by HASA case managers and contracted supportive housing case managers are duplicative and believes that these cuts violate Local Law 49 of 1997. Accordingly, the Council calls upon the Administration to restore and baseline $6.2 million for HASA services in Fiscal 2013 and in the outyears.
The Council urges HRA to investigate the impact of its policy to reimburse brokers 50 percent of their usual fees on HASA clients and to work with the Council to devise measures to protect vulnerable HASA clients against unscrupulous brokers.
Read the full report below: