Access to Public Housing for Formerly Incarcerated People (New York City Housing Authority)

Sarika Ram filed this request with the New York City Housing Authority of New York City, NY.
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From: Sarika Ram

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:

-Currently valid policies related to public housing access for previously incarcerated people
-Currently valid policies related to the Authority's valid grounds for evicting tenants (i.e. drug activity)
-Any responses (i.e. emails, press releases, letters) related to Secretary Shaun Donovan's letter sent on June 17, 2011 related to providing housing access for previously incarcerated people

Please provide materials on a rolling basis, as they become available.

If you have any questions, please feel free to clarify via phone at 610-637-7745.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Sarika Ram

From: New York City Housing Authority

This acknowledges receipt of your letter wherein you requested access to the above-noted records maintained by the New York City Housing Authority.

We are in the process of determining whether the documents are available for disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Your request will be granted or denied in approximately one (1) month from the date of this letter.

If you are requesting access to your own records, you must produce a valid photo ID to review and/or receive such records.

If you are an attorney making a request, please note that an Notarized Release is required prior to disclosing your client’s personal and confidential information.

Please be advised that the statutory reproduction fee of $.25 per page must be paid prior to making the pertinent copies. Please be further advised that the cost of postage will be added to your copying costs.

From: New York City Housing Authority

Good Afternoon,

Please see attached documents in regards to your FOIL request. This is a partial release as we will follow up with the proper custodial departments involved. We anticipate a further response within thirty (30) days or less. Thank you.

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From: Sarika Ram

Hello,
Thank you for prompting providing responsive documents. I'd like to modify this request to additionally include the following:

-Currently valid policies/procedures regarding obtaining criminal conviction records from law enforcement agencies and sex offender registration information from the appropriate state/local agency responsible for the maintenance of sex offender registration program
-Any reports compiling the data of applicants to public housing and Section 8 housing assistance from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017
-Any reports compiling the data of public housing and Section 8 housing assistance denials and the basis of those denials between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017
-Any logs of police reports related to activity in public housing and Section 8-subsidized units between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017
-Any grievances/complaints of discrimination submitted between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 including any of the following words/phrases:
-crime
-crimes
-criminal
-convict
-convicted
-sex offense
-sex offender
-jail
-prison
-correctional facility
-probation
-parole
-conviction record
-arrest record

Please provide materials on a rolling basis, as they become available.

If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 6106377745.

Thanks,
Sarika

From: New York City Housing Authority

A diligent search of New York City Housing Authority’s records disclosed one CD-DVD of records. This disk will include the previously provided items as well as those records too big to email.

Upon receipt of a check or money order in the amount of $6.95 payable to the New York City Housing Authority (for the statutory reproduction fee of $5.00 for CD-DVD and $1.95 for the cost of postage via First Class Mail), we will forward the records to you.

Please be sure to address your payment to: New York City Housing Authority, 250 Broadway,
9th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10007; Attention: Freedom of Information Law Office.

PLEASE NOTE YOUR FOIL NUMBER 1039787 BELOW ON ALL CORRESPONDENCE, INCLUDING CHECK.

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From: New York City Housing Authority

This is a status update to your request received by the FOIL Unit wherein you requested access to records maintained by the New York City Housing Authority.

Please be advised that you have not been denied the information and/or records sought. We apologize for the unexpected delay. We are continuing to follow up with the administering department(s) involved and expect to be able to respond to your request in approximately 30 days from the date of this letter, or earlier

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