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AB-232 Department of Finance: homelessness relief.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/01/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 01, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 23, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 232


Introduced by Assembly Member Ridley-Thomas
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Bigelow, Caballero, Cooper, Gray, and Thurmond)

January 26, 2017


An act to add Section 13805 to the Government Code, relating to homelessness relief, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 232, as amended, Ridley-Thomas. Department of Finance: homelessness relief.
Existing law creates the Department of Finance and provides that the department has general powers of supervision over all matters concerning the financial and business policies of the state.
This bill would enact the Homeless Relief Act of 2017. The bill would appropriate $500,000,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Finance for expenditure for the purpose of relieving homelessness in this state, to be allocated regionally to unspecified entities in accordance with a prescribed schedule. to local continuums of care based on a formula developed by the Department of Housing and Community Development.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: YES   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares the following:
(1) California has by far the largest homeless population in the nation.
(2) Factors that contribute to the homelessness crisis include the expensive rental market, rapidly declining numbers of low-income housing units, and slow wage growth.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to address the homelessness crisis in California by allocating five hundred million dollars ($500,000,000) to joint powers agencies formed to relieve homelessness and to individual counties where no joint powers agency exists for that purpose. address this crisis.

SEC. 2.

 This act shall be known and may be cited as the Homeless Relief Act of 2017.

SEC. 3.

 Section 13805 is added to the Government Code, to read:

13805.
 The sum of five hundred million dollars ($500,000,000) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the Department of Finance for expenditure for the purpose of relieving homelessness in this state, to be allocated regionally in accordance with the following: proportional to need to local continuums of care based on a formula developed by the Department of Housing and Community Development. The Department of Housing and Community Development shall take into consideration when developing the formula the ability of local continuums of care to leverage funding. Funding shall be used to support Housing First, as defined in subdivision (d) of Section 8255 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, an evidence-based model to address homelessness.

(a)____ million dollars ($____) to____.

(b)____ million dollars ($____) to____.