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SB-792 Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 07/03/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  July 03, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 25, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  May 26, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 792


Introduced by Senator Wilk

February 17, 2017


An act to add Section 8258 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to homelessness.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 792, as amended, Wilk. Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council.
Existing law establishes various programs, including, among others, the Emergency Housing and Assistance Program, to provide assistance to homeless persons. Existing law requires a state agency or department that funds, implements, or administers a state program that provides housing or housing-related services to people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, except as specified, to revise or adopt guidelines and regulations to include enumerated Housing First policies. Existing law establishes the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council to oversee the implementation of the Housing First guidelines and regulations and, among other things, to identify resources, benefits, and services that can be accessed to prevent and end homelessness in California.
This bill would require the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council to develop and implement a statewide strategic plan for addressing homelessness in the state, as specified. The bill would require, by January 1, 2020, the council to implement 2 strategic plans to assist federal Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care lead agencies in either or both better implementing Housing and Urban Development recommended activities and meeting Housing and Urban Development requirements.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 8258 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

8258.
 In addition to the other duties described in this chapter, the coordinating council shall do all of the following:
(a) By July 1, 2019, 2020, develop and implement a statewide strategic plan for addressing homelessness in the state. This plan shall include goals and objectives and timelines for achieving them, and metrics for measuring their achievements. Included among the goals and objectives shall be the identification of additional funding sources that state and local agencies can use to better address homelessness issues in the state.
(b) By January 1, 2020, implement strategic plans to assist HUD Continuum of Care lead agencies to do either or both of the following:
(1) Better implement federal Housing and Urban Development recommended activities, including conducting annual counts of the unsheltered homeless population, raising nonfederal funding, and coordinating with other agencies.
(2) Better meet federal Housing and Urban Development requirements, including implementation of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and entry systems. The state homeless council shall include among its considerations the establishment of a balance of state Continuum of Care areas to help alleviate the administrative burdens imposed on Continuum of Care lead agencies, especially in rural areas.