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AB-14 Multifamily Housing Program: homeless youths: homeless families.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 12/03/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 14


Introduced by Assembly Member Luz Rivas

December 03, 2018


An act to amend Section 50675.1 of, and to add Section 50675.15 to, the Health and Safety Code, relating to housing, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 14, as introduced, Luz Rivas. Multifamily Housing Program: homeless youths: homeless families.
Existing law creates the Multifamily Housing Program under the administration of the Department of Housing and Community Development to provide a standardized set of program rules and features applicable to all housing types, based on the existing California Housing Rehabilitation Program. Among other things, the program provides financial assistance in the form of deferred payment loans to fund projects for the development and construction of new, and rehabilitation or acquisition and rehabilitation of existing, transitional or rental housing developments. Existing law establishes the Housing Rehabilitation Loan Fund within the State Treasury and continuously appropriates money in that fund to the department for specified purposes relating to housing rehabilitation, including the Multifamily Housing Program. Existing law requires that a specified percentage of the total assistance provided under the Multifamily Housing Program be awarded to units restricted to senior citizens, which is known as the total assistance calculation.
This bill would appropriate an unspecified sum from the General Fund into the Housing Rehabilitation Loan Fund to be expended under the Multifamily Housing Program to fund housing for homeless youths and homeless families in accordance with certain requirements, including that the department prioritize loans to housing projects in disadvantaged communities, as defined, and that unspecified amounts be set aside for both certain homeless youths and certain homeless families. This bill would exclude expenditures under its provisions from the total assistance calculation described above. This bill also would authorize the department to monitor the expenditures and activities of loan recipients and request the repayment of funds from a recipient of a loan for failure to comply with program requirements, as specified.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: YES   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 50675.1 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

50675.1.
 (a) This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the Multifamily Housing Program.
(b) Assistance provided to a project pursuant to this chapter shall be provided in the form of a deferred payment loan to pay for the eligible costs of development as hereafter described.
(c) Except as provided in paragraph (3), (3) or (7), on and after January 1, 2008, of the total assistance provided under this chapter, the percentage that is awarded for units restricted to senior citizens, as defined in paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 51.3 of the Civil Code, shall be proportional to the percentage of lower income renter households in the state that are lower income elderly renter households, as reported by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development on the basis of the most recent decennial census conducted by the United States Census Bureau.
(1) The department shall be deemed to have met its obligation under this subdivision if the assistance awarded is not less than 1 percent below the proportional share.
(2) This subdivision does not require the department to provide loans to projects that fail to meet minimum threshold requirements under subdivision (b) of Section 50675.7.
(3) Assistance for projects meeting the definitions in paragraphs (2) and (3) of subdivision (e) of Section 11139.3 of the Government Code and subdivisions (c) and (d) of Section 53260 shall be excluded from the total assistance calculation under this subdivision.
(4) The department shall determine the time period over which it will measure compliance with this section, but that period shall not be less than one year or two funding cycles, whichever period is longer.
(5) If, at the end of the time period determined by the department, the total amount of funding for which sponsors have submitted qualified applications is lower than the proportional share, the department may award the remaining funds to units that are not restricted to senior citizens.
(6) The department’s annual report to the Legislature submitted under Section 50408 shall include a breakdown of funding awards between units restricted to senior citizens and units that are not age-restricted.
(7) Assistance provided for projects pursuant to Section 50675.15 shall be excluded from the total assistance calculation under this subdivision.
(d) This chapter shall be administered by the department and the department shall establish the terms upon which loans may be made consistent with the provisions of this chapter.

SEC. 2.

 Section 50675.15 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

50675.15.
 (a) The Legislature hereby appropriates from the General Fund, without regard to fiscal years, ____ dollars ($____) to the Housing Rehabilitation Loan Fund established by Section 50661 to be expended under the Multifamily Housing Program authorized by this chapter in accordance with the following requirements:
(1) ____ dollars ($____) shall be allocated to housing for homeless youths who are between 18 and 24 years of age.
(2) ____ dollars ($____) shall be allocated to housing for homeless families with one or more members who are under 18 years of age.
(3) The department shall prioritize loans to housing projects in disadvantaged communities when expending funds pursuant to this section.
(4) Assistance provided for projects pursuant to this section shall be excluded from the total assistance calculation under subdivision (c) of Section 50675.1.
(b) (1) The department may monitor the expenditures and activities of a recipient of a loan pursuant to this section, as the department deems necessary, to ensure compliance with program requirements.
(2) The department may, as it deems appropriate or necessary, request the repayment of funds from a recipient of a loan pursuant to this section, or pursue any other remedies available to it by law for failure to comply with program requirements.
(c) For purposes of this section:
(1) “Disadvantaged communities” means communities identified as disadvantaged communities pursuant to Section 39711.
(2) “Homeless” has the same meaning as defined in Section 578.3 of Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as that section read on November 1, 2018.