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AB-2329 Homelessness: statewide needs and gaps analysis.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/14/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2329


Introduced by Assembly Members Chiu and Gloria
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Maienschein)

February 14, 2020


An act to add Sections 8258 and 8258.1 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to homelessness.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2329, as introduced, Chiu. Homelessness: statewide needs and gaps analysis.
Existing law requires the Governor to create the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council to, among other things, identify mainstream resources, benefits, and services that can be accessed to prevent and end homelessness in California and to serve as a statewide facilitator, coordinator, and policy development resource on ending homelessness in California.
This bill, upon appropriation by the Legislature, would require the coordinating council to conduct, or contract with an entity to conduct, a statewide needs and gaps analysis to identify, among other things, state programs that provide housing or services to persons experiencing homelessness and funding required to move persons experiencing homelessness into permanent housing. The bill would authorize local governments to collaborate with the coordinating council upon the above-mentioned appropriation. The bill would also require the council to seek input from the coordinating council’s members on the direction of, design of data collection for, and items to be included in the statewide needs and gaps analysis. The bill would require the council to report on the analysis to specified committees in the Legislature by July 31, 2021.
This bill would require the coordinating council to evaluate all available data, including, among other things, data from other state departments and agencies. The bill would require a state department or agency with a member on the coordinating council to assist in data collection for the analysis by responding to data requests within 180 days, as specified.
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, immediately following Section 8257, to read:

8258.
 (a) Upon appropriation by the Legislature, the coordinating council shall do all of the following:
(1) Conduct, or contract with an entity to conduct, a statewide needs and gaps analysis that will do all of the following:
(A) Identify programs in the state that provide housing or services to persons experiencing homelessness and describe all of the following for each program to the extent that data is available:
(i) The amount of funding the program receives each year and funding sources for the program.
(ii) The number of persons the program serves each year.
(iii) The types of housing and services provided to the persons the program serves each year.
(iv) Limitations, if any, on the length of stay for housing programs and length of services for service programs.
(v) If applicable, reasons for the unavailability of data.
(B) Identify the total number and type of permanent housing beds, units, or opportunities available to persons experiencing homelessness statewide and in geographically diverse regions across the state.
(C) Analyze the need for permanent housing opportunities, including, but not limited to, supportive housing, rapid rehousing, and affordable housing.
(D) Analyze the need for services to assist persons in exiting homelessness and remaining housed.
(E) Identify the number of and types of interim interventions available to persons experiencing homelessness in geographically diverse regions across the state. The data shall also include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(i) The number of year-round shelter beds and the average length of stay for those beds for each region.
(ii) The average length of stay in or use of interim interventions.
(iii) The exit rate from an interim intervention to permanent housing.
(F) Analyze the need for additional interim interventions and funding needed to create these interventions, taking into consideration the ideal length of stay in or use of the intervention.
(G) Identify state-funded institutional settings that discharge persons into homelessness, and the total number of persons discharged into homelessness from each of those settings.
(H) Collect data on the numbers and demographics of persons experiencing homelessness in all of the following circumstances:
(i) As a young adult.
(ii) As an unaccompanied minor.
(iii) As a single adult experiencing chronic homelessness and nonchronic homelessness.
(iv) As an adult over 50 years of age.
(v) As a domestic violence survivor.
(vi) As a veteran.
(vii) As a person on parole or probation.
(viii) As a member of a family, where other members of the family are also experiencing homelessness.
(ix) As a person experiencing chronic homelessness.
(I) Create a financial model that will assess needs for investment in capital and for coverage of operating, rental assistance, and services costs for purposes of moving persons experiencing homelessness into permanent housing.
(2) For purposes of collecting data pursuant to paragraph (1), and upon the appropriation pursuant to subdivision (a) that includes coverage of costs, local government may collaborate with the coordinating council to do all of the following:
(A) If available, share existing data from local gaps or needs analyses to inform statewide data.
(B) Conduct a needs analysis in a sampling of up to six geographically diverse regions to inform statewide data.
(3) (A) For purposes of collecting data pursuant to paragraph (1), evaluate all available data, including, but not limited to, data from other agencies and departments, statewide and local homeless point-in-time counts and housing inventory counts, and available statewide information on the number or rate of persons exiting state-funded institutional settings into homelessness.
(B) To the extent specific data is unavailable for purposes of subparagraph (A), the council may calculate estimates based on national or local data. The council shall only use data that meets either of the following requirements:
(i) The data is from an evaluation or study from a third-party evaluator or researcher and is consistent with data from evaluations or studies from other third-party evaluators or researchers.
(ii) A federal agency cites and refers to the data as evidence-based.
(4) Seek input from the council’s members on the direction of, design of data collection for, and items to be included in the analysis conducted pursuant to paragraph (1).
(5) Report on the final needs and gaps analysis by July 31, 2021, to the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development, the Assembly Committee on Budget, Senate Committee on Housing, and Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. The report submitted pursuant to this paragraph shall comply with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(b) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Chronic homelessness” has the same definition as that in Section 578.3 of Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as that section read on January 1, 2020.
(2) “Interim interventions” include, but are not limited to, year-round shelter beds, recuperative care beds, and motel vouchers.
(3) “State-funded institutional settings” include, but are not limited to, justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, and health care settings.
(4) “Young adult” means a person 18 to 24 years of age, inclusive.

SEC. 2.

 Section 8258.1 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, immediately following Section 8258, to read:

8258.1.
 (a) Notwithstanding any other law, for purposes of designing, collecting data for, and approving the needs and gaps analysis described in Section 8258, a state department or agency that has a member on the coordinating council shall, within 180 days of a request for data pertaining to that state department or agency, provide to the council, or entity conducting the analysis, the requested data, including, but not limited to, the number or rate of persons exiting state-funded institutional settings into homelessness.
(b) The state department or agency shall remove any personally identifying data provided pursuant to subdivision (a), if any.
(c) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Personally identifying information” has the same meaning as that in Section 1798.79.8 of the Civil Code.
(2) “State-funded institutional settings” include, but are not limited to, justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, and health care settings.