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AB-67 Individuals or families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness: definition.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/26/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  February 26, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 67


Introduced by Assembly Member Luz Rivas

December 03, 2018


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


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 67, as amended, Luz Rivas. Individuals or families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness: definition.
Existing law provides various housing and supportive services for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and defines the terms “homeless” and “at risk of homelessness” for those purposes, as specified. 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.
Existing federal law, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, establishes various programs and grants to provide a range of services to homeless individuals and families, and defines the terms “homeless,” “homeless individual,” and “homeless person” to mean, among other things, an individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence or an individual who resided in a shelter or place not meant for human habitation and who is exiting an institution where he or she the individual temporarily resided.

This bill would require the coordinating council, in consultation with specified state entities, to develop, and recommend in a report to the Legislature, a standard definition of “homeless” and “at risk of homelessness” for purposes of providing programs and services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The bill would require the coordinating council, in developing the recommended definitions, to review and consider the existing definitions of those terms, as provided in state laws and regulations and the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

This bill would require the coordinating council to compile a list of federal, state, and local funding sources, programs, and services for addressing homelessness, and the definitions of “homeless” and “at risk of homelessness” used for those purposes, and would require state and local governmental entities that provide programs and services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, or funding for those programs and services, to provide the coordinating council with the existing definitions of those terms. The bill would require the coordinating council, in consultation with those state and local governmental entities, to develop and recommend in a report to the Legislature the funding sources, programs, and services for which the definitions of “homeless” and “at risk of homelessness” that are used for those purposes may be aligned to ensure a continuum of care for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The bill would require the coordinating council to post the report on its internet website. By imposing new duties on local agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NOYES  

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.

(a)The coordinating council, in consultation with state entities that provide programs and services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, shall develop, and recommend in a report to the Legislature, a standard definition of “homeless” and “at risk of homelessness” for purposes of providing programs and services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The coordinating council shall review and consider the existing definitions of those terms, as provided in state laws and regulations and the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 11302), in developing the recommended definition of those terms.

8258.
 (a) The coordinating council shall compile a list of federal, state, and local funding sources, programs, and services for addressing homelessness, and the definitions of “homeless” and “at risk of homelessness” used for those purposes.
(b) State and local governmental entities that provide programs and services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, or funding for those programs and services, shall provide the coordinating council with the existing definitions of “homeless” and “at risk of homelessness,” used for those purposes.
(c) The coordinating council, in consultation with state and local governmental entities specified in subdivision (b), shall develop and recommend in a report to the Legislature the funding sources, programs, and services for which the definitions of “homeless” and “at risk of homelessness” that are used for those purposes may be aligned to ensure a continuum of care for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The coordinating council shall review and consider the existing definitions of those terms, as provided by the state and local governmental entities pursuant to subdivision (b) and in state laws and regulations and the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 11302), in making its recommendation to the Legislature. The report shall include the list specified in subdivision (a). The coordinating council shall post the report on its internet website.

(b)

(d) The report required to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

(c)

(e) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section is repealed on January 1, 2024.

SEC. 2.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.