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AB-2161 Housing: homeless integrated data warehouse.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/26/2018 10:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 25, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2161


Introduced by Assembly Member Chiu
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Bloom, Bonta, Gonzalez Fletcher, and Santiago)
(Coauthor: Senator Beall)

February 12, 2018


An act to add Chapter 5.9 (commencing with Section 13605) to Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to housing.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2161, as amended, Chiu. Housing: homeless integrated data warehouse.
Existing law establishes various programs, including, among others, the Emergency Housing and Assistance Program, to provide assistance to homeless persons. Existing law also establishes the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council to, among other things, create a statewide data system or warehouse that collects local data through homeless management information systems, with the ultimate goal of matching data on homelessness programs to programs impacting homeless recipients of state programs, as specified.
This bill would direct the Department of Housing and Community Development to create a state homeless integrated data warehouse, in coordination with the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council, to develop a composite portrayal of the homeless population in the state and the services provided to this population or to those at risk of becoming homeless. The bill requires certain would require that the information to be compiled for the database, database include the data necessary to make certain findings, including, among other things, the number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness, their access to benefits, and the stated reasons for their homelessness. The bill would require the department to coordinate with other state agencies to draft and carry out a strategy to create an integrated data warehouse comprised of information to provide longitudinal, cost-based studies with relevant data, as specified. The bill requires would require the database to meet federal homeless management information system technical standards to protect privacy comply with all relevant state and federal laws regarding privacy and personally identifying information and would encourage local agencies that provide services to homeless persons and use homeless management information systems to collaborate with the department, 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.

 Chapter 5.9 (commencing with Section 13605) is added to Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:
CHAPTER  5.9. Homeless Integrated Data Warehouse

13605.
 (a) The Department of Housing and Community Development shall do all of the following:
(1) Create a state homeless integrated data warehouse, in coordination with the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council established by Section 8257, to compile data from collaborative agencies’ Homeless Management Information Systems. This data warehouse shall serve the purpose of developing a composite portrayal of the homeless population in the state, as well as the services currently provided to individuals who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless and who are receiving prevention services. Information compiled for the warehouse shall include, but not be limited to, the data necessary to determine all of the following:
(A) Basic demographic information regarding individuals experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness. If available, demographic information should include ethnic and racial identity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
(B) The number of individuals with disabilities and the number of families with a head of household experiencing a disability who have been homeless for at least one year or at least four times in the last three years.
(C) Homeless individuals’ access to benefits.
(D) The number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
(E) The number and entry and exit dates of individuals and families living in emergency housing.
(F) The number and entry and exit dates of homeless individuals and families living in transitional housing.
(G) The number and entry and exit dates of homeless individuals and families living in permanent housing.
(H) Last known location or ZIP Code of homeless individuals or families when housed.
(I) Stated reasons for homelessness.
(J) Disability status of people experiencing homelessness.
(K) Veteran status of people experiencing homelessness.
(L) If available, the number of unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness.
(2) Cooperate and collaborate with each of the following state agencies, as necessary, to draft and carry out a strategy to create an integrated data warehouse comprised of information from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the State Department of Education, the State Department of Health Care Services, the State Department of State Hospitals, the State Department of Social Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, to provide longitudinal, cost-based studies to determine all of the following information:
(A) The number of people imprisoned each year who were homeless upon arrest and the cost of their imprisonment.
(B) The number of parolees experiencing homelessness each year and the cost of their parole.
(C) The number of children in California schools experiencing homelessness.
(D) Claims for Medi-Cal emergency department, hospital, and nursing home services among people experiencing homelessness, and the costs of those claims each year.
(E) The number of children receiving foster care services whose family members are homeless and the cost of the foster care provided to those children each year.
(F) Relevant information regarding the number of people who are homeless receiving services through the State Department of State Hospitals, State Department of Social Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, and State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs and the cost and outcomes of those services.
(G) The number of people living in housing funded through programs administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development who were homeless upon admission.
(3) Facilitate the creation of a users’ group to ensure quality, relevance, and appropriate access to the integrated data. This group should include, but not be limited to, a minimum of five and a maximum of 15 select members of contributing federal Continuum of Care Program Collaborative Applicants.
(b) The data warehouse shall meet the requirements of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Homeless Management Information System Technical Standards in protecting privacy. comply with all relevant state and federal laws regarding privacy and personally identifying information.
(c) Upon completion of a data warehouse that includes the data specified in subdivision (a), participating agencies shall input and update its data, at a minimum, each quarter.
(d) Local agencies providing services to homeless persons that use a homeless management information system are encouraged to collaborate with the Department of Housing and Community Development in developing the data warehouse pursuant to this chapter.