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AB-2033 Homelessness: federal funding.(2009-2010)

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Corrected  July 06, 2010
Amended  IN  Senate  June 29, 2010
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 19, 2010
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 18, 2010

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2009–2010 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2033


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Torres
(Coauthor(s): Assembly Member Gilmore)

February 17, 2010


An act to add Section 50505.5 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to homelessness.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2033, as amended, Torres. Homelessness: federal funding.
Under existing law, the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development administers various programs relating to homelessness, including the continuum of care program, which is a competitive award program created to address the problems of homelessness in a comprehensive manner. The program authorizes a state to apply for program funding as a balance of state continuum of care that covers geographic areas of the state not included within a community level continuum of care.
This bill would require the Department of Housing and Community Development to apply for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act funding by establishing a balance of state continuum of care program, as described, on or before September 1, 2011. The bill would also require, in the event that the department fails to apply for the federal funding, that the department report the reasons that it failed to apply for the funding, prior to September 30, 2011, notify specified legislative committees of its efforts to comply with the requirements of the bill. The bill would make this reporting notification requirement inoperative on September 30, 2015.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) California has the largest homeless population of any state in the country.
(b) Over 380,000 people in California are homeless for some period of time during the course of each year.
(c) Seventy percent of homeless people in California live unsheltered, which is the largest percentage in the nation.
(d) In 1994, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) introduced the continuum of care planning process, a competitive program designed to encourage communities to address the problems of housing and homelessness in a more coordinated and strategic fashion.
(e) The comprehensive continuum of care approach encourages communities to identify and prioritize gaps in housing and services available for people who are homeless. It also enables communities to develop long-term strategies and action plans to address these gaps using McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 11301) funds and other federal, state, and local resources. The strategic planning conducted through this program also forms the basis of a state’s or community’s continuum of care plan and application to HUD for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance funds.
(f) The fundamental components of a continuum of care program include prevention, outreach, emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing, permanent supportive housing, and supportive services.
(g) In order to receive funding through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, a state or community must develop a continuum of care.
(h) Forty-four counties in the state participated in a continuum of care that received a funding award in 2009.
(i) According to HUD estimates, 13 counties in the state have unclaimed geography not currently included in a community continuum of care. The unclaimed geography represents nine hundred thousand dollars ($900,000) in federal funding that the state could access to address homelessness in smaller, rural communities.
(j) Most states receive funding from HUD using a balance of state continuum of care for areas that are not included in a local community continuum of care. But this state has not taken the necessary steps to establish a balance of state continuum of care to receive the federal funding for areas in this state not included in a local community continuum of care.
(k) It is the Legislature’s intent that the state should access all federal funding that is available to address homelessness by submitting an application to receive funding under a balance of state continuum of care.

SEC. 2.

 Section 50505.5 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

(a) The department shall apply for funding pursuant to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 11301) by establishing a balance of state continuum of care program on or before September 1, 2011.

50505.5.
 (b) For purposes of this section, a balance of state continuum of care includes all geographic areas of the state that are not currently receiving McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance funding through a community continuum of care and geographic areas of the state that do receive federal funds through a community continuum of care that choose to apply for its funding as part of the balance of state continuum of care.

(c)(1)If the department fails to apply for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance funding pursuant to this section, the

(c) (1) The department shall report to notify the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development and the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing, prior to September 30, 2011, the reasons for its failure to apply for the funding of its efforts to comply with this section.
(2) The requirement for submitting a report providing notice pursuant to this subdivision is shall be inoperative on September 30, 2015, pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code. 2015.

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