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SB-1201 Homelessness: state programs: Housing First.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/20/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 1201


Introduced by Senator Jones

February 20, 2020


An act to amend Section 8256 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to homelessness.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1201, as introduced, Jones. Homelessness: state programs: Housing First.
Existing law requires agencies and departments administering state programs to adopt guidelines and regulations to incorporate core components of Housing First, as defined. Existing law defines “state programs” for this purpose as any program a California state agency or department funds, implements, or administers for the purpose of providing housing or housing-based services to people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, except as provided.
This bill, notwithstanding the requirement to adopt guidelines and regulations to incorporate core components of Housing First or any guidelines or regulations adopted pursuant to that requirement, would authorize an agency or department that administers a state program that has incorporated core components of Housing First to provide funding in accordance with the state program to housing that does not comply with Housing First.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 8256 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

8256.
 (a) Agencies and departments Any agency or department administering state programs created on or after July 1, 2017, shall collaborate with the coordinating council to adopt guidelines and regulations to incorporate core components of Housing First.
(b) By July 1, 2019, except as otherwise provided in subdivision (c), agencies and departments an agency or department administering state programs in existence prior to before July 1, 2017, shall collaborate with the coordinating council to revise or adopt guidelines and regulations that incorporate the core components of Housing First, if the existing guidelines and regulations do not already incorporate the core components of Housing First.
(c) (1) An agency or department that administers programs that fund recovery housing shall comply with the requirements of subdivision (b) by July 1, 2020.
(2) An agency or department that administers programs that fund recovery housing shall additionally do both of the following:
(A) Consult with the Legislature, the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council, the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency, and other stakeholders between July 1, 2019, and July 1, 2020, to identify ways to improve the provision of housing to individuals who receive funding from that agency or department, consistent with the applicable requirements of state law.
(B) By March 1, 2020, submit a report to the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review and the Assembly Committee on Budget on its efforts to comply with Housing First specifically and to improve the provision of housing to individuals who receive housing assistance from the agency or department generally.
(3) (A) For purposes of this subdivision, “recovery housing” means sober living facilities and programs that provide housing in an abstinence-focused and peer-supported community if participation is voluntary, unless that participation is pursuant to a court order or is a condition of release for individuals under the jurisdiction of a county probation department of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
(B) A recovery housing program shall comply with the core components of Housing First, other than those components described in paragraphs (5) through (7), inclusive, of subdivision (b) of Section 8255.
(d) Notwithstanding subdivisions (a) to (c), inclusive, or any guidelines or regulations adopted pursuant to this section, an agency or department that administers a state program and has incorporated core components of Housing First as required by this section may provide funding in accordance with that state program to housing that does not comply with Housing First.