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SB-1202 Employment and training grants.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 05/11/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  May 11, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 1202


Introduced by Senator Jones

February 20, 2020


An act to add Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 8280) to Division 8 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to public social services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1202, as amended, Jones. Employment and training grants.
Under existing law, several state agencies have prescribed responsibilities relating to homeless persons. Existing law requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to administer the California Emergency Solutions Grants Program and make grants under the program to qualifying recipients to implement activities that address the needs of homeless individuals and families and assist them to regain stability in permanent housing as quickly as possible. Existing law requires agencies and departments administering state programs to incorporate core components of Housing First, which is defined to mean the evidence-based model that uses housing as a tool, rather than a reward, for recovery and that centers on providing or connecting homeless people to permanent housing as quickly as possible.
Under existing law, the Department of Community Services and Development has various duties and responsibilities with respect to low-income individuals, including coordinating and establishing linkages between governmental and other social services programs to ensure the effective delivery of services to those individuals.
This bill would require the Department of Community Services and Development to establish a program for the purpose of providing grants to nonprofit entities to create employment and job skill training opportunities for homeless individuals. The bill would require the department to prioritize nonprofit entities seeking to expand existing successful programs that meet the qualifications of the bill when determining grant awards. The bill would specify that the grant program is not subject to the requirements of 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.

 Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 8280) is added to Division 8 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:
CHAPTER  8. Employment and Training Grants

8280.
 The Department of Community Services and Development shall establish a program for the purpose of providing grants to nonprofit entities to create employment and job skill training opportunities for homeless individuals.

8281.
 (a) To qualify for a grant under this chapter, a nonprofit entity shall submit a plan to the department to provide new employment opportunities for homeless individuals that train those individuals in one or more employable job skills.
(b) In determining grant awards, the department shall give priority to nonprofit entities seeking to expand existing successful programs that meet the qualifications of this chapter.

8282.

This chapter is not subject to the requirements of Chapter 6.5 (commencing with Section 8255).