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DIVISION 31. HOUSING AND HOME FINANCE [50000 - 54034]

  ( Division 31 repealed and added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 610. )

PART 2. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT [50400 - 50899.7]

  ( Heading of Part 2 amended by Stats. 1981, Ch. 996. )

CHAPTER 7. Special Housing Programs for the Developmentally Disabled, Mentally Disordered, and Physically Disabled [50680 - 50689.5]
  ( Chapter 7 added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 1165. )

50680.
  

(a) The Legislature finds and declares that recent deemphasis of programs of institutional care for persons with developmental and physical disabilities and persons with mental health disorders has resulted in participation by many of those persons in programs of rehabilitation, education, and social services within the community. Because of the outpatient status of persons enrolled in those programs, there is a need to provide housing for them that will aid in accomplishment and maintenance of the objectives of those programs, thereby minimizing the numbers of persons with developmental and physical disabilities and persons with mental health disorders in public institutions and improving the quality of life for those persons. In order to assist in providing the variety of living arrangements required for this purpose, it is necessary that the state cooperate with cities, counties, cities and counties, and nonprofit corporations in obtaining federal housing subsidies therefor.

(b) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this chapter to vest in the department authority to obtain federal housing subsidies for housing for persons requiring supportive services, as defined in this part.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 144, Sec. 40. (AB 1847) Effective January 1, 2015.)

50681.
  

As used in this chapter, “department” means the Department of Housing and Community Development.

(Added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 1165.)

50682.
  

As used in this chapter, “developmentally disabled” means affected by a disability specified in subdivision (a) of Section 4512 of the Welfare and Institutions Code rendering the affected person eligible to participate in programs of rehabilitation, education, or social services conducted by or on behalf of a public agency, and also means persons affected by such a disability.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1020, Sec. 6.)

50683.
  

As used in this chapter, “local agency” means a city, county, or city and county.

(Added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 1165.)

50684.
  

As used in this chapter, “persons with a mental health disorder” means a person who is affected by a mental health disorder rendering the individual eligible to participate in programs of rehabilitation, education, or social services conducted by or on behalf of a public agency.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 144, Sec. 41. (AB 1847) Effective January 1, 2015.)

50685.
  

As used in this chapter, “physically disabled” means affected by a physical disability rendering the affected persons eligible to participate in programs of rehabilitation, education, or social services conducted by or on behalf of a public agency, and also means persons affected by such a physical disability.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1020, Sec. 8.)

50685.5.
  

As used in this chapter, “persons requiring supportive services” means persons who are eligible to receive housing assistance pursuant to federal law because of financial inability to provide adequate housing for themselves or persons dependent upon them, who are or will be participating in programs of rehabilitation, education, or social services, and who meet any of the following criteria:

(a) The person shall have been determined to have a developmental disability, but not to require institutional care, by the State Department of Developmental Services, a regional center established pursuant to Section 4620 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, or by the designated representative thereof.

(b) The person shall have been determined to have a mental health disorder, but not to require institutional care, by a local director of mental health services, by the State Department of Health Care Services, or by the designated representatives thereof.

(c) The person shall have been determined to have a physical disability by the Department of Rehabilitation or by the designated representatives thereof.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 144, Sec. 42. (AB 1847) Effective January 1, 2015.)

50686.
  

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the department shall have all the powers granted to housing authorities pursuant to Part 2 (commencing with Section 34200) of Division 24 for the purpose of obtaining financial subsidies or assistance from any agency of the United States to provide leased housing pursuant to this chapter for persons requiring supportive services.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1020, Sec. 10.)

50686.5.
  

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any public housing authority created pursuant to Part 2 (commencing with Section 34200) of Division 24 which is providing, or proposes to provide, housing for persons requiring supportive services may apply to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development for federal housing subsidies therefor.

(b)  (1)  On or after July 1, 1994, the department, with the approval of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, shall transfer, in accordance with subdivision (c), all contracts entered into under this section to public housing authorities created by Part 2 (commencing with Section 34200) of Division 24. Prior to the transfer of vouchers and certificates that are specifically designated for the use of persons with disabilities, the public housing authority shall deliver to the department a letter attesting to its intent to maintain the vouchers and certificates for the use of persons with disabilities, including the maintenance of a separate list of eligible voucher and certificate applicants to the extent allowed by federal law. The list shall be specially coded and identified as a local preference for Aftercare eligible certificate and voucher holders. The department shall make copies of the letters of intent available to any person who requests that information.

(2)  Each housing authority shall be required to annually report on its Aftercare activities in its annual Section 8 Certificate and Voucher Program report submitted to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and the department and to any representative of the disabled community that requests that information. All information in the annual Aftercare report shall be subject to public comment and review at a properly noticed Housing Authority Commission meeting.

(c)  The transfers authorized pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) shall not occur unless and until the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, prior to March 1, 1994, has notified the department, in writing, that the transfer can be structured so that the Aftercare vouchers and certificates will continue to serve the program’s existing and future clients.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 198, Sec. 2. Effective July 18, 1994.)

50687.
  

Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 50688, for the purposes of this chapter the department may do any or all of the following:

(a)  Enter into contracts with any agency of the United States for the purpose of obtaining funds for dispersal to local agencies, nonprofit corporations, and owners and developers of housing to subsidize housing for persons requiring supportive services.

(b)  Enter into contracts with local agencies, nonprofit corporations, and owners and developers of housing for persons requiring supportive services for the purpose of disbursing federal housing subsidies.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1020, Sec. 12.)

50687.5.
  

The department, after consultation with the State Department of Developmental Services, the Department of Rehabilitation, or the State Department of Health Care Services, may adopt, amend or repeal regulations for the administration of this chapter.

The department shall submit applications for federal housing subsidies for persons requiring supportive services.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 34, Sec. 29. (SB 1009) Effective June 27, 2012.)

50688.
  

The Legislature finds and declares that proper housing serves as a stabilizing factor and is an important facet of any program designed to rehabilitate persons with mental and physical disabilities and persons who have mental health disorders and that the disruption of continued occupancy in a dwelling could cause a setback in treatment in particular cases. It is, therefore, the intent of the Legislature that persons who have received housing under a program established pursuant to Section 50680 shall be allowed to continue to receive rental housing assistance payments subsidies after termination of participation in a public program of rehabilitation, education, or social services if the persons meet the criteria established by federal regulations governing low-rent housing programs.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 144, Sec. 43. (AB 1847) Effective January 1, 2015.)

50689.
  

(a) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this section to provide housing assistance for persons with developmental and physical disabilities and persons with mental health disorders where that assistance is for the purpose of providing a transition from an institutional to an independent setting, and where that assistance is administered in the context of ongoing local programs leading to rehabilitation and independence.

(b) The department shall establish a program for the purpose of housing assistance for persons with developmental and physical disabilities and persons with mental health disorders. The department shall contract with local agencies or nonprofit corporations incorporated pursuant to Part 1 (commencing with Section 9000) of Division 2 of Title 1 of the Corporations Code that provide supportive services for those individuals, where those services are designed to provide a transition to independent living. The local agencies or nonprofit corporation shall ensure that recipients of housing assistance are income qualified under guidelines for programs of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1437(f)), and shall not contract for housing that exceeds those guidelines for fair market rents for the Section 8 program. Public and private agencies participating in the program established pursuant to this section shall be those whose program philosophies and activities conform substantially to the principles of community living under Chapter 12 (commencing with Section 4830) of Division 4.5, community residential treatment under Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 5450) of Part 1 of Division 5, and independent living under Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 19800) of Part 2 of Division 10, of the Welfare and Institutions Code.

(c) A local agency applying to the department for housing assistance payments shall, in its application, explain how the housing assistance payments are part of its ongoing programs to establish independent living for its clientele. The department, in reviewing these applications, may consult with the Department of Developmental Disabilities, the State Department of Health Care Services, and the Department of Rehabilitation.

(d) In order to receive housing assistance payments for a specific structure pursuant to the provisions of this section, the local agency or nonprofit corporation shall not contract for rental of more than 12 units, or for rental of space for more than 24 persons, in the structure. No individual shall remain in a payment assisted unit for more than 18 months.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 144, Sec. 44. (AB 1847) Effective January 1, 2015.)

50689.5.
  

Housing and housing programs developed or assisted pursuant to this chapter shall be consistent with the housing element, as required by Section 65302 of the Government Code, of the general plan of the jurisdiction in which the housing is proposed.

(Added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 1165.)

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