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AB-71

Summary: Revenue generating tax measure for approx. $2.4B in dedicated funding sources for

Status: Hearing on May 12

Why you should know about it: XXX

AB-71

Summary: Revenue generating tax measure for approx. $2.4B in dedicated funding sources for

Status: Hearing on May 12

Why you should know about it: XXX

 

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AB 816

Why you should know about it: AB-816 would increase transparency and government accountability, as well as mandate that local jurisdictions and the state play an increased role in addressing homelessness within their community.

Summary: AB-816 would require the CA Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) to conduct a statewide needs and gaps analysis and collaboratively set benchmark goals for each local agency or city in addressing homelessness within their community.

The bill would also create a state Housing and Homelessness Inspector General who would have the authority to bring action against the state, local agencies, or cities that fail to adopt a plan or make progress towards achieving their plan within a reasonable time frame. 

Status: Passed 3rd Reading at Assembly. Moved to Senate.

 

SB 344

Why you should know about it: People experiencing homelessness forge strong bonds with their companion animals, but most shelters do not accept pets. This bill would change that and allow our unhoused neighbors to keep their animal with them.

Summary: This bill would require the department to develop and administer a program to award grants to qualified homeless shelters, as described, for the provision of shelter, food, and basic veterinary services for pets owned by people experiencing homelessness. While limited in its impact, this bill is built on the data points demonstrating increased willingness to participate in services when they do not have to give up their pets.

Status: Third reading on Senate floor on 6/2. Ordered to Assembly.

 

SB 57

Why you should know about it: SB-57 would further promote harm reduction policies aligned with public health best practices which would save lives, and potentially mitigate impacts on “open air” drug use.

Summary: This bill would authorize San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles County to operate overdose prevention programs (commonly known as Safe Injection Sites). 

Status: Passed Senate. Referred to Assembly Committee on Health and Public Safety pending hearing date.

 

AB 362

Why you should know about it:

Summary: This bill would establish minimum health and safety standards for homeless shelters, as defined, including, but not limited to, minimum standards for homeless shelter maintenance, interior air quality, sleeping rooms, and laundries. The bill would require the housing, building, or health department of a local agency to serve as the enforcement agency and enforce the minimum health and safety standards within their jurisdiction, unless the local agency enters an agreement with theDepartment of Housing and Community Development to enforce those standards.

Status: Second reading on Assembly floor on 5/25. Ordered to 3rd reading.

 

AB 369

Why you should know about it:

Summary: This bill would require the Department of Health Care Services to implement a program of presumptive eligibility for persons experiencing homelessness, under which a person would receive full-scope Medi-Cal benefits without a share of cost.

The bill would require the department to authorize an enrolled Medi-Cal provider to issue a temporary Medi-Cal benefits identification card to a person experiencing homelessness, and would prohibit the department from requiring a person experiencing homelessness to present a valid California driver’s license or identification card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles to receive Medi-Cal services if the provider verifies the person’s eligibility.

The bill would require the insurance affordability program’s paper application to include a check box, and electronic application to include a pull-down menu, for an applicant to indicate if they are experiencing homelessness at the time of application.

Status: Second reading on Assembly floor on 5/24. Ordered to 3rd reading.

 

AB 977

Why you should know about it:

Summary: This bill would require, on or before July 1, 2022, that a grantee or entity operating specified state homelessness programs, including the No Place Like Home Program, as a condition of receiving state funds, to enter the collected data elements on the individuals and families it serves into its local Homeless Management Information System, unless otherwise exempted by state or federal law.

The bill would require the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council to specify the form and substance of the required data elements. The bill would apply the data entry requirements to all new state homelessness programs that commence on or after July 1, 2022.

Status: Second reading on Assembly floor on 5/24. Ordered to 3rd reading.

 

AB 1043

Why you should know about it:

Summary: This bill, for leases entered into on or after January 1, 2022, would additionally prohibit “affordable rent” for certain rental housing developments that receive assistance from exceeding the product of 30 percent times 15 percent of the area median income adjusted for family size appropriate for the unit if the housing is for “persons at risk of homelessness,” as defined to mean persons and families whose incomes do not exceed 15 percent of area median income, adjusted for family size, as specified.

Status: Second reading on Assembly floor on 5/13. Ordered to 3rd reading.

 

AB 1220

Why you should know about it:

Summary: This bill would rename the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council to the California Interagency Council on Homelessness and remove authorization for the Secretary of Business, Consumer Services, Services and Housing’s designee to serve as chair of the council. The bill would also change the composition of the council, as specified, including by creating and specifying the membership of an advisory committee to the council.

Status: Passed Assembly. First reading on Senate floor on 5/20. Assigned to Senate Committee on Rules pending hearing date.

 

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S. 220

Summary: The bill would authorize $800 million to be awarded competitively by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to enable local agencies and organizations, including local educational agencies, to assist children, youth, families, single pregnant women, and survivors of dating violence, domestic violence and trafficking impacted by homelessness and insecure housing during the COVID-19 crisis.

Status: Pending Committee Hearings (Health, Education, Labor, Pensions)

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