AB 1056, as introduced, Atkins. Housing assistance: formerly incarcerated tenants.
(1) Existing federal law, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, allocated, until September 30, 2011, $1.5 billion to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Homelessness Prevention Fund, to be used for homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing. Existing law, the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Act, provides housing supports to individuals if the administering county determines that the individual or his or her family is experiencing homelessness or housing instability that would be a barrier to self-sufficiency or child well-being, and declares that it is the intent of the Legislature that housing supports utilize evidence-based models, including those established in the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. The Housing Authorities Law establishes, in each county and city, a public body corporate and politic known as the housing authority of the county or city.
This bill would authorize a housing authority, defined to include an entity created pursuant to the Housing Authorities Law or a housing-related entity created by a county, to develop a housing supports program, as defined. The bill would require a housing supports program to provide rental assistance for a specified period to persons who are formerly incarcerated, provide rapid rehousing services, and conduct an individual needs assessment for each prospective tenant to determine the level of services provided and length of assistance. The bill would authorize the housing authority to finance the program through grants provided by the Board of State and Community Corrections or the California Housing Finance agency, existing funding sources except as specified, establishment of a regional center under specified provisions, and a grant repayment component of the housing supports program.
The bill would require the Board of State and Community Corrections to develop a request for proposal process for awarding grants to housing authorities that establish a housing supports program. The bill would require the California Housing Finance Agency to develop a similar request for proposal process for awarding grants to housing authorities located in small or rural counties, as defined. The bill would require the request for proposal process for both agencies to give preference to housing authorities that demonstrate the ability to attract matching funds or leverage existing funds and to give consideration to the geographic diversity of applicant housing authorities.
(2) The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act establishes within the State Treasury the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund to receive moneys transferred from the General Fund in an amount equal to the savings resulting from the implementation of the act, as specified. The act requires that 65% of the moneys in the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund be allocated the Board of State and Community Corrections to administer a grant program to public agencies aimed at supporting specified types of programs, including diversion programs, for people in the criminal justice system with an emphasis on programs that reduce recidivism, as specified.
This bill would create the Second Chance Fund in the State Treasury. The bill would require the Board of State and Community Corrections to deposit an amount equal to 33% of the above-described moneys it receives from the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund. The bill would also authorize the Second Chance Fund to receive moneys from any other federal, state, or local grant, or from any private donation. The bill would require that 90% of the moneys in the Second Chance Fund be allocated to the board and 10% to the California Housing Finance Agency to administer grants for housing supports programs, as specified.
The bill would require the board to administer these provisions, and moneys in the fund would be continuously appropriated to the board for expenditure for these purposes. By creating a continuously appropriated fund, this bill would make an appropriation.
(3) The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act provides that its provisions may be amended by a statute, passed by a 2⁄3 vote of each house of the Legislature and signed by the Governor, that is consistent with and furthers the intent of the act.
This bill would declare that its provisions further the intent of the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act.
Vote: 2⁄3. Appropriation: yes. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 34650) is
2added to Part 2 of Division 24 of the Health and Safety Code, to
For the purposes of this chapter, the following
8definitions shall apply:
9(a) “Housing authority” means a public corporation established
10pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 34200) or a
11housing-related entity established by a county.
12(b) “Rural or small county” means a county with a population
13of not more than 750,000.
14(c) “Housing supports program” means a program for providing
15housing-related assistance to individuals that utilizes
16evidence-based models, including those established in the federal
17Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Homeless
18Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. A housing supports
19program may include, but shall not be limited to, both of the
21(1) Financial assistance, including rental assistance, security
22deposits, utility payments, moving cost assistance, and motel and
P4 1(2) Housing stabilization and relocation, including outreach and
2engagement, landlord recruitment, case management, housing
3search and placement, legal services, and credit repair.
(a) (1) A housing authority may develop a housing
5supports program. A housing authority implementing a housing
6supports program established pursuant to this section shall, at
7minimum, do all of the following:
8(A) Provide rental assistance, for a period of not less than three
9months and not more than 24 months, to persons who are formerly
11(B) Provide rapid rehousing services, including housing location
13(C) Conduct an individual needs assessment for each prospective
14tenant to determine the level of services provided and the length
16(2) A housing authority may include a grant-repayment
17component in its housing supports program requiring a tenant to
18repay a portion of the aid received over time.
19(b) A housing authority may finance a housing supports program
20by any of the following means:
21(1) Grants from the Board of State and Community Corrections,
22as specified in Section 34652, or the California Housing Finance
23Agency, as specified in Section 34653.
24(2) Existing funding sources, except that the housing authority
25shall not utilize moneys received pursuant to the federal Housing
26Choice Voucher Program set forth in Section 8 of the United States
27Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1437f) unless the tenant
28receiving housing supports would otherwise qualify for assistance
29under that program.
30(3) Establishing, operating, and maintaining a regional center
31pursuant to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’
32EB-5 Investment Program, contained in Section 203(b)(5) of the
33Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. Sec. 1153(b)(5)) and
34Section 204.6 of Title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations, in
35accordance with the requirements of the California Foreign
36Investment Program (Chapter 4.2 (commencing with Section 6315)
37of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code). If the housing
38authority establishes a regional center pursuant to this paragraph,
39it shall utilize not less than 50 percent of the moneys received
P5 1pursuant to the EB-5 Investment Program for the purposes of
2administering a housing supports program.
3(4) A grant repayment component of the housing supports
4program, as specified in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a).
The Board of State and Community Corrections shall
6develop a request for proposal process for awarding grants to
7housing authorities that establish a housing supports program
8pursuant to this chapter. In awarding grants, the board shall do
9both of the following:
10(a) Give preference to housing authorities that demonstrate the
11ability to attract matching funds or leverage existing funds.
12(b) Give consideration to the geographic diversity of the housing
13authorities applying for grants.
The California Housing Finance Agency shall develop
15a request for proposal process for awarding grants to housing
16authorities that establish a housing supports program pursuant to
17this chapter and are located in a rural or small county. In awarding
18grants, the board shall do both of the following:
19(a) Give preference to housing authorities that demonstrate the
20ability to attract matching funds or leverage existing funds.
21(b) Give consideration to the geographic diversity of the housing
22authorities applying for grants.
(a) The Second Chance Fund is hereby created in the
24State Treasury. The Board of State and Community Corrections
25shall be the entity responsible for administering this section.
26Moneys in the fund are hereby continuously appropriated without
27regard to fiscal year for the purposes of this chapter.
28(b) (1) The Board of State and Community Corrections shall
29deposit an amount equal to 33 percent of the moneys disbursed to
30it pursuant to paragraph (3) of subdivision (a) of Section 7599.2
31of the Government Code into the Second Chance Fund.
32(2) The Second Chance Fund may receive moneys from any
33other federal, state, or local grant, or from any private donation or
34 grant, for the purposes of this chapter.
35(c) Moneys in the Second Chance Fund shall be disbursed as
37(1) Ninety percent to the Board of State and Community
38Corrections for the purposes of administering the grant program
39described in Section 34652.
P6 1(2) Ten percent to the California Housing Finance Agency for
2the purpose administering the grant program described in Section
The Legislature finds and declares that this act furthers
5the intent of the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act enacted by
6Proposition 47 at the November 4, 2014, general election.