AB-3300 Homelessness: California Access to Housing and Services Act: Update

On May 5, the bill was re-referred to the Committe on Housing and Community Development to be heard on May 20th as it makes it way through the budget process for Legislature approval.

For the 2020–21 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter, the Controller shall transfer the sum of two billion dollars ($2,000,000,000) from the General Fund to the fund.

The State Department of Social Services and the Department of Housing and Community Development shall work collaboratively pursuant to a memorandum of understanding to carry out the functions and duties of this chapter and to address their respective and shared responsibilities in implementing, overseeing, and evaluating this chapter. The departments shall leverage the programmatic and administrative expertise of relevant state agencies, as that term is defined in Section 11000 of the Government Code, in implementing the program.

Section 13055.

 (a) The departments, in consultation with the agency, shall administer the fund and allocate the moneys in the fund as follows:

(1) The departments may set aside and expend up to 5 percent of the moneys available in the fund in any calendar year for purposes of administering this chapter.

(2) If Assembly Bill 1845 of the 2019–20 Regular Session is enacted and takes effect, the departments may provide up to 1 percent of the moneys in the fund to the Governor’s Office to End Homelessness, to be used to carry out its duties under Section 12095.3 of the Government Code.

(3) The departments shall allocate the remaining amount in the fund after the allocations, if any, made pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2) as follows:

(A) Fifty-five percent of the amount described in this paragraph to counties and continuums of care applying jointly through flexible pools or other mechanisms for coordinating existing and new funding for housing and services, pursuant to Section 13056.

(B) Forty percent of the amount described in this paragraph to large cities, pursuant to Section 13057.

(C) Five percent of the amount described in this paragraph to developers operating in unincorporated areas and cities that are ineligible for an allocation under subparagraph (B), pursuant to Section 13058.

(4) The departments shall allocate funding to eligible recipients in accordance with paragraph (3) that apply and meet the applicable threshold requirements, based on an evaluation of each application according to the following formula, without a cap on the amount allocated to any recipient:

(A) The departments shall afford 70 percent weight based on the most recent homeless point-in-time count conducted by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for the relevant jurisdiction at the time of the application.

(B) The departments shall afford 30 percent weight based on the number of extremely low income households in the relevant jurisdiction, based on the most recent American Communities Survey at the time of the application.


 (a) A county and continuum of care that submit a joint application and meet the requirements of this section shall be eligible to receive an allocation of moneys from the fund.

(b) A county and continuum of care that jointly receive an allocation pursuant to this chapter may use up to 10 percent of the amount of that allocation for the costs of administering the allocation. For purposes of this subdivision, “costs of administering” do not include costs associated with staffing to provide services, data collection, or reporting.

(c) A county and continuum of care applying jointly for an allocation shall provide the following evidence of collaboration to the departments:

(1) Either of the following:

(A) Evidence that the board of supervisors of the county and the governing body of the continuum of care each approved the joint funding plan before the submission of the application.

(B) A memorandum of understanding between the chief executive officer, or equivalent officer, of the county and of the continuum of care that establishes the allocation plan for the use of the moneys allocated under this chapter.

(2) Evidence of collaborative planning between the county and the continuum of care, which may include, but is not limited to, meeting agenda or minutes of the board of supervisors of the county and the governing body of the continuum of care.

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