Two Recently Introduced 2022 Legislative Bills Concerning Homelessness
The two recently introduced 2022 legislative bills that concern homelessness are:
- SB 914 Homeless Domestic Violence Survivors and Data Systems: Local and State Support and Guidelines
This bill would require cities, counties, and continuums of care receiving state funding to address homelessness on or after January 1, 2023, to take specific steps to ensure that the needs of victim service providers and survivors of violence, and a gendered analysis of the causes and consequences of homelessness, are incorporated into homelessness planning and responses. Read Section 8264 to learn more.
The bill would also impose other homelessness planning and data analysis requirements on these cities, counties, and continuums of care. Read Section 8265 to learn more.
This bill would require the California Interagency Council on Homelessness to set and measure progress toward goals to prevent and end homelessness among domestic violence survivors and their children and among unaccompanied women in California, as described. Read Section 8266 to learn more.
“Unaccompanied woman” means an individual who identifies as a woman who is 18 years of age or older, who is experiencing homelessness, as defined in the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 11302), and who is not accompanied by children or other dependents.
This bill would additionally require the board to examine the department’s efforts to address the housing needs of incarcerated persons, including those who are identified as having serious mental health needs, who are released to the community as parolees or subject to post-release community supervision and to include specified data on homelessness in its reports.
The board shall examine the department’s effort to assist incarcerated persons and parolees to obtain post-release health care coverage. The board shall also examine efforts to address the housing needs of incarcerated persons, including those who are identified as having serious mental health needs, who are released to the community as parolees or subject to post-release community supervision.