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HF 1757

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 05/22/2011 03:23pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to homelessness; providing for comprehensive evaluation and assistance
to young children in families experiencing homelessness; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2010, sections 256K.26; 462A.204, by adding a subdivision.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 256K.26, is amended to read:


256K.26 deleted text beginLONG-TERMdeleted text end HOMELESS SUPPORTIVE SERVICES.

Subdivision 1.

Establishment and purpose.

The commissioner shall establish the
deleted text begin long-termdeleted text end homeless supportive services fund to provide integrated services needed to
stabilize individuals, families, and youth living in supportive housing developed to further
the goals set forth in Laws 2003, chapter 128, article 15, section 9.

Subd. 2.

Implementationnew text begin; allocation of fundsnew text end.

new text begin(a) new text endThe commissioner, in
consultation with the commissioners of the Department of Correctionsnew text begin, Department
of Education,
new text end and the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, counties, new text beginthe Minnesota
Interagency Task Force on Homelessness, and
new text endproviders and funders of supportive housing
and services, shall develop application requirements and make funds available according
to this section, with the goal of providing maximum flexibility in program design.

new text begin (b) Of all appropriations made by law in a fiscal year for long-term homeless
supportive services under this section, the commissioner shall allocate at least ... percent
specifically for providing comprehensive evaluation and assistance services to young
children in families who are homeless as provided under subdivision 9.
new text end

Subd. 3.

Definitions.

For purposes of this section, the following terms have the
meanings given:

(1) "deleted text beginlong-termdeleted text end homelessness" means lacking a permanent place to live continuously
for one year or more or at least four times in the past three years; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(2) "household" means an individual, family, or unaccompanied minor experiencing
deleted text begin long-termdeleted text end homelessnessnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (3) "young children" means children under the age of fivenew text end.

Subd. 4.

County eligibility.

Counties are eligible for funding under this section.
Priority will be given to proposals submitted on behalf of multicounty partnerships.

Subd. 5.

Content of proposals.

Proposals will be evaluated on the extent to which
they:

(1) include partnerships with providers of services or other partners;

(2) develop strategies to enhance housing stability for people experiencing deleted text beginlong-termdeleted text end
homelessness by integrating services and establishing consistent services and procedures
across jurisdictions as appropriate;

(3) evidence a commitment to working with the commissioners of human services,
corrections, and the Housing Finance Agency to identify appropriate households to
be served under this section and serve households as defined in subdivision 3. The
commissioner may also set criteria for serving people at significant risk of experiencing
deleted text begin long-termdeleted text end homelessness, with a priority on serving families with minor children;

(4) ensure that projects make maximum use of mainstream resources, including
employment, social, and health services, and leverage additional public and private
resources in order to serve the maximum number of households;

(5) demonstrate cost-effectiveness by identifying and prioritizing those services
most necessary for housing stability; and

(6) evaluate and report on outcomes of the projects according to protocols developed
by the commissioner of human services in cooperation with the commissioners of
corrections and the Housing Finance Agency. Evaluation would include methods for
determining the quality of the integrated service approach, improvement in outcomes, cost
savings, or reduction in service disparities that may result.

Subd. 6.

Outcomes.

Projects will be selected to further the following outcomes:

(1) reduce the number of Minnesota individuals and families that experience
deleted text begin long-termdeleted text end homelessness;

(2) increase the number of housing opportunities with supportive services;

(3) develop integrated, cost-effective service models that address the multiple
barriers to obtaining housing stability faced by people experiencing deleted text beginlong-termdeleted text end
homelessness, including abuse, neglect, chemical dependency, disability, chronic health
problems, or other factors including ethnicity and race that may result in poor outcomes or
service disparities;

(4) encourage partnerships among counties, community agencies, schools, and
other providers so that the service delivery system is seamless for people experiencing
deleted text begin long-termdeleted text end homelessness;

(5) increase employability, self-sufficiency, and other social outcomes for individuals
and families experiencing deleted text beginlong-termdeleted text end homelessness; and

(6) reduce inappropriate use of emergency health care, shelter, chemical dependency,
foster care, child protection, corrections, and similar services used by people experiencing
deleted text begin long-termdeleted text end homelessnessnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (7) establish comprehensive evaluation and assistance services to young children
as provided under subdivision 9
new text end.

Subd. 7.

Eligible services.

Services eligible for funding under this section are all
services needed to maintain households in permanent supportive housing, as determined
by the county or counties administering the project or projects.

Subd. 8.

Families experiencing deleted text beginlong-termdeleted text end homelessness.

The commissioner, in
consultation with the commissioners of housing finance and corrections, shall assess
whether the definition of deleted text beginlong-termdeleted text end homelessness impacts the ability of families with
minor children experiencing homelessness to obtain services necessary to support housing
stability.

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Services for families with young children. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner, in
conjunction with the commissioner of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, shall
develop and implement a program for comprehensive evaluation and assistance services
to young children as provided in this subdivision, in addition to other supportive services
under this section.
new text end

new text begin (b) Eligible uses of funds for comprehensive evaluation and assistance services
include:
new text end

new text begin (1) undertaking program development, including but not limited to:
new text end

new text begin (i) developing standards, best practices, and procedures for evidence-based
assessment and screening of young children; and
new text end

new text begin (ii) developing measurement tools to evaluate outcomes;
new text end

new text begin (2) performing assessment and screening of young children to identify service
needs; and
new text end

new text begin (3) implementing individualized service plans for young children based on
assessment and screening findings, including but not limited to mental and physical
health treatment, programs for behavioral and cognitive development, early childhood
education activities, resources for families of young children, and monitoring of services
and outcomes.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2011.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 462A.204, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Services for families with young children. new text end

new text begin Of all appropriations made
by law in a fiscal year for the family homeless prevention and assistance program under
this section, the agency shall allocate at least ... percent specifically for providing
comprehensive evaluation and assistance services to young children in families who
are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, as provided under section 256K.26,
subdivision 9.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2011.
new text end