Welfare & social work (Social Welfare related)

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An Act to Add Part 2.2 (Commencing with Section 53.8) to Division 1 of the Civil Code, and to Add Section 11139.2 To, the Government Code, Relating to Homelessness. SB 876 (2015-2016) LiuSupportNo
Existing law provides that no person shall, on the basis of race, national origin, ethnic group identification, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, genetic information, or disability, be… More
Existing law provides that no person shall, on the basis of race, national origin, ethnic group identification, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, genetic information, or disability, be unlawfully denied full and equal access to the benefits of, or be unlawfully subjected to discrimination under, any program or activity that is conducted, operated, or administered by the state or by any state agency, is funded directly by the state, or receives any financial assistance from the state. This bill would afford persons experiencing homelessness the right to use public spaces without discrimination based on their housing status and describe basic human and civil rights that may be exercised without being subject to criminal or civil sanctions, including the right to use and to move freely in public spaces, the right to rest in public spaces and to protect oneself from the elements, the right to eat in any public space in which having food is not prohibited, and the right to perform religious observances in public spaces, as specified. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature that these provisions be interpreted broadly so as to prohibit policies or practices that are discriminatory in either their purpose or effect. The bill would authorize a person whose rights have been violated pursuant to these provisions to enforce those rights in a civil action in which the court may award the prevailing plaintiff injunctive and declaratory relief, restitution, damages, statutory damages of $1,000 per violation, and fees and costs. The bill would also require all applicants for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program to annually provide to the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Division of Housing Policy Development a copy of its application for funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development that includes the organization’s response to the application question regarding steps that its community is taking to reduce criminalization of homelessness. Because the bill would require local agencies to perform additional duties, it would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require the Department of Housing and Community Development to compile the information regarding community actions to reduce criminalization of homelessness found in those applications and provide a report to the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee and the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions. Hide
AB 1182 (2011-2012) HernandezSupportNo
An Act to Repeal and Add Section 18901.3 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, Relating to Calfresh. AB 828 (2011-2012) SwansonSupportNo
Existing law provides for the CalFresh program, under which supplemental nutrition assistance benefits allocated to the state by the federal government are distributed to eligible individuals by each… More
Existing law provides for the CalFresh program, under which supplemental nutrition assistance benefits allocated to the state by the federal government are distributed to eligible individuals by each county. Existing law provides that a person convicted of a drug-related felony, with certain exceptions, is eligible for aid under CalFresh, if any one of specified eligibility requirements is met. This bill instead would provide that a person convicted of any drug felony shall be eligible for aid under CalFresh, eliminate the above-referenced exceptions, and make related changes. The bill would authorize the State Department of Social Services to implement its provisions through an all-county letter or similar instruction from the director. By changing the eligibility standards under CalFresh, this bill would increase the responsibilities of counties in the administration of the program, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions. Hide