Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Bill of Rights for the Homeless Act. Provides that if a unit of local government determines that a person experiencing homelessness is living in a public space and requires that person to vacate the public space, the unit of local government shall: (i) provide a 48-hour notice to vacate to that person; (ii) offer to call a paramedic for medical treatment; (iii) offer to provide transportation to the nearest homeless shelter; and (iv) allow the person to collect all personal property and offer bags to transport the personal property.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Access to Affordable, Permanent, and Supportive Housing and Services Act. Provides that a unit of local government may provide certain housing and supportive services upon a determination that a person experiencing homelessness is living in a public space, including: (i) an assessment of the person's housing and service needs; (ii) access to permanent housing, permanent supportive housing, or affordable housing; and (iii) job training, substance abuse counseling, and other appropriate supportive services. Provides that a person receiving assistance from a unit of local government in accordance with the Act shall have the right to request housing in a geographical area based on his or her ties to the community, access to services, access to ongoing employment, and access to public transportation. Prohibits a unit of local government from requiring a person to vacate a public space, unless adequate affordable housing, permanent housing, and supportive housing units are available within the unit of local government's geographic area and a permanent housing option is offered to that person. Prohibits a unit of local government from disposing of a person's personal belongings in any manner; and provides that a person has the right to decline any housing assessment and services offered by a unit of local government. Provides that a plaintiff in any civil action alleging a violation of the Act may request a jury trial and the court may award a prevailing plaintiff appropriate injunctive and declaratory relief, actual damages, and reasonable attorney's fees and costs.
Fiscal Note, House Committee Amendment No. 1 (Dept. of Human Services)
Since this list is currently maintained on the OHS website, there is no fiscal impact.
State Mandates Fiscal Note, House Committee Amendment No. 1 (Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)
HB 5508 (H-AM 1) would not require a unit of local government to establish, expand, or modify activities in such a way to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenues. Therefore, in the opinion of DCEO, HB 5508 (H-AM 1) does not create a State mandate. However, under some provision under the bill a state mandate could be created.