House Bill (H)

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DIGEST

Indiana housing first program. Establishes the Indiana housing first program (program) to provide housing and support services for eligible homeless persons. Provides that the housing and community development authority (authority) shall administer the program. Requires the authority to establish, not later than January 1, 2017, policies and procedures to implement and administer the program. Provides that the policies and procedures must, among other requirements, include: (1) a plan for moving eligible homeless persons into housing directly from the streets or emergency shelter care without a precondition of accepting or complying with certain requirements; and (2) partnerships with private and public Indiana housing first program. Establishes the Indiana housing first program (program) to provide housing and support services for eligible homeless persons. Provides that the housing and community development authority (authority) shall administer the program. Requires the authority to establish, not later than January 1, 2017, policies and procedures to implement and administer the program. Provides that the policies and procedures must, among other requirements, include: (1) a plan for moving eligible homeless persons into housing directly from the streets or emergency shelter care without a precondition of accepting or complying with certain requirements; and (2) partnerships with private and public entities to provide support services and a continuum of care for program participants. Provides that in establishing the required policies and procedures, the authority may collaborate with or seek guidance from: (1) other appropriate state agencies; (2) officials in other states or municipalities that have implemented housing first programs; and (3) other specified public or private entities. Establishes the Indiana housing first account within the state general fund to provide funds to provide housing and support services to eligible homeless persons under the program. Allows the authority to adopt rules to establish the policies and procedures to implement and administer the program. ... View more