Senate Bill (H)

DIGEST

Indiana housing first program. Establishes the Indiana housing first program (program) to provide housing and support services for eligible persons that have: (1) a serious and persistent mental illness; (2) a chronic chemical addiction; or (3) serious and persistent mental illness with a co-occurring chronic chemical addiction. Requires the housing and community development authority (authority) to administer the program. Requires the authority to establish, not later than January 1, 2018, policies and procedures to implement and administer the program. Provides that the policies and procedures must ensure the program does the following along with other requirements: (1) Includes partnerships with Indiana housing first program. Establishes the Indiana housing first program (program) to provide housing and support services for eligible persons that have: (1) a serious and persistent mental illness; (2) a chronic chemical addiction; or (3) serious and persistent mental illness with a co-occurring chronic chemical addiction. Requires the housing and community development authority (authority) to administer the program. Requires the authority to establish, not later than January 1, 2018, policies and procedures to implement and administer the program. Provides that the policies and procedures must ensure the program does the following along with other requirements: (1) Includes partnerships with private and public entities to provide support services and a continuum of care for program participants. (2) Provide for program rental assistance for use in dedicated supportive housing units and in existing market units in the community. (3) Include a plan for the: (A) initial leasing of; and (B) management of rental assistance for; supportive housing developed under the program. 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 persons under the program. Allows the authority to adopt rules to establish the policies and procedures to implement and administer the program. Provides that the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse may award grants to the authority for the purposes of the program. ... View more