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HB 923

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A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to homelessness; amending ss. 320.02,
3322.08, and 322.18, F.S.; requiring the motor vehicle
4registration form and registration renewal form, the
5driver license application form, and the driver license
6application form for renewal issuance or renewal extension
7to include an option to make a voluntary contribution to
8aid the homeless; providing for such contributions to be
9deposited into the Grants and Donations Trust Fund of the
10Department of Children and Family Services and used by the
11State Office on Homelessness for certain purposes;
12providing that voluntary contributions for the homeless
13are not income of a revenue nature for the purpose of
14applying certain service charges; creating s. 414.161,
15F.S.; establishing a homelessness prevention grant
16program; requiring grant applicants to be ranked
17competitively; providing preference for certain grant
18applicants; providing eligibility requirements; providing
19grant limitations and restrictions; requiring lead
20agencies for local homeless assistance continuums of care
21to track, monitor, and report on assisted families for a
22specified period of time; amending s. 420.622, F.S.;
23limiting the percentage of funding that lead agencies may
24spend on administrative costs; providing that funding
25shall be appropriated as a fixed capital outlay item;
26amending s. 420.625, F.S.; deleting a cross-reference to
27conform; amending s. 420.6275, F.S.; revising legislative
28findings relating to the Housing First approach to
29homelessness; repealing s. 414.16, F.S., relating to the
30emergency assistance program for families with children
31that have lost shelter or face loss of shelter due to an
32emergency; providing an effective date.
33
34Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
35
36     Section 1.  Paragraph (i) is added to subsection (15) of
37section 320.02, Florida Statutes, to read:
38     320.02  Registration required; application for
39registration; forms.-
40     (15)
41     (i)  Notwithstanding s. 320.023, the application form for
42motor vehicle registration and renewal of registration must
43include language permitting a voluntary contribution of $1 per
44applicant to aid the homeless. Contributions made pursuant to
45this paragraph shall be deposited into the Grants and Donations
46Trust Fund of the Department of Children and Family Services and
47used by the State Office on Homelessness to supplement grants
48made under s. 420.622(4) and (5), provide information to the
49public about homelessness in the state, and provide literature
50for homeless persons seeking assistance.
51
52For the purpose of applying the service charge provided in s.
53215.20, contributions received under this subsection are not
54income of a revenue nature.
55     Section 2.  Subsection (7) of section 322.08, Florida
56Statutes, is amended to read:
57     322.08  Application for license.-
58     (7)  The application form for a driver's license or
59duplicate thereof shall include language permitting the
60following:
61     (a)  A voluntary contribution of $1 per applicant, which
62contribution shall be deposited into the Health Care Trust Fund
63for organ and tissue donor education and for maintaining the
64organ and tissue donor registry.
65     (b)  A voluntary contribution of $1 per applicant, which
66contribution shall be distributed to the Florida Council of the
67Blind.
68     (c)  A voluntary contribution of $2 per applicant, which
69shall be distributed to the Hearing Research Institute,
70Incorporated.
71     (d)  A voluntary contribution of $1 per applicant, which
72shall be distributed to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
73International.
74     (e)  A voluntary contribution of $1 per applicant, which
75shall be distributed to the Children's Hearing Help Fund.
76     (f)  A voluntary contribution of $1 per applicant, which
77shall be distributed to Family First, a nonprofit organization.
78     (g)  A voluntary contribution of $1 per applicant, to Stop
79Heart Disease, which shall be distributed to the Florida Heart
80Research Institute, a nonprofit organization.
81     (h)  Notwithstanding s. 322.081, a voluntary contribution
82of $1 per applicant to aid the homeless. Contributions made
83pursuant to this paragraph shall be deposited into the Grants
84and Donations Trust Fund of the Department of Children and
85Family Services and used by the State Office on Homelessness to
86supplement grants made under s. 420.622(4) and (5), provide
87information to the public about homelessness in the state, and
88provide literature for homeless persons seeking assistance.
89
90A statement providing an explanation of the purpose of the trust
91funds shall also be included. For the purpose of applying the
92service charge provided in s. 215.20, contributions received
93under paragraphs (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), and (g), and (h) and
94under s. 322.18(9) are not income of a revenue nature.
95     Section 3.  Paragraph (c) is added to subsection (9) of
96section 322.18, Florida Statutes, to read:
97     322.18  Original applications, licenses, and renewals;
98expiration of licenses; delinquent licenses.-
99     (9)
100     (c)  The application form for a renewal issuance or renewal
101extension shall include language permitting a voluntary
102contribution of $1 per applicant to aid the homeless.
103Contributions made pursuant to this paragraph shall be deposited
104into the Grants and Donations Trust Fund of the Department of
105Children and Family Services and used by the State Office on
106Homelessness to supplement grants made under s. 420.622(4) and
107(5), provide information to the public about homelessness in the
108state, and provide literature for homeless persons seeking
109assistance. For the purpose of applying the service charge
110provided in s. 215.20, contributions received under this
111paragraph are not income of a revenue nature.
112     Section 4.  Section 414.161, Florida Statutes, is created
113to read:
114     414.161  Homelessness prevention grants.-
115     (1)  ESTABLISHMENT OF PROGRAM.-There is created a grant
116program to provide emergency financial assistance to families
117facing the loss of their current home due to a financial or
118other crisis. The State Office on Homelessness, with the
119concurrence of the Council on Homelessness, may accept and
120administer moneys appropriated to it to provide homelessness
121prevention grants annually to lead agencies for local homeless
122assistance continuums of care, as recognized by the State Office
123on Homelessness. These moneys shall consist of any sums that the
124state may appropriate, as well as money received from donations,
125gifts, bequests, or otherwise from any public or private source
126that is intended to assist families to prevent them from
127becoming homeless.
128     (2)  GRANT APPLICATIONS.-Grant applicants shall be ranked
129competitively. Preference shall be given to applicants who
130leverage additional private funds and public funds, who
131demonstrate the effectiveness of their homelessness prevention
132programs in keeping families housed, and who demonstrate the
133commitment of other assistance and services to address family
134health, employment, and education needs.
135     (3)  ELIGIBILITY.-In order to qualify for a grant, a lead
136agency must develop and implement a local homeless assistance
137continuum of care plan for its designated catchment area. The
138homelessness prevention program must be included in the
139continuum of care plan.
140     (4)  GRANT LIMITS.-The maximum grant amount per lead agency
141may not exceed $300,000. The grant assistance may be used to pay
142past due rent or mortgage payments, past due utility costs,
143other past due bills creating a family's financial crisis,
144provision of case management services, and program
145administration costs not to exceed 3 percent of the grant award.
146The homelessness prevention program must develop a case plan for
147each family to be assisted setting forth what costs will be
148covered and the maximum level of assistance to be offered.
149     (5)  PERFORMANCE.-The lead agency shall be required to
150track, monitor, and report on each family assisted for at least
15112 months after the last assistance provided to the family. The
152goal for the homelessness prevention program shall be to enable
153at least 85 percent of the families assisted to remain in their
154homes and avoid becoming homeless during the ensuing year.
155     Section 5.  Paragraph (d) is added to subsection (4) of
156section 420.622, Florida Statutes, and paragraph (g) is added to
157subsection (5) of that section, to read:
158     420.622  State Office on Homelessness; Council on
159Homelessness.-
160     (4)  Not less than 120 days after the effective date of
161this act, the State Office on Homelessness, with the concurrence
162of the Council on Homelessness, may accept and administer moneys
163appropriated to it to provide "Challenge Grants" annually to
164lead agencies for homeless assistance continuums of care
165designated by the State Office on Homelessness. A lead agency
166may be a local homeless coalition, municipal or county
167government, or other public agency or private, not-for-profit
168corporation. Such grants may be up to $500,000 per lead agency.
169     (d)  A lead agency may spend a maximum of 8 percent of its
170funding on administrative costs.
171     (5)  The State Office on Homelessness, with the concurrence
172of the Council on Homelessness, may administer moneys
173appropriated to it to provide homeless housing assistance grants
174annually to lead agencies for local homeless assistance
175continuum of care, as recognized by the State Office on
176Homelessness, to acquire, construct, or rehabilitate
177transitional or permanent housing units for homeless persons.
178These moneys shall consist of any sums that the state may
179appropriate, as well as money received from donations, gifts,
180bequests, or otherwise from any public or private source, which
181are intended to acquire, construct, or rehabilitate transitional
182or permanent housing units for homeless persons.
183     (g)  Funding shall be appropriated as a fixed capital
184outlay item.
185     Section 6.  Paragraph (d) of subsection (3) of section
186420.625, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
187     420.625  Grant-in-aid program.-
188     (3)  ESTABLISHMENT.-There is hereby established a grant-in-
189aid program to help local communities in serving the needs of
190the homeless through a variety of supportive services, which may
191include, but are not limited to:
192     (d)  Emergency financial assistance for persons who are
193totally without shelter or facing loss of shelter, but who are
194not eligible for such assistance under s. 414.16.
195     Section 7.  Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section
196420.6275, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
197     420.6275  Housing First.-
198     (2)  HOUSING FIRST METHODOLOGY.-
199     (a)  The Housing First approach to homelessness differs
200from traditional approaches by providing housing assistance,
201case management, and support services responsive to individual
202or family needs after housing is obtained. By using this
203approach when appropriate, communities can significantly reduce
204the amount of time that individuals and families are homeless
205and prevent further episodes of homelessness. Housing First
206emphasizes that social services provided to enhance individual
207and family well-being can be more effective when people are in
208their own home, and:
209     1.  The housing is not time-limited.
210     2.  The housing is not contingent on compliance with
211services. Instead, participants must comply with a standard
212lease agreement and are provided with the services and support
213that are necessary to help them do so successfully.
214     3.  A background check and any rehabilitation necessary to
215combat an addiction related to alcoholism or substance abuse has
216been completed by the individual for whom assistance or support
217services are provided.
218     Section 8.  Section 414.16, Florida Statutes, is repealed.
219     Section 9.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.


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