Status Summary

Pre-filed for introduction on 1.10.2020. First reading, referred to Human Services & Early Learning 1.13.2020. Public hearing in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning on 1.22.20. Executive session scheduled, but no action taken, in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning on 1.24.20. Executive action taken in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning on 1.28.2020; 1st substitute bill passed. Referred to Appropriations on 1.31.2020. Public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations  on 2.8.2020. Executive action taken in the House Committee on Appropriations; 1st substitute bill passed on 2.10.2020. Referred to Rules 2 review on 2.11.2020. Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading on 2.14.2020. Heard on the House floor on 2.16.2020;1st substitute bill adopted and passed. IN THE SENATE: First reading, referred to Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 2.18.2020. Public hearing and executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 2.25.2020; majority pass and refer to Ways & Means. Referred to Ways & Means on 2.27.2020. Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 2.29.2020. See SB6478! (updated 3.13.2020) 

Legislative Session

2020

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Rep. Senn

Definitions of homelessness will be standardized to improve access to services. Definitions are set out for “a person experiencing homelessness” and an individual at “substantial risk.” Definitions of a person experiencing homelessness will also include those without fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Services for children are aligned with the federal McKinney-Vento definition of homeless.

Amendments: 

1st Substitute:

  • A definition of "homeless" is added for purposes of the ECEAP and the WCCC program in accordance with McKinney-Vento.
  • The definition of "homeless person" for purposes of the TANF program is expanded and applies to cases where a family includes a homeless child or youth as defined by McKinney- Vento.

 For the purposes of child welfare, dependency proceedings, the child welfare housing assistance pilot program, and for individuals who qualify for a reduced identicard fee, "experiencing homelessness" is defined as a person living outside or in a building not meant for human habitation or which they have no legal right to occupy, in an emergency shelter, a temporary housing program, or who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including circumstances such as sharing the housing of other persons.