Status Summary

First reading, referred to Housing Stability & Affordability on 1.17.2020. (updated 2.21.2020)

Legislative Session

2020

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Sen. Fortunato

Every county and each city with a population over 50,000 must establish and operate at least one emergency overnight shelter site with employment, mental health, and drug counseling services available. These jurisdictions must coordinate to ensure that there are enough cumulative shelter beds to accommodate, at a minimum, the sheltered and unsheltered portions of the county's most recent point-in-time homeless count. Each shelter must prohibit the possession and use of alcohol and drugs on its premises, and provision must be made for a police presence during operating hours.

A person shall be found guilty of the misdemeanor “unauthorized camping” if they are found to camping in or storing personal property in any area not designated for recreational camping.

This act shall be known and cited as the Serious Homelessness Engagement Leads To Effective Results (SHELTER) act.