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91_HB2198enr HB2198 Enrolled LRB9105224MWpc 1 AN ACT to amend the Homelessness Prevention Act by 2 changing Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 13 and by adding 3 Sections 4.5 and 9.5. 4 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 5 represented in the General Assembly: 6 Section 5. The Homelessness Prevention Act is amended by 7 changing Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 13 and by adding 8 Sections 4.5 and 9.5 as follows: 9 (310 ILCS 70/2) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1302) 10 Sec. 2. Legislative findings. The General Assembly 11 finds that homelessness frequently results from a temporary 12 economic crisis such as a temporary loss of employment, 13 medical emergency, or loss or interruption of public 14 benefits. It is also found that the prevention of 15 homelessness, as opposed to providing temporary shelter or 16 offering other short-term solutions to persons who become 17 homeless, is cost-effective, preserves family self-respect 18 and helps to keep families intact. 19 The General Assembly also finds that short-term 20 interventions for the prevention of homelessness serve to 21 prevent the need for long-term assistance programs that are 22 more costly to taxpayers. 23 (Source: P.A. 86-1454.) 24 (310 ILCS 70/3) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1303) 25 Sec. 3. Definitions. As used in this Act: 26
(a)"Department" means the Department of Human Services 27 (acting as successor to the Illinois Department of Public Aid 28 under the Department of Human Services Act). 29 "Grantee" means a county, a township, a municipality, or 30 an Illinois not-for-profit corporation receiving grants HB2198 Enrolled -2- LRB9105224MWpc 1 authorized by this Act. 2 (b)"Household" means 2 or more persons residing 3 together, or a person living alone. 4 "Service area" means the county, township, municipality, 5 or other geographical area served by a grantee under this 6 Act. 7 (Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.) 8 (310 ILCS 70/4) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1304) 9 Sec. 4. Homelessness Prevention and Assistance Program. 10 (a) The Department shall establish a family homelessness 11 prevention and assistance program to stabilize families in 12 their existing homes, to shorten the amount of time that 13 families stay in emergency shelters, and to assist families 14 with securing affordable transitional or permanent housing. 15 The Department shall make grants, from funds appropriated to 16 it from the Homelessness Prevention Fund, to develop and 17 implement homelessness prevention and assistance projects 18 under this Act. The Department is authorized to establish a19 Homeless Prevention Demonstration Program, but only if the20 State receives federal matching funds for expenditures made21 by the State under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program22 authorized by Section 12-4.5 of the Illinois Public Aid Code.23 No funds from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program24 authorized by Section 12-4.5 of the Illinois Public Aid Code25 may be used for this demonstration program.26 (b) To fund this demonstrationprogram, there is created 27 in the State Treasury a fund to be known as the Homelessness 28 Prevention Fund. As permitted by Section 12-5 of the29 Illinois Public Aid Code, the Department, with the consent of30 the Governor, may deposit into the Homelessness Prevention31 Fund any or all federal funds received as reimbursement for32 food and shelter assistance under the Emergency Food and33 Shelter Program authorized by Section 12-4.5 of the IllinoisHB2198 Enrolled -3- LRB9105224MWpc 1 Public Aid Code.Moneys in the Fund, subject to 2 appropriation, may be expended for the purposes of this Act. 3 Under this demonstration program, grants shall be made on4 behalf of households, in times of crisis, which might5 otherwise become homeless.Grants may be made from funds 6 appropriated for the purposes of this Act the programand 7 from any federal funds or funds from other sources which are 8 made available for the purposes of this Act this program. 9 Grants shall be made under this Act the programonly to the 10 extent that suchfunds are available. The Department may11 limit the design and operation of the program to certain12 areas of the State. The Department may administer the13 program or may contract with a private nonprofit social14 service agency to administer the program.15 (Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.) 16 (310 ILCS 70/4.5 new) 17 Sec. 4.5. Grant eligibility. The Department shall award 18 grants to grantees that agree to focus their emergency 19 response systems on homeless prevention and securing 20 permanent or transitional housing for homeless households. 21 The Department shall consider the extent to which the 22 proposed project activities demonstrate ways in which 23 existing resources in a service area may be more effectively 24 coordinated. Priority in awarding grants will be given to 25 applicants participating in an established continuum of care. 26 27 (310 ILCS 70/5) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1305) 28 Sec. 5. Eligibility for assistance. Grantees may offer 29 assistance to households in their service area when: No30 household shall be eligible for assistance unless:31 (a) (Blank); the household meets categorical eligibility32 for the Aid to Families with Dependent Children Program andHB2198 Enrolled -4- LRB9105224MWpc 1 has an income equal to or less than the standard of need for2 this program. The Department may establish, by rule, higher3 income levels;4 (b) the household is in imminent danger of eviction, 5 foreclosure or homelessness, or is currently homeless; 6 (c) the household documents a temporary economic crisis 7 beyond the household's control, evidenced by at least one of 8 the following conditions: 9 (1) loss of employment; 10 (2) medical disability or emergency; 11 (3) loss or delay of some form of public benefits; 12 (4) natural disaster; 13 (5) substantial change in household composition; 14 (6) victimization by criminal activity; 15 (7) illegal action by a landlord; 16 (8) displacement by government or private action; 17 or 18 (9) some other condition which constitutes a 19 hardship comparable to the other conditions enumerated 20 above; 21 (d) allother federal, State or local housing subsidies 22 are unavailable have been exhausted; and 23 (e) the applicant demonstrates an ability to meet the 24 prospective rental obligation after the assistance has been 25 granted based on current or anticipated income. 26 (Source: P.A. 86-1454.) 27 (310 ILCS 70/6) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1306) 28 Sec. 6. Forms of assistance. Assistance offered to 29 households by grantees under the demonstration programshall 30 include but not be limited to the following: 31 (a) payment of a rent arrearage in an amount established 32 as necessary to defeat the eviction, but shall in no event be 33 greater than 3 months of rental arrears; orHB2198 Enrolled -5- LRB9105224MWpc 1 (b) payment of a rent deposit or security deposit and 2 payment of not more than 2 months rent; .3 (c) payment of utility bills and arrearages; or 4 (d) support services, where appropriate, to prevent 5 homelessness or repeated episodes of homelessness. 6 (Source: P.A. 86-1454.) 7 (310 ILCS 70/8) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1308) 8 Sec. 8. Payment of assistance. Assistance provided 9 under this Act may be paid to a landlord, utility company, or 10 other vendor who provides housing or other services to an 11 applicant for assistance. 12 (Source: P.A. 86-1454.) 13 (310 ILCS 70/9) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1309) 14 Sec. 9. Staff accepting applications; training and 15 experience. A grantee's staff accepting applications from 16 households for assistance under the program shall be trained 17 or experienced in the following: the operation of the 18 program and any regulations adopted in relation to the 19 program by the Department; identification of federal, State 20 and local agencies and services which are relevant to the 21 program and the program's clients; dissemination of 22 information relating to the program; intake, screening and 23 referral procedures; and other areas to be determined by the 24 Department. If the Department contracts with a private 25 entity for the operation of the program, the Department shall 26 ensure that the staff of the entity have experience and 27 training as specified in this Section. 28 (Source: P.A. 86-1454.) 29 (310 ILCS 70/9.5 new) 30 Sec. 9.5. Consultation. Grantees shall consult on a 31 regular basis with the local established continuum of care in HB2198 Enrolled -6- LRB9105224MWpc 1 preparing the project proposal and in the design, 2 implementation, and evaluation of the project. 3 (310 ILCS 70/13) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1313) 4 Sec. 13. Report. The Department shall report on program 5 activities that provide assistance or services to homeless 6 persons under this Act as part of its annual report to the 7 General Assembly. The Department shall conduct an evaluation8 of the program and present the findings from the evaluation9 in a report to the General Assembly and the Governor no later10 than 5 months after the first fiscal year of operation.11 (Source: P.A. 86-1454.) 12 (310 ILCS 70/7 rep.) 13 Section 10. The Homelessness Prevention Act is amended 14 by repealing Section 7.
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