90th General Assembly
Summary of HB0957
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PUBLIC AID-HOMELESS-FED LAW                                                

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends the Public Aid Code.  Provides  that  the  Departments  of      
   Public Aid and Human Services shall make adjustments in their programs      
   as  necessary  in  order  to  give priority to serving persons who are      
   homeless,  at  risk  of  becoming  homeless,  or  otherwise  adversely      
   affected by reason of having their assistance under the  Code  reduced      
   or  discontinued  as  a  result  of  changes  in federal and State law      
   pursuant to Public Law 104-193 (the Personal Responsibility  and  Work      
   Opportunity  Reconciliation  Act  of  1996) and who may need temporary      
   assistance.  Effective immediately.                                         
          STATE MANDATES FISCAL NOTE  (DCCA)                                   
          HB957 fails to meet the definition of a State mandate.               
          FISCAL NOTE (Dept. Public Aid)                                       
          There would be a substantial increase in State spending; an          
          exact fiscal is impossible to determine.                             
          STATE MANDATES FISCAL NOTE, H-AM 3 (DCCA)                            
          No change from previous mandates note.                               
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 3.                                                 
          Adds reference to:                                                   
          305 ILCS 5/12-4.5b new                                               
          305 ILCS 5/12-4.5c new                                               
          305 ILCS 5/12-4.5d new                                               
        Deletes everything.  Amends the "Administration" Article  of  the      
   Public  Aid  Code.   Establishes  the  Lifesaver  program  to  prevent      
   homelessness  of  persons  whose  public  aid is terminated because of      
   welfare reform measures contained in Public Act 89-6  or  the  federal      
   Personal  Responsibility  and  Work  Opportunity Reconciliation Act of      
   1996.  Provides for continued financial aid for up to 180 days and job      
   training  and  placement  and  other  services  for   those   persons.      
   Provides  for a Lifesaver Jobs Project, operated by the Departments of      
   Human Services and Commerce and Community Affairs to create a pool  of      
   jobs  for  those  persons.   Requires that at least 10% of entry level      
   unskilled or low-skilled State job openings be made available to those      
   persons.  Establishes a Lifesaver Advisory Council, appointed  by  the      
   legislative  leaders  and  the  Governor, to advise the Departments of      
   Public  Aid,  Human  Services,  and  Commerce  and  Community  Affairs      
   concerning development and implementation  of  the  program.   Creates      
   within  the  Department  of Human Services the Office of the Lifesaver      
   Advocate General to receive requests for  assistance  in  establishing      
   persons'   eligibility   for  aid  and  services  under  the  program.      
   Effective immediately.                                                      
          FISCAL NOTE (Dept. of Public Aid)                                    
          Cost for continuing assistance for 5000 people at $3 per month       
          for 6 months would be $11.3 million. Cost for staffing in each       
          zone (21 staff) would be $867,000.                                   
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE

   Last action date: 99-01-12

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   1     SENATE -   0


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