An Act To End Homelessness by Expanding Housing Support Services
Sec. 1. 30-A MRSA c. 201, sub-c. 3-C is enacted to read:
HOUSING FIRST ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
§ 4766. Housing First Assistance Program
(1) Low income or a lack of income or income source;
(2) A poor credit or financial history;
(3) A poor rental history or lack of a rental history;
(4) Abuse of drugs or alcohol or a failure to participate in or complete a substance abuse program or similar behavior modification program;
(5) A criminal record; or
(6) Other behavior that indicates a lack of readiness for housing.
Sec. 2. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
HOUSING AUTHORITY, MAINE STATE
Housing First Assistance Program N232
Initiative: Provides ongoing funding to establish and provide 24-hour housing support services for 30 units at a "Housing First" development for chronically homeless individuals and families. Funds may be awarded to entities not in State Government through a competitive bid process.
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This bill establishes the Housing First Assistance Program. The program is established in and administered by the Maine State Housing Authority. The authority is required to work with emergency shelters and other crisis responders in the neediest areas of the State to provide permanent housing and support services for chronically homeless individuals and families and to homeless individuals addicted to opiates. The program must meet the core elements for a "Housing First" program as delineated by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, including not disqualifying or evicting a resident due to alcohol or substance abuse, a criminal record, poor financial history or lack of an income. The authority may contract with outside entities to operate the housing units and award grants to those entities under a competitive bid process.
This bill provides ongoing funding necessary to fund 30 housing units and provide support services at those units for chronically homeless individuals including opiate-addicted homeless individuals.