Bill No.
34-13
Concerning: Interagency Commission on
Homelessness - Established
Revised:
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Draft No.
Introduced:
December 10,2013
Enacted:
April 1, 2014
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COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Council Vice-President Leventhal and Council President Rice
AN
ACT to:
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establish an Interagency Commission on Homelessness;
establish the membership and duties of the Commission; and
generally amend the law relating to health and sanitation..
By adding
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 24, Health and Sanitation
Article
IX.
Interagency Commission on Homelessness
Sections 24-62, 24-63, 24-64, 24-65, 24-66, 24-67,24-68, [[and]] 24-69. and 24-70
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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Sec. 1. Article IX (Sections 24-62, 24-63,24-64,24-65,24-66,24-67,24-68,
[[and]] 24-69, and 24-70) is added as follows:
Article IX. Interagency Commission on Homelessness
24-62. Legislative findings and statement of policy.
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The County Council finds that reducing homelessness reqUIres
substantial coordination and cooperation among federal. state. and local
governments, as well as private sector service providers and community
organizations.
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Montgomery County Continuum of Care is a group of governmental
entities
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representatives
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carries
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responsibilities of the Continuum of Care program established pursuant
to the federal Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to
Housing Act of 2009 (the HEARTH Act).
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The County Council intends that the Interagency Commission on
Homelessness established under this Article be constituted and function
in such a manner that it may serve as the governing board of
Montgomery County Continuum of Care. and in serving this function
comply with applicable federal regulations governing the Continuum of
Care program.
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24-63. Definitions.
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100. 000 Homes Campaign
means an initiative in special needs housing that
gives priority to placing the most vulnerable. chronically homeless people in
permanent supportive housing through a Housing First model:
Commission
means the Interagency Commission on Homelessness;
Continuum ofCare
means a community prograll1. established under the
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HEARTH Act. to organize and deliver housing and services to meet the
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specific needs of people who are homeless as they move to stable housing and
maximum self-sufficiency; and
Housing First Initiative
means a process for placing homeless people into
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housing that discourages imposing conditions on placement related to health,
employment. or sobriety. and seeks to reduce the time in shelter or transitional
programs and provide the needed supports to people in a permanent home.
([24-63.]]24-64. Established.
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The Executive must appoint, subject to confirmation
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Interagency Commission on Homelessness.
([24-64.]]24-65. Members
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The Commission has 25 members.
The Executive must appoint the following to serve as ex-officio
members:
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Director ofthe Department of Health and Human Services;
Chief of Special Needs Housing of the Department of Health and
Human Services;
Chief of Behavioral Health and Crisis Services of the Department
of Health and Human Services;
Director ofthe Department ofCorrection and Rehabilitation;
Director ofthe Department of Housing and Community Affairs;
Assistant Chief for Field Services of the Montgomery County
Police Department; and
A representative from the Office ofthe County Executive[[; and
The Director ofthe Family Justice Center]]:.
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The Executive must invite the following to serve as ex officio members:
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A member of the County Council, selected
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the Council
President;
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Executive Director ofthe Housing Opportunities Commission;
Director of Student Services of the Montgomery County Public
Schools;
The Mayor or the representative of the Mayor of the City of
Gaithersburg;
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The Mayor or the representative of the Mayor of the City of
Rockville;
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The Mayor or the representative of the Mayor of the City of
Takoma Park;
A representative of the either the United States Department of
Veterans Affairs or the Maryland Department of Veterans
Affairs; [[and]]
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The Montgomery County Sheriff or the representative of the
County Sheriff: and
A member of the County Legislative Delegation selected jointly
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the Chairs of the House and Senate Delegations.
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The Executive must appoint
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members that are representatives of the
Montgomery County Continuum of Care.
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The Executive must appoint
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members of the public. At least
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public
member must be
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homeless or fonnerly homeless resident of
Montgomery County and at least
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member must be
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representative of
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hospital located in Montgomery County.
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The tenn of each non-ex officio member is
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vacancy before
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term expires, the successor serves
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[[24-65.]]24-66.
Voting,
officers,
chairs,
meetings,
compensation;
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subcommittees.
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Each member of the [[Group]] Commission is
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voting member.
The Executive must designate
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Chair and Vice Chair.
The Commission must meet at least
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A member serves without compensation. However,
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member may
request reimbursement for mileage and dependent care costs at rates
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The Commission may establish
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subcommittees to assist in
carrying out any function of the Commission. Any subcommittee action
is not the action of the Commission and must not bind the Commission
or its members. A subcommittee may include
member of the Commission.
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subcommittee must be
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[[24-66.]]24-67. Duties.
The Commission must:
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promote
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community-wide goal to end homelessness;
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strategic plan to prevent and reduce homelessness and
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minimize the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless families and
individuals;
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review and monitor any program that is
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component of the Continuum
of Care, 100,000 Homes Campaign, and Housing First Initiative,
including:
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permanent housing;
transitional housing;
supportive services;
homeless management information system;
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homelessness prevention; and
emergency shelter;
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recommend to the Executive and Council any improvements to the
Continuum of Care, including process changes, to reduce any barrier to
housing and minimize the time needed to move someone from
homelessness to housing;
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educate the community about homelessness, best practices to reduce
homelessness, resources needed to reduce homelessness, and long term
savings that are achieved
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providing permanent, stable housing; and
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recommend and promote partnerships with any private organization,
business, corporation, philanthropic organization or foundation, and any
municipal, state, or federal government agency to improve the County's
ability to prevent and reduce homelessness.
[[24-67.)]24-68. Annual report
By November 30 of each year, the Commission must submit to the Executive
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report that:
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provides data and trends regarding homelessness, including data from
the Council of Government's Point-in-Time survey and the 100,000
Homes Campaign survey;
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identifies
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in the Continuum of Care that prevent or impede the
County's ability to address needs identified through the review of data
on homeless;
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makes recommendations for the capital and operating budget for the
following fiscal year;
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makes recommendation for any legislative or regulatory changes needed
to implement the Continuum of Care strategic plan; and
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reports on any educational or public outreach activities undertaken
during the preceding year.
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[[24-68.]]24-69. Advocacy.
The Commission must not engage in any legislative advocacy at the state or
federal levels unless that activity is approved
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the Office of Intergovernmental
Relations.
[[24-69.]]24-70. Staff.
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The Chief Administrative Officer must provide appropriate staff within the
Department of Health and Human Services to staff the Commission.
Sec. 2. Terms for Initial Members.
The County Executive must stagger the terms of the non-ex officio members
initially appointed under Section 24-64 so that approximately one-third of the terms
of these members expire each year.
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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This is a correct copy o/Council action.
Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
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