AGENDA ITEM #4D
December 10,2013
Introduction
MEMORANDUM
December 6, 2013
TO:
FROM:
County Council
Linda McMillan, Senior Legislative
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
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Introduction:
Established
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SUBJECT:
Bill 34-13, Interagency Commission on Homelessness ­
Bill 34-13, Interagency Commission on Homelessness - Established, sponsored by Council Vice­
President Leventhal, is scheduled to be introduced on December 10, 2013. A public hearing is
tentatively scheduled for January 21, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.
Bill 34-13 would establish an Interagency Commission on Homelessness and establish the
membership and duties ofthe Commission.
This packet contains:
Bill 34-13
Legislative Request Report
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Bill No.
34-13
Concerning: Interagency Commission on
Homelessness - Established
Revised: 12/4/2013
Draft No. _1_
Introduced:
December 10. 2013
Expires:
June 10. 2015
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Ch. _ _, Laws of Mont. Co. _ _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Council Vice-President Leventhal
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
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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Article IX (Sections 24-62, 24-63, 24-64, 24-65, 24-66, 24-67, 24-68,
and 24-69) is added as follows:
Article IX.
Intera2ency
Commission on Homelessness
24-62. Definitions.
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In
this Article,
Commission
means the Interagency Commission on
Homelessness.
24-63. Established.
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The Executive must appoint, subject to confirmation
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the Council, an
Interagency Commission on Homelessness.
24-64. 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 of the 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 of the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation;
Director of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs;
Assistant Chief for Field Services of the Montgomery County
Police Department;
A representative from the Office of the County Executive; and
The Director of the Family Justice Center.
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The Executive must invite the following to serve as ex officio members:
A member of the County Council, selected
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the Council
President;
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Executive Director of the 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;
The Mayor of the representative of the Mayor of the City of
Rockville;
The Mayor or the representative of the Mayor of the City of
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A representative ofthe Department of Veteran's Affairs; and
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the Chairs of the House and Senate Delegations.
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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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member must be
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homeless or formerly homeless resident of
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representative of
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hospital located in Montgomery County.
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The term of each member is
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member is appointed to fill
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vacancy before
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the rest of the
24-65. Voting, officers, chairs, meetings, compensation; subcommittees.
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Each member ofthe Group 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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times each year.
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A member serves without compensation. However,
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request reimbursement for mileage and dependent care costs at rates
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The Commission may establish
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more 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
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member of the Commission. However, the chair of each subcommittee
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24-66. 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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families and
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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; and
homelessness prevention;
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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. Annual report
By November 30 of each year, the Commission must submit to the Executive
and Council
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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
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makes recommendations for the capital and operating budget for the
following fiscal year;
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.
24-68. 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. 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.
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The County Executive must stagger the terms of the members initially
appointed under Section 24-64 so that approximately one-third of the terms of these
members expire each year.
Approved:
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Craig
L.
Rice, President, County Council
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Approved:
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
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Linda M. Lauer, Clerk ofthe Council
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 34-13
Interagency Commission on Homelessness
DESCRIPTION:
PROBLEM:
Bill 34-13 would
Homelessness
create
an
Interagency
Commission
on
Homelessness continues in Montgomery County as
it
does in other
jurisdictions. The 2013 COG Point-in-Time survey counted 1,004
homeless people including 638 homeless individuals and 366 people
in families.
In
November, during the 100,000 Homes Campaign
Registry week 431 homeless individuals were contacted and 369
completed surveys providing information about the risk factors,
including health, that have led to their homelessness.
Improve planning and collaboration to prevent and reduce
homelessness by establishing an ongoing Commission of policy
makers, service partners, and public members. The Commission will
help inform the public about the problem of homelessness and the
outcomes from helping individuals and families to have permanent
housing. The Commission will review programs and best practices
and make recommendations to the County Executive and County
CounciL
Health and Human Services
To be requested.
To be requested.
Subject to the general oversight of the County Executive and County
CounciL
To be researched.
Linda McMillan, Senior Legislative Attorney 240-777-7933
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attorney 240-777-7815
N/A
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
N/A
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