2009 Session

Budget Amendments - SB850 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Colgan
TANF for Rental Assistance Pilot Project

Item 338 #3s

Item 338 #3s

First Year - FY2009 Second Year - FY2010
Health And Human Resources
Social Services, Department of FY2009 $0 FY2010 $2,400,000 NGF

Page 376, line 25, strike "$293,900,477" and insert "$296,300,477".
Page 380, after line 14, insert:
"P. Out of the amounts for this item, $2,400,000 in the second year from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families block grant shall be provided to the Department of Housing and Community Development to implement a pilot project for a rental assistance program."

(This amendment provides $2.4 million in the second year from the federal TANF block grant for a rental assistance pilot project that would be created under the Department of Housing and Community Development through its existing Homeless Intervention Program sites, minimizing administrative costs and ensuring that funds go directly to families and individuals in need. The purpose of the pilot project is to temporarily fill the gap between family income and the cost of housing for very low income working families, with priority given to families leaving welfare for work and working families and individuals unable to leave shelters due to the difference between their housing budget and area rents. It is estimated that 375 families could be served in the first year of the pilot project. The project would include the requirement for biannual reports from the participating localities in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the program, as well as a final report to the Governor and the Housing Commission on the effectiveness of the pilot project.)