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Adult and Family Homelessness

Administration and Councils

Relates to establishment and directives for state offices, programs, coordinating councils, task forces, committees and pilot programs. Also includes requirements for administrative reports to legislatures.

Awareness and Prevention

Includes legislation relating to state-sponsored efforts to build awareness and understanding of homelessness and strategies to prevent homelessness. Also includes declarations of the right to housing.

Driver Licenses, IDs and Vital Records

Includes legislation related to the issuance of drivers’ licenses, government-issued identification cards and vital records documents for individuals experiencing homelessness. 

Emergency Response

Includes legislation relating to funding and service provision for people experiencing homelessness during public states of emergencies.

Employment

Includes legislation relating to employment and training programs for people experiencing homelessness.

Funding

Includes legislation relating to appropriations and funding for programs and grants to prevent adult and family homelessness and support people experiencing homelessness.

Other

Includes legislation pertaining to adult and family homelessness not captured in other categories.

Shelter and Services

Relates to shelter and other services for individuals experiencing homelessness. Includes shelter admissions procedures and wraparound services and resources for adults and families experiencing homelessness.

Systems Coordination

Includes legislation relating to cross-systems coordination among systems serving people experiencing homelessness, with a focus on improving collaboration to better meet the complex needs of those experiencing homelessness and those at risk of becoming homeless.

Tax Credits and Incentives

Relates to tax credits for those employing homeless individuals and other tax incentives for supporting the homeless.

Veterans

Includes legislation relating to programs and initiatives pertaining to homeless veterans.

Housing

Administration and Councils

Relates to establishment and directives for state offices, programs, coordinating councils, task forces, committees and pilot programs. Also includes requirements for administrative reports to legislatures on safe, stable and affordable housing.

Development

Relates to zoning regulations and the development of affordable housing.

Emergency Response

Includes legislation relating to funding, rental assistance, eviction moratoriums and other housing-related matters during public states of emergencies.

Funding

Includes legislation related to appropriations, financing for affordable housing, first-time homebuyer assistance, foreclosures, short-sales and other protections.

Health

Includes legislation related to healthy housing, social determinants of health, medical respite and recuperative care, aging in place, and supportive, recovery or transitional housing.

Landlord Tenant and Eviction

Includes legislation regarding evictions, housing discrimination and other matters related to landlord-tenant relations.

Mobile and Manufactured Homes

Includes legislation relating to mobile and manufactured homes.

Mortgage and Financing

Includes legislation related to mortgages, alternative mortgages, down payment assistance and other sources of financing for home purchases.

Other

Includes legislation pertaining to safe, stable and affordable housing not captured in other categories.

Rent Control

Includes legislation relating to the maximum amount landlords may charge tenants for rental housing.

Rental Assistance

Includes legislation relating to financial assistance for renters, including rental assistance certificates, housing vouchers and other programs designed to help low-income renters maintain their housing.

Supportive Housing

Includes legislation relating to supportive housing and wrap-around services for individuals experiencing homelessness.

Tax Credits and Incentives

Includes legislation relating to tax credits, tax exemptions and other financial incentives to build or offer nonmarket-rate housing.

Tiny Homes and Accessory Dwelling Units

Includes legislation relating to planning, permitting and building tiny homes, tiny-home communities and accessory dwelling units.

Transitional

Includes legislation relating to housing programs for individuals transitioning out of homelessness.

Veterans

Includes legislation relating to housing assistance programs for veterans.

Workforce

Includes legislation relating to the development of workforce housing, including rental housing for teachers and other school employees, municipal employees, volunteer fire or ambulance workers.

Youth Homelessness

Consent

Includes legislation addressing legal authority for homeless minors to consent to their own medical and behavioral health care, shelter and other services.

Education

Pertains to the education of youth experiencing homelessness. Includes legislation addressing school district requirements for serving youth experiencing homelessness including but not limited to identifying homeless students, providing and accepting partial credit for work completed by a student experiencing homelessness, providing transportation to youth experiencing homelessness and addressing the needs of homeless college students.

Foster Youth

Includes legislation pertaining to housing for youth transitioning out of foster care.

Funding

Includes legislation relating to appropriations and funding for programs addressing youth homelessness.

Housing

Includes legislation relating to housing assistance programs for youth experiencing homelessness.

Human Trafficking

Pertains to prevention and mitigation efforts for youth at risk of homelessness and human trafficking. Includes legislation addressing emergency and transitional housing, health services and other services.

Juvenile Justice

Includes legislation relating to services and programs for youth experiencing homelessness who have been involved with the juvenile justice system.

LGBTQ

Includes legislation relating to programs for youth experiencing homelessness who identify as LGBTQ.

Other

Includes legislation pertaining to youth homelessness not captured in other categories.

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