Florida Senate - 2024                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1442
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  02/13/2024           .                                

       The Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services
       (Grall) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 414.1611, Florida Statutes, is created
    6  to read:
    7         414.1611 Florida State Maternity Housing Grant Program.—
    8         (1) ESTABLISHMENT OF PROGRAM.—There is created the Florida
    9  State Maternity Housing Grant Program within the department to
   10  provide housing resources and approved living arrangements for
   11  resident women and families of this state experiencing
   12  homelessness during pregnancy, regardless of age or marital
   13  status, whose financial resources have been determined
   14  inadequate to meet residential costs. The State Office on
   15  Homelessness, with the concurrence of the Council on
   16  Homelessness, may accept and administer funds appropriated to
   17  the department to provide maternity housing grants annually to
   18  lead agencies for local homeless assistance continuums of care,
   19  as recognized by the State Office on Homelessness. These funds
   20  shall consist of any sums that the state may appropriate, as
   21  well as those received from donations, gifts, bequests, or
   22  otherwise from any public or private source which are intended
   23  to assist women and families experiencing homelessness during
   24  pregnancy. The total amount of grants awarded may not exceed the
   25  funding appropriated or received for the grant program under
   26  this section.
   27         (2) GRANT APPLICATIONS.—The State Office on Homelessness
   28  shall rank lead agency grant applicants competitively and give
   29  preference to applicants that leverage additional private and
   30  public funds, demonstrate the effectiveness of their maternity
   31  housing programs in housing homeless women and families
   32  experiencing pregnancy, and demonstrate the commitment of the
   33  lead agency to offer other assistance and services to address
   34  family health, employment, and education needs to prevent future
   35  homelessness.
   36         (3) ELIGIBILITY.—In order to qualify for a grant, a lead
   37  agency must develop and implement a local homeless assistance
   38  continuum of care plan for its designated catchment area, to
   39  include a maternity housing program.
   40         (4) GRANT LIMITS.—The maternity housing program funded by
   41  the grant must require a case plan for each woman or family to
   42  be assisted, setting forth which costs will be covered and the
   43  maximum level of assistance to be offered. The grant assistance
   44  may be used to pay for expenses related to any of the following:
   45         (a) Housing in an authorized living arrangement. Housing
   46  assistance may be provided for a maximum of 8 months, of which 8
   47  weeks may be postpartum.
   48         (b) Services recommended by the lead agency for women and
   49  families approved for the grant program to encourage economic
   50  independence and positive health outcomes for participants.
   51         (c) Staffing and reimbursements for providers of authorized
   52  living arrangements.
   53         (d) All other related costs for the administration of the
   54  program, not to exceed 5 percent of the total grant funds
   55  awarded to the lead agency.
   56         (5) PERFORMANCE.—The lead agency shall track, monitor, and
   57  report on each woman or family assisted for at least 12 months
   58  after the last assistance provided. The lead agency’s maternity
   59  housing program shall seek to enable at least 85 percent of the
   60  women and families assisted to avoid becoming homeless during
   61  this time period.
   62         (6) RULEMAKING AUTHORITY.—The department may adopt rules
   63  necessary to administer the program. The rules may include, but
   64  need not be limited to, eligibility criteria for homeless
   65  mothers and families experiencing pregnancy who are seeking
   66  maternity housing services.
   67         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2024.
   69  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   70  And the title is amended as follows:
   71         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   72  and insert:
   73                        A bill to be entitled                      
   74         An act relating to pregnancy support services;
   75         creating s. 414.1611, F.S.; establishing the Florida
   76         State Maternity Housing Grant Program within the
   77         Department of Children and Families for a specified
   78         purpose; providing specifications for sources of, and
   79         limitations on, funding for the program; requiring the
   80         State Office of Homelessness administering the grant
   81         funds to rank grant applicants competitively and give
   82         preference to certain grant applicants; specifying
   83         eligibility criteria for lead agencies applying for
   84         grants under the program; specifying requirements for
   85         lead agencies that receive grants under the program;
   86         specifying expenses for which grant funds may be used;
   87         requiring lead agencies to track, monitor, and report
   88         on each woman or family assisted with the grant funds
   89         for a specified timeframe; specifying performance
   90         goals for lead agencies administering grant funds;
   91         authorizing the department to adopt rules necessary to
   92         administer the program; providing an effective date.