2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 20, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Darling and Olsen, cosponsored by
Representatives Snyder, Pronschinske, Rodriguez, Steineke, Ballweg,
Bernier, E. Brooks, Edming, Gannon, Horlacher, Jagler, Katsma,
Kitchens, Krug, Kulp, Loudenbeck, Mursau, Novak, Petryk, Ripp,
Rohrkaste, Sanfelippo, Spiros, Thiesfeldt, Tittl, Tusler and VanderMeer.
Referred to Committee on Workforce Development, Military Affairs and
1An Act to repeal
16.303 (2) (c), 16.306 (1) (b) and 16.306 (2) (b) 6.; to renumber
16.306 (1) (a) 1., 2., 3., 4. and 5.; to consolidate, renumber and amend
(1) (intro.) and (a) (intro.); and to amend
16.306 (title), 16.306 (2) (a), 16.306 4
(2) (b) (intro.), 16.306 (3) (b), 16.306 (3) (c), 16.306 (3) (d) and 20.505 (7) (fm) of 5
the statutes; relating to: housing grants.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill eliminates the requirement that a recipient of a transitional housing
grant may not permit homeless persons to reside in housing facilities provided by the
grant recipient for more than 24 months. The Department of Administration
provides transitional housing grants to counties, community action agencies, and
private organizations for the purpose of providing housing and associated supportive
services to homeless individuals and families. In addition to eliminating the
24-month housing occupancy restriction, the bill renames “transitional housing
grants” as “housing grants.”
The bill also eliminates the requirement that DOA reasonably balance among
geographic areas of this state certain grants and loans DOA makes to defray the
housing costs of persons and families of low and moderate income.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
16.303 (2) (c) of the statutes is repealed.
16.306 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
(title) Transitional housing Housing grants.
16.306 (1) (intro.) and (a) (intro.) of the statutes are consolidated, 5
renumbered 16.306 (1) (intro.) and amended to read:
16.306 (1) Definitions Definition.
(intro.) In this section: (a) (intro.) “Eligible,
applicant" means any of the following:
16.306 (1) (a) 1., 2., 3., 4. and 5. of the statutes are renumbered 9
16.306 (1) (am), (bm), (c), (d) and (e).
16.306 (1) (b) of the statutes is repealed.
16.306 (2) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) From the appropriation under s. 20.505 (7) (fm), the department 13
may award a grant to an eligible applicant for the purpose of providing
housing and associated supportive services to homeless individuals and families to
15facilitate their movement to independent living
if the conditions under par. (b) are 16
satisfied. The department shall ensure that the funds for the grants are reasonably 17
balanced among geographic areas of the state, consistent with the quality of 18
16.306 (2) (b) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) (intro.) A recipient of a grant under par. (a) shall agree to use the 21
grant to support a transitional
housing program that does all of the following:
16.306 (2) (b) 6. of the statutes is repealed.
16.306 (3) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) The length of stay in transitional
housing of each person served.
16.306 (3) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
(c) The housing and employment status of each person served, at the 6
time that the person leaves the transitional
16.306 (3) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
(d) Any other information that the department determines to be 9
necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of the transitional
housing program operated 10
by the recipient.
20.505 (7) (fm) of the statutes is amended to read:
(fm) Shelter for homeless and transitional housing grants. 13
Biennially, the amounts in the schedule for transitional
housing grants under s. 14
16.306 and for grants to agencies and shelter facilities for homeless individuals and 15
families as provided under s. 16.308. Notwithstanding ss. 20.001 (3) (a) and 20.002 16
(1), the department may transfer funds between fiscal years under this paragraph.