2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
March 20, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Bernier, L. Taylor and Carpenter,
cosponsored by Representatives
Dittrich, Steineke, Rodriguez, Snyder,
Pronschinske, Kurtz, Plumer, James, Rohrkaste, Felzkowski, Tittl,
Mursau, Spiros, Steffen, Allen, Duchow, Kulp, Petryk, Petersen,
Thiesfeldt, Kitchens, Schraa, Krug, Murphy, Tusler and Subeck. Referred
to Committee on Utilities and Housing.
1An Act to amend
16.307 (2), 16.307 (2m) and 20.505 (7) (h); and to create
(1m) and 20.505 (7) (fn) of the statutes; relating to: housing navigator grants
3and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill creates an annual appropriation of $300,000 to be used by the
Department of Administration to provide grants to Continuum of Care organizations
for hiring housing navigators.
For further information see the state 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:
16.307 (1m) of the statutes is created to read:
16.307 (1m) Grants for housing navigators.
From the appropriation under 6
s. 20.505 (7) (fn), the department shall make equal grants to each continuum of care 7
organization in this state designated by the federal department of housing and urban 8
development. All grant funds shall be used to hire housing navigators to engage in
activities that include: acting as a liaison with landlords, rental property managers, 2
and homeless assistance programs; recruiting new landlords; identifying affordable 3
housing for program participants; and mediating landlord-tenant issues. The 4
department shall ensure that the grant funds are expended to fill housing navigator 5
positions that are reasonably balanced among the geographic areas served by each 6
continuum of care organization.
16.307 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
16.307 (2) Supplemental funds.
The department shall ensure that grants 9
awarded under sub. subs.
are not used to supplant other state funds 10
available for homelessness prevention or services to homeless individuals or 11
16.307 (2m) of the statutes is amended to read:
16.307 (2m) Report.
Annually, the department shall submit a report to the 14
speaker of the assembly, the president of the senate,
the appropriate standing 15
committees under s. 13.172 (3) that summarizes how much money was received 16under sub. (1)
in the previous year and how that money was distributed.
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 18
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.505 (7) (fn) of the statutes is created to read:
(fn) Funding for housing navigators.
As a continuing appropriation, 2
the amounts in the schedule for grants to continuum of care organizations under s. 3
20.505 (7) (h) of the statutes is amended to read:
(h) Funding for the homeless.
All moneys received from interest on 6
real estate trust accounts under s. 452.13 for grants under s. 16.307
, and all 7
moneys received under ss. 704.05 (5) (a) 2. and 704.055 (2) (b), for grants to agencies 8
and shelter facilities for homeless individuals and families under s. 16.308 (2) (a) and 9
This act takes effect on the day after publication, or on the 2nd day after 12
publication of the 2019 biennial budget act, whichever is later.