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  • NJ A4406
  • Provides for emergency assistance to individuals or families that are homeless or in temporary living arrangement due to domestic violence.
Introduced
(12/15/2016)
In Committee
(6/29/2017)
Crossed Over
(6/29/2017)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill provides for emergency assistance to individuals or families that are homeless or in a temporary living arrangement due to domestic violence. Current regulations at N.J.A.C.10:90-6.1 provide that emergency assistance is available in situations where there is an indication that an individual, or a parent and his or her children, have left their customary residence and the individual or family is in a state of homelessness due to imminent or demonstrated domestic violence that imperils the health and safety of the individual or family. The regulations further provide that temporary living arrangements during the period between the occurrence of the incidence of domestic violence and the application for emergency assistance do not negate the existence of a state of homelessness. However, the regulations do not assert the supremacy of these protections for victims of domestic violence over other provisions that restrict emergency assistance from individuals and families that have "caused their own homelessness." Advocates have testified to the Legislature that some victims of domestic violence have been denied emergency assistance on the grounds that they voluntarily left a job where their abuser could find them, failed to plan for substitute housing, or otherwise caused their own homelessness. This legislation is intended to ensure that victims of domestic violence can be assured of support from the emergency assistance program, even if they must depart their home abruptly and without adequate time to ensure compliance with other program requirements.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Budget and Appropriations, Human Services, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee  (on 6/29/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
6/29/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
6/29/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (75-2-0)
5/18/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
12/15/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Human Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/29/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 76 1 3
Detail 5/18/2017 Assembly Human Services Committee: Reported with Amendments 6 0 0