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  • NJ A4767
  • Prohibits emergency homeless shelters from conditioning provision of shelter on enrollment in certain programs.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill prohibits emergency shelters for the homeless from conditioning the provision of shelter on a person's enrollment in certain programs. Under the provision of the bill, an emergency shelter for the homeless is required to provide shelter to a person for a minimum of 72 hours, regardless of whether the person is enrolled in a local, State, federal, or private assistance program, or is receiving any other services or benefits. The bill provides that following the initial 72 hours, an emergency homeless shelter may require an individual to apply for programs, assistance, or other services or benefits, as a condition of continued provision of shelter. An individual in compliance with this requirement would have to be provided with shelter for a period of no less than 90 days. The bill further provides that an emergency homeless shelter is not required to exceed its licensed capacity, plus any authorized excess capacity, in order to comply with these requirements. Further, the bill does not prohibit a shelter from refusing to provide shelter if the refusal is otherwise authorized by law or regulation.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, Human Services, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee  (on 6/29/2017)

Date Chamber Action Description
6/29/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee
6/29/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (66-1-11)
5/18/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
5/11/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Human Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/29/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 66 1 13
Detail 5/18/2017 Assembly Human Services Committee: Reported Favorably 4 0 2