Welcome to Scribd. Sign in or start your free trial to enjoy unlimited e-books, audiobooks & documents.Find out more
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
2012-07-24 Item 12 California Homeless Bill of Rights

2012-07-24 Item 12 California Homeless Bill of Rights

|Views: 9|Likes:
Published by Toby Nixon
The full text of the California homeless bill of rights.
The full text of the California homeless bill of rights.

More info:

Published by: Toby Nixon on Dec 03, 2012
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less





Jesse Arreguín
Councilmember, District 4
2180 Milvia Street, 5
Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel: (510) 981-7140
TDD: (510) 981-6903
Fax: (510) 981-7144E-Mail: jarreguin@CityofBerkeley.info
CONSENT CALENDARJuly 24, 2012To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City CouncilFrom: Councilmember Jesse ArreguinSubject: California Homeless Bill of RightsRECOMMENDATION: Adopt a Resolution urging the California Legislature to adopt the CaliforniaHomeless Bill of Rights, which, among various things, establishes that no personshould suffer unfair discrimination based on their homeless status.BACKGROUND:Being homeless in California does not deny a person basic rights, access tonecessary services or fair treatment in the workplace or polling place. The“Homeless Bill of Rights” will guarantee that no person’s rights, privileges or accessto public services will be denied or abridged solely because he or she is homeless.Late last month, the State of Rhode Island passed a first-of-its-kind Homeless Bill of Rights,” signed Governor Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican who now identifies asIndependent. Last week, the California Legislature passed a much neededHomeowners Bill of rights; the next logical step is to ensure the rights of thosewithout a home.FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:None.CONTACT PERSONS:Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, District 4 981-7140 ATTACHMENTS:1. Resolution2. Text of California Homeless Bill of Rights3. “Rhode Island Homeless Bill of Rights Praised As US Model,” Huffington Post
“R.I. Gov. Chafee Signs First-In-Nation Homeless Bill of Rights,” ProvidenceJournal
RESOLUTION NO.URGING THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE TO ADOPT THE CALIFORNIAHOMELESS BILL OF RIGHTS TO ENSURE THAT BASIC RIGHTS AREGUARANTEED TO HOMELESS INDIVIDUALSWHEREAS, the most recent available data estimates that there 649,917 peopleexperiencing homelessness in the U.S. on any given night and that more than 1.59million people spent a least one night in emergency shelter or transitional housing over the last year; andWHEREAS, the current economic recession and foreclosure crisis exacerbate theproblem of homelessness and that the number of homeless individuals is projected toincrease by %2 over the next year as the lingering effects of the recession and constantbudget cuts continue to aggravate deep poverty levels; andWHEREAS, adequate and permanent shelter is a basic need, and its absence has adeleterious effect upon physical and mental health, personal development, and theability to exercise individual rights and obligations; andWHEREAS, groups who have historically been discriminated against, such as ethnicminorities, persons with mental illness, women, children and youth, have beendisproportionately affected by the lack of affordable and suitable housing; andWHEREAS, no person should be deprived of a decent quality of life, suffer unnecessarily, or be subject to unfair discrimination based on their homeless status;andNOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Berkeley that wecan end homelessness by increasing access to affordable permanent housing, efforts toensure jobs pay a living wage, adequate support for those who cannot work,appropriate facilities and services for persons with substance abuse and mental illness,access to affordable health care, access to quality educational opportunities, outreachand crisis assistance and transitional housing.BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that it hereby supports the California Homeless Bill of Rights and urges the California Legislature to adopt the Bill of Rights to ensure thatthose without a home can enjoy the same rights afford to all others and that copies of this resolution and the California Homeless Bill of Rights shall be sent to Senator proTem Darrell Steinberg, Senators Loni Hancock, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, and Assemblymember Nancy Skinner.
An act to add Chapter 10 Section 13000 to the Government Code within PART 2.8.DEPARTMENT OF FAIR EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING relating to homeless persons andhousing status.This act shall be known and may be cited as the “Homeless Bill of Rights.”Legislative intent. (1) At the present time, many persons have been rendered homeless as a result of economichardship, a severe shortage of safe, affordable housing, and a shrinking social safety net.(2) Article 1, Section 1 of the California State Constitution states in part,“All people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights. Among these areenjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, andpursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.”(3) All laws, therefore, should be made for the good of the whole; and the burdens of the stateought to be fairly distributed among its citizens.(4) Article 1 SEC. 7. (a) of the California State Constitution states in part, “A person may not bedeprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law or denied equal protection of thelaws;”(5) Concordant with this fundamental belief, no person should suffer unnecessarily or be subjectto unfair discrimination based on their homeless status. It is the intent of this act to ameliorate theadverse effects visited upon individuals and our communities when the state’s residents lack ahome.The people of the State of California do enact as follows:SECTION 1. CHAPTER 10 Section 13000 is added to PART 2.8. DEPARTMENT OF FAIREMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING of the Government Code to read:CHAPTER 10. HOMELESS BILL OF RIGHTSSECTION 13000. (a) The People of the State of California find and declareall of the following:(1) In the State of California hereinafter referred to as the state, many people are denied:(A) Housing due to their housing status of being homeless, living in a shelter, a vehicle, the streetand or the public domain;(B) Employment due to their current housing status of being homeless, living in a shelter, avehicle the street;(C) Housing and Employment and as a result of not having a fixed or residential mailing addressor having a post office box as a mailing address;(D) Equal protection of the laws and Due Process by law enforcement and prosecuting agencies;
 Attachment 2

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->