Housing Subcommittee Update
COMMITTEE ON TREATMENT OF PERSONS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
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02:54 PM -- Housing Subcommittee Update
Kathy McGuire, Advisory Task Force member, provided three handouts to the committee (Attachment N, Attachment O, and Attachment P). Ms. McGuire discussed the draft concept paper prepared by the advisory task force's Housing Subcommittee. Ms. McGuire added that the Housing Subcommittee is exploring resources for populations who are not eligible for the state's housing voucher programs. She highlighted the possible legislative changes, policy changes, and programmatic changes that may be needed to provide housing vouchers to various populations who are not currently eligible.
Gina Shimeall, Advisory Task Force member, discussed the need for additional vouchers for persons with mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system. She discussed issues related to community corrections. Ms. McGuire and Ms. Shimeall answered questions about possibly engaging the Joint Budget Committee in the Housing Subcommittee's efforts. Committee discussion with Ms. Shimeall about housing authorities and housing vouchers ensued.
Ms. George discussed the number of people with disability status who receive vouchers. Ms. Shimeall discussed how expanding the current voucher programs could assist people with disabilities. Ms. George discussed how housing authorities set priorities. Ms. Shimeall discussed prior legislative efforts regarding zoning issues. Committee discussion with Ms. Shimeall and Ms. George about housing ensued.