Summary: H.R.5140 — 99th Congress (1985-1986)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (06/26/1986)

Homeless Persons' Survival Act of 1986 - Title I: Emergency Relief for the Homeless - Subtitle A: Emergency Shelter for the Homeless - Declares that every homeless individual is entitled to decent overnight shelter.

Amends the Social Security Act to make emergency assistance mandatory for needy families with children and for homeless persons.

Subtitle B: Social Security Assistance to the Homeless - Amends the Social Security Act to provide for an outreach program to homeless persons who may be eligible for OASDI and SSI benefits.

Extends SSI eligibility to public shelter residents.

Subtitle C: Health and Mental Health Care for the Homeless - Provides health and mental health care services to homeless persons.

Subtitle D: Emergency Food for the Homeless - Amends the Food Stamp Act of 1977 to provide for food stamp outreach to homeless persons. Makes establishments that feed homeless persons eligible to redeem food stamps.

Amends the Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983 to increase the FY 1987 authorization of appropriations and extend funding through FY 1989.

Subtitle E: Emergency Assistance to Homeless Families and Children - Amends the General Education Provisions Act to require a State or local educational agency to provide free public education to homeless children in order to receive federal assistance.

Amends the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to define "providing temporary shelter" as providing shelter until permanent shelter can be provided elsewhere.

Provides for grants for the establishment or expansion of shelters for homeless parents and infants.

Subtitle F: Job Training for the Homeless - Amends the Job Training Partnership Act to include homeless persons in the definition of economically disadvantaged.

Subtitle G: Entitlements Eligibility for the Homeless - States that the lack of a permanent address shall not make a person ineligible for assistance under: (1) the AFDC program; (2) the SSI program; (3) Medicaid; or (4) veterans' pension programs.

Title II: Prevention of Homelessness - Subtitle A: Prevention of Evictions - Sets forth conditions which must be met before evicting a tenant from any federally assisted rental housing project.

Directs the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to provide grants for emergency rent relief payments to landlords on behalf of tenants facing eviction. Authorizes FY 1987 appropriations.

Establishes in the Treasury an Emergency Rent Relief Fund.

Subtitle B: Preservation of Low Income Housing - Provides for the preservation of single room occupancy buildings under the following programs: (1) community development block grants; (2) urban development action grants; (3) the existing housing program; and (4) the moderate rehabilitation program.

Authorizes FY 1987 appropriations for rural housing.

Subtitle C: Prevention of Homelessness of Disabled and Institutionalized Persons - Provides for the eligibility of mentally ill persons for federally assisted housing.

Amends the Social Security Act to provide for: (1) immediate SSI payments for chronically mentally ill persons; (2) full SSI payments through the third month of institutionalization; and (3) pre-release procedures for such institutionalized persons.

Amends the Food Stamp Act of 1977 to provide for a single application for SSI and food stamp benefits by SSI pre-release persons.

Subtitle D: Prevention of Homelessness of Families and Children - Amends the Social Security Act to modify specified AFDC rules regarding dependent children in extended families.

Title III: Increased Low Income Housing - Increases funding for existing housing and moderate rehabilitation programs. Authorizes FY 1987 appropriations.

Provides for the increased availability of tax-foreclosed property to house the homeless.

Obligates funds for FY 1987 under the community development block grants and housing for the elderly or handicapped programs for mentally ill homeless persons.

Title IV: Effective Date - Makes the provisions of this Act effective on October 1, 1986.