S. 2608 (99th): Homeless Persons’ Survival Act of 1986

Jun 26, 1986 (99th Congress, 1985–1986)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Albert Gore Jr.
Senator from Tennessee

This bill was introduced on June 26, 1986, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Jun 26, 1986
Referred to Committee Jun 26, 1986
Full Title

A bill to prevent homelessness and to provide a comprehensive aid package for homeless individuals.


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1 cosponsors (1D) (show)

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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 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 program. 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.

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