By Dutton H.B. No. 3710 76R9219 T A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to creation of a homeless employment outreach program by 1-3 the Texas Workforce Commission 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Section 302.001, Chapter 302, Subchapter A, Labor 1-6 Code is amended by adding a new subsection to read as follows: 1-7 (3) "A homeless individual" means an individual 1-8 defined by 42 U.S.C.A., Section 11302. 1-9 SECTION 2. Chapter 302, Subchapter A, Labor Code is amended 1-10 by adding the following new language to read as follows: 1-11 SECTION 302.008. HOMELESS EMPLOYMENT OUTREACH PROGRAM. (a) 1-12 The commission, in cooperation with the Texas Department of Housing 1-13 and Community Affairs, the Texas Interagency Council for the 1-14 Homeless, the Office for Education of the Homeless Children and 1-15 Youth at the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at 1-16 Austin, the Health and Human Services Commission, the Governor's 1-17 Office of Budget and Planning State Grants Writing Team, the Texas 1-18 Department of Economic Development local workforce development 1-19 boards and other employment services providers and non profit 1-20 homeless shelters shall establish a homeless employment outreach 1-21 program to assist homeless individuals in seeking employment and 1-22 job training. 1-23 (b) The commission, in cooperation with agencies and 1-24 organizations mention in Subsection (a), shall develop a homeless 2-1 employment outreach plan that outlines the mission, goals and 2-2 timeframes for program implementation and reporting. The plan 2-3 shall include, but not be limited to: 2-4 (1) Providing vocational and educational assessment 2-5 for homeless individuals; 2-6 (2) Creating a skills enhancement program for homeless 2-7 individuals in cooperation with other government, educational and 2-8 private entities by using available or private financial resources; 2-9 (3) Developing an outreach program in cooperation with 2-10 individuals, businesses, governmental entities and manufacturers to 2-11 disseminate materials on employment opportunities and training 2-12 resources, sponsoring or cosponsoring job seminars, job fairs and 2-13 workshops for homeless individuals; 2-14 (c) The commission, in cooperation with the agencies and 2-15 organizations mention in Subsection (a), shall develop a Homeless 2-16 Employment Resource Guide to provide homeless individuals, service 2-17 providers, non-profit organizations information on funding 2-18 resources, job training initiatives, transportation initiatives, 2-19 child care information and incentives for employment and job 2-20 creation. In developing the resource guide, the commission shall 2-21 make use of existing resources and information materials provided 2-22 by agencies and organizations mention in subsection (a) of this 2-23 section. 2-24 (d) In order to implement this section, the commission may 2-25 use money from other entities by gift or grant by contract. 2-26 (e) The commission by December 1, 2000 shall draft and file 2-27 with the appropriate committees a report discussing the results of 3-1 the program, barriers to employment for homeless individuals and 3-2 recommendations to the 77th Legislature." 3-3 SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the 3-4 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 3-5 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 3-6 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 3-7 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended, 3-8 and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its 3-9 passage, and it is so enacted.