SOURCE: League of California Cities

March 27, 2007 19:43 ET

AB 411 Would Require State to Consider Neighborhood Conditions When Siting Group Homes

SACRAMENTO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 27, 2007 -- AB 411, authored by Assemblyman Bill Emmerson (R-Redlands) passed out of the Assembly Human Services Committee today by a vote of 6-0. If signed into law, the bill will help assure that local planning and zoning issues are considered when a state sites a licensed residential facility in a local neighborhood.

For cities, the overconcentration of residential group homes facilities in single family neighborhoods, including homes for troubled youth, parolee housing and sober living homes, is a serious public safety concern. AB 411 would give local governments the opportunity to provide information about the conditions that exist at a proposed group home location in a city to the Director of the Department of Social Services.

Some of these facilities may be allowed to congregate in a neighborhood without communicating to, or notifying local governments or other state agencies about their location. Additionally, the improved siting decisions will also help to ensure that group home residents will receive the maximum rehabilitation and support services for those who live in them.

"The problem of group homes isn't a Republican problem or a Democrat problem and it's clear that the Assembly Human Services Committee agrees," explained Assemblyman Emmerson. "However, this is just the first step in solving the legitimate concerns facing cities and residents alike."

League Executive Director Chris McKenzie complimented the Human Services Committee for recognizing the importance of having local input with the siting of group homes in our cities.

"We are pleased to see that AB 411 passed so quickly out of the Assembly Human Services Committee," McKenzie said. "Much of the frustration about group homes results from a lack of communication between state agencies and local governments, especially when effects on existing neighborhoods are ignored. This bill opens a dialogue on the concerns and coordination needed with group homes."

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