8270. (a) The New Beginnings California Program is hereby established in the Department of Community Services and Development for the purpose of providing matching funds of up to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) annually to cities or local continuum of care programs to implement, expand, or continue employment programs for homeless individuals.
(b) A maximum of 50 grants annually may be awarded to cities or local continuum of care programs for the purposes specified in subdivision (a).
(c) A city or local continuum of care program shall be eligible to receive grant funding pursuant to this section if its homeless employment program meets all of the following requirements:
(1) Connects individuals living in supportive housing with work opportunities. Employment offered through the program may be with the city, a contracted service provider, or a private entity that chooses to participate in the employment program.
(2) Program participants are paid an hourly wage that is at or above minimum wage.
(3) Assists individuals who are not yet ready for employment with services and resources that will enable them to be prepared to work as soon as is feasible.
(d) A city or local continuum of care program that contracts with a service provider to implement a homeless employment program shall be eligible for a grant pursuant to this section if the program meets the requirements specified in subdivision (c).
(e) Grant funding awarded pursuant to this section shall be matched by the recipient city or local continuum of care program. A city’s or a local continuum of care program’s matching funds may be provided by charitable contributions or other grant funding.
(f) There is hereby established in the State Treasury the New Beginnings California Account. Upon appropriation, moneys in the account shall be apportioned by the Department of Community Services and Development to cities and local continuum of care programs with employment programs that meet the requirements specified in subdivision (c), not to exceed fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) annually per city or local continuum of care program.
(g) For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “City” means
a city, county, or a city and county.
(2) “Supportive housing” has the same meaning as set forth in paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of 50675.14 of the Health and Safety Code.