SECTION 1. Within 45 days after the effective date of this act, a 15-member advisory commission shall be established to study the best practices and safety protocols of state subsidized senior and non-elderly disabled housing. The advisory committee shall consist of the following members: two members selected by the Governor of the Commonwealth; four members selected by the Speaker of the House; four members selected by the Senate President; one member selected by the Citizens Housing and Planning Association; one member selected by the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials; one member selected by the Mass Union of Public Housing Tenants; one member selected by the Disability Law Center; one member selected by the Massachusetts Municipal Association.
SECTION 2. (a) Notwithstanding any special or general law, there shall be established a special commission to: (i) determine the level of need for additional adult disabled housing in the commonwealth; (ii) create a portfolio accounting for all occupied and available housing for individuals with disabilities; and (iii) determine best practices and costs to increase the stock of adult disabled housing to meet the level of need.
(b) The special commission shall consist of: 2 members selected by the Governor of the Commonwealth; 2 members of the house of representatives, 1 of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader; 2 members of the senate, 1 of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader; the secretary of housing and economic development, or a designee; the undersecretary of housing and community development, or a designee; the commissioner of developmental services, or a designee; 1 representative of the Massachusetts Housing Partnership; 1 representative of the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, Inc.; 1 representative of the Arc of Massachusetts; 2 parents or guardians of adult disabled children; 2 representatives from local housing authorities who shall be appointed by the secretary of housing and economic development; and 1 representative of the Massachusetts developmental disabilities council. The first meeting of the commission shall take place not later than October 1, 2020.
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