Simmons Bill to Ensure State Assistance for Thousands of Homeless Children Awaits Governor’s Signature
The bill was signed into law on Oct. 14 as Act 143 of 2014..

– Legislation sponsored by Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Northampton) that would give thousands of homeless children in Pennsylvania a chance for a healthy and productive life was unanimously approved by the Senate on Tuesday. House Bill 2204 now goes to the governor to be signed into law.

“I want to thank the Senate for its support of this important piece of legislation and recognizing the need to pass it before the current session comes to an end next month,” said Simmons. “These at-risk children could not afford to wait another day to receive our assistance.”

Each year in the Commonwealth, an estimated 6,000 infants and toddlers are considered to be homeless. Some live in shelters, others are in temporary housing, or they move from place to place with a single mother. Simmons’ legislation would qualify homeless youngsters under age 3 for tracking that allows them to receive critical early intervention services from the Commonwealth.

“These babies are born into a situation that places them at a dangerous disadvantage from the start,” Simmons said. “They did not choose to be homeless. This new law will remove barriers to help the families of these children get the help they need to ensure a brighter future. It is simply the right thing to do.”
The new law would take effect immediately.

Simmons also thanked the Campaign for What Works, the lead advocacy organization on behalf of his legislation, for its efforts.

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Representative Justin Simmons
131st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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