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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Tripp
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/23/06
HB 79
SHORT TITLE Socorro County Homeless Program
SB
ANALYST Weber
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$50.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Relates to SB117; HB24; HB239
Duplicates/Relates to Appropriation in the General Appropriation Act:
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Human Services Department (HSD)
No Response from New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Bill 79 appropriates $50.0 thousand from the general fund to the Human Services
Department for a homeless program in Socorro County.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $50 thousand contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general
fund. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of FY07 shall revert to the
general fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
HSD reports HB 79 is specific to homeless in Socorro County. There is one facility in Socorro
called Puerto Seguro that utilizes a city-owned building and all volunteer staff, except the
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director, to serve the homeless population. The New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority
traditionally disburses any funds provided by the State Legislature to agencies statewide that
provide shelter, meals and other services to homeless persons statewide. Mortgage Finance
Authority does not have a shelter in Socorro that is funded from the appropriation. There is no
other homeless service in Socorro County.
POSSIBLE QUESTIONS
Since homeless persons are a recurring issue throughout New Mexico why should this
appropriation be only for Socorro County.
Should the bill better define homeless program.
MW/yr