H.R.3700 Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2015

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H.R.3700 Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2015

Brief

The committee report explains;

“H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2015, reforms certain Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Rural Housing Service programs in order to improve their effectiveness and provide enhanced opportunity for program beneficiaries and the organizations that serve such individuals.

“H.R. 3700 enhances the implementation of HUD’s existing Section 8 voucher assistance and Public Housing programs, and also achieves savings by modernizing outdated rules and regulations which in some cases have not been updated in over a generation. Thus, H.R. 3700 streamlines the inspection protocol for rental assistance units, simplifies income review and recertification policies for all assisted households, modifies Federal Housing Administration (FHA) requirements for mortgage insurance for condominiums, clarifies homeless assistance program requirements, delegates rural housing loan approval authority, and provides limited flexibility between public housing operating and capital funds.

“H.R. 3700 gives state and local housing agencies, and private owners, enhanced flexibility in meeting key program objectives such as reducing homelessness, improving access to higher-opportunity neighborhoods, and addressing repair needs in public housing.

“In addition, H.R. 3700 reduces the lengthy process for the certification and recertification of condominium buildings, which can cost thousands of dollars for small condominium boards, modifies the process for approving condominium buildings with commercial space, aligns FHA’s transfer fee policy to that of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and changes the current standard owner-occupancy requirement from 50% to 35%.

Specifically, ‘Families participating in HUD’s rental assistance programs have their incomes certified when they enter the program and at least annually thereafter in most cases. Current law allows various adjustments to income (called allowances) prior to calculating a family’s rent payment.’

‘This bill would change how allowances are used to lower income to determine housing assistance; on net, CBO estimates that implementing these provisions would reduce outlays by $483 million over the 2017-2021 period, assuming appropriation actions consistent with the bill.’

‘Elderly and disabled families can currently deduct the amount of unreimbursed medical expenses that exceed 3 percent of the family’s income… The bill would decrease the amount of medical expenses that can be deducted to the amount that exceeds 10 percent of the family’s income.’

‘Section 102 would only allow families to deduct child care expenses that exceed 5 percent of their annual family income.’

‘Section 102 would increase the amount that can be deducted by elderly and disabled households from $400 to $525, and would inflate that amount each year… The bill also would increase the amount that can be deducted for dependents from $480 to $525’

‘Section 104 would make households with more than $100,000 in assets ineligible for assistance, but would leave the enforcement of this provision up to the discretion of the PHAs and property owners.’

‘Section 103 would require PHAs to terminate assistance for households in public housing whose income exceeds 120 percent of the median for two consecutive years…. CBO estimates that approximately 2,100 households that reside in public housing would lose their subsidy.’

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(Full text of H.R. 3700 at congress.gov)

Sponsor:  Rep Luetkemeyer, Blaine [MO-3] (introduced 10/7/2015)      Cosponsors (11)

Status: Passed House /

VOTES and FLOOR ACTION

HOUSE

On Passage: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 427 – 0 (Roll no. 52).

House Amendments:

An amendment, offered by Mr. Buchanan, numbered 1 printed in House Report 114-411 to promote efficient and accurate administration of income reviews and the collection of asset information when determining eligibility for rental assistance, consistent with other means-tested programs. On agreeing to the Buchanan amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

An amendment, offered by Ms. Waters, Maxine, numbered 2 printed in House Report 114-411 to remove harmful language that would limit the amount that families receiving certain federal housing assistance can deduct from their income for childcare expenses. On agreeing to the Waters, Maxine amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

An amendment, offered by Ms. Sewell (AL), numbered 3 printed in House Report 114-411 to require the Secretary of HUD to conduct a study to determine the impacts of the decreased deductions on rents paid by elderly and disabled individuals and families assisted under the Section 8 rental assistance and housing programs. On agreeing to the Sewell (AL) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

An amendment, offered by Mr. Hinojosa, No. 5 printed in House Report 114-411 to allow the USDA to assess a nominal fee (maximum of $50) per loan under the Section 502 single family guaranteed home loan program in order to fund needed technological improvements and investments into the guaranteed underwriting system. On agreeing to the Hinojosa amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

An amendment, offered by Ms. Meng, No. 6 printed in House Report 114-411 to require HUD to publish model guidelines for minimum heating requirements for units operated by public housing agencies receiving federal assistance. On agreeing to the Meng amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

An amendment, offered by Mr. Palazzo, No. 7 printed in House Report 114-411 to make permanent the exception to public housing agency resident board member requirement. On agreeing to the Palazzo amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 236 – 178 (Roll no. 50).

An amendment, offered by Mr. Welch, No. 8 printed in House Report 114-411 to allow the property taxes paid on mobile homes, insurance payments, utilities and financing to be included as components of the housing costs eligible for Section 8 payments. On agreeing to the Welch amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

An amendment, offered by Mr. Peters, No. 9 printed in House Report 114-411 to insert a provision for collaborating with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development on how to better coordinate and improve veterans housing services. On agreeing to the Peters amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

An amendment, offered by Mr. Peters, No. 10 printed in House Report 114-411 to Directs the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to reopen the period for public comment for the “Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing: Continuum of Care Program” to allow stakeholders the opportunity to provide input on how HUD’s resources can be most equitably used to end homelessness in our country. On agreeing to the Peters amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

An amendment, offered by Mr. Ellison, No. 11 printed in House Report 114-411 to provide affirmative permission for housing providers who administer U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds to report on-time rental payment data for their tenants to credit reporting agencies without requiring and managing individual written consent agreements; and to direct HUD to retain tenant privacy so the furnished information would not specifically note that tenants receive HUD assistance. On agreeing to the Ellison amendment; Failed by voice vote

An amendment, offered by Mr. Green, Al, No. 12 printed in House Report 114-411 to reauthorize the FHA pilot program to establish an automated process for providing additional credit rating information to help determine creditworthiness for families with insufficient credit histories. On agreeing to the Green, Al amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 181 – 239 (Roll no. 51).

An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, No. 13 printed in House Report 114-411 to direct the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to work with the Secretary of Labor to produce an annual report on interagency strategies to strengthen family economic empowerment by linking housing with essential supportive services such as employment counseling and training, financial growth, childcare, transportation, meals, youth recreational activities and other supportive services. As modified, the amendment also prioritizes U.S. citizens and nationals over migrants from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia when receiving federal housing assistance in Guam. Jackson Lee amendment; modified by unanimous consent. – On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; as modified Agreed to by voice vote.

An amendment, offered by Mr. Price (NC), No. 14 printed in House Report 114-411 to update and modernize HUD’s funding formula for the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program so that funding is distributed to jurisdictions based on living cases of HIV/AIDS. On agreeing to the Price (NC) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

 

 

 

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COST AND IMPACT

Cost to the taxpayersCBO estimates that implementing this legislation would reduce spending subject to appropriation by $311 million over the 2017-2021 period, assuming appropriations are consistent with the estimate.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Enacting H.R. 3700 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 3700 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA).

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 3700 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2026.

Earmark Certification:     H.R. 3700 does not contain any congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined in clause 9 of rule XXI.

Duplication of programs: Pursuant to section 3(g) of H. Res. 5, 114th Cong. (2015), the Committee states that no provision of H.R. 3700 establishes or reauthorizes a program of the Federal Government known to be duplicative of another Federal program

Direct Rule-Making:    Pursuant to section 3(i) of H. Res. 5, 114th Cong. (2015), the Committee states that H.R. 3700 contains four directed rulemakings.

Advisory Committee Statement:   No advisory committees within the meaning of section 5(b) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act were created by this legislation.

Budget Authority:

Constitutional Authority:   By Mr. LUETKEMEYER:

H.R. 3700.

Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant

to the following:

The constitutional authority on which this bill rests is

the explicit power of Congress to regulate commerce in and

among the states, as enumerate in Article 1, Section 8,

Clause 3, the Commerce Clause, of the United States

Constitution.

Additionally, Article 1, Section 7, Clause 2 of the

Constitution allows for every bill passed by the House of

Representatives and the Senate and signed by the President to

be codified into law; and therefore implicitly allows

Congress to repeal any bill that has been passed by both

chambers and signed into law by the President.

 

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SECTION-BY-SECTION ANALYSIS OF THE LEGISLATION

TITLE I–SECTION 8 RENTAL ASSISTANCE AND PUBLIC HOUSING

Section 101. Inspection of dwelling units

The section requires that a public housing authority (PHA) must conduct an initial inspection prior to any Section 8 voucher housing assistance payment being made to a tenant. If the unit has been inspected within the previous 24 months through an alternative inspection method under a Federal, State, or local housing program (including the HOME and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit programs), the tenant may occupy the unit for an interim period until the PHA determines, through an inspection, that the unit meets the housing quality standards. In the event that the unit does not meet the housing quality standards as a result of non-life-threatening conditions, the tenant may occupy the unit and the unit’s owner has 30 days to correct the deficiency.

A PHA can determine that a dwelling unit is in non-compliance if (1) it fails inspection, (2) the PHA notifies the unit’s owner of its failure to comply, and (3) the failure to comply is not corrected within 24 hours for a life-threatening condition and within 30 days for a non-life-threatening condition. Further, a PHA may withhold assistance payments during the correction period for life-threatening and non-life-threatening conditions and shall abate all assistance amounts if the owner does not correct the deficiency during the appropriate correction period. The PHA shall recommence housing assistance payments to the owner once the deficiency is corrected.

If a PHA abates assistance payments to the owner of the unit for failure to comply with the housing quality standards, the PHA must (1) notify the tenant that such abatement has commenced and that the tenant will have to move if the dwelling unit is not brought into compliance within 60 days and (2) allow the tenant to move to another unit and transfer the rental assistance to that unit. The owner of the unit may not terminate the tenant’s lease if the PHA withholds or abates rental assistance payments. If the PHA abates assistance, the tenant may terminate the lease by notifying the owner.

A PHA shall terminate the housing assistance payments contract for the unit if during the abatement period the owner does not correct the deficiency within 60 days after the determination of non-compliance. Once a contract is terminated, the PHA shall provide the affected tenant at least 90 days to lease a new unit. If the family is unable to lease a new unit, the PHA shall provide the tenant a preference for occupancy in a unit that is owned or operated by the PHA. In addition, the PHA may provide additional assistance to the tenants in finding a new residence, including payments of security deposits for the new unit and moving expenses. If the PHA determines that any damage to the unit that results in the unit’s failure to comply with housing quality standards is due to tenant-caused damages, the PHA does not have to provide relocation assistance to the tenant or exonerate the tenant from liability for such damages.

 

These provisions would take effect once HUD issues a notice or regulations regarding implementation.

 

Section 102. Income reviews

This section provides that income reviews for assisted families in dwelling units assisted under the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 shall be made upon the initial provision of housing assistance for the family and annually thereafter, unless the family’s adjusted annual income or deductions decrease by 10 percent.

In determining family income for initial occupancy, the PHA or owner shall use the income of the family as estimated by the agency or owner for the upcoming year. In determining family income for annual reviews, a PHA or owner shall use the prior year’s income but take into consideration any redetermination of income during the prior year. In addition, HUD shall, in consultation with other appropriate agencies, develop procedures to enable PHAs and owners to have access to income determinations for families made by other means-tested Federal programs that have comparable reliability. Also, no later than six months after the bill is enacted, the Secretary shall certify for Congress that the hardship provisions currently in statute for minimum rents are enforced and will continue to provide due consideration to the hardship circumstances of persons receiving housing assistance.

In addition, this section defines `income’ with respect to assisted families as income received from all sources by each member of the household who is 18 years or older, plus unearned income by each dependent who is less than 18 years old. Such term for income includes recurring gifts and receipts, actual income from assets, and profit or loss from a business. Excluded amounts for the definition of income are: (1) any imputed return on assets below $50,000; (2) any amounts that would be eligible for exclusion under section 1613(a)(7) of the Social Security Act; (3) deferred disability benefits of the Department of Veterans Affairs; (4) expenses related to aid and attendance to veterans who are in need of regular aid and attendance; and (5) any exclusions from income as established by HUD. The income definition does not include earned income of any dependent who is attending school or any scholarship amounts related to school attendance. Income shall be determined without regard to any amounts in or from any Coverdell education savings accounts or any qualified tuition program under section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. The HUD Secretary may not require a public housing agency or owner to maintain records of any amounts excluded from income.

This section provides the following deductions for the purposes of defining an assisted family’s `adjusted income:’ (1) $525 for a family that is elderly or disabled; (2) $525 for each dependent; (3) any amount that exceeds 5 percent of annual family income that is used to pay for unreimbursed child care expenses; and (4) any amount by which 10 percent of annual family income is exceeded by the sum of unreimbursed health and medical care expenses, unreimbursed attendant care, and auxiliary apparatus expenses. The Secretary of HUD may provide hardship exemptions for impacted families by regulation (such regulations shall include a requirement to notify tenants regarding any changes to the determination of adjusted income) and shall establish procedures to ensure that additional deductions as determined by the PHA does not materially increase Federal expenditures. This section gives the PHA the ability to establish a voucher payment standard of not more than 120 percent of the fair market rent for a person with a disability.

The section also provides conforming amendments for enhanced vouchers and project-based housing. In addition, if the Secretary of HUD determines that the income reviews under this section results in a material and disproportionate reduction in the rental income of certain PHAs, the Secretary may make appropriate adjustments in the formula income for such a reduction. This section requires that HUD submit a report to Congress on the changes made by this provision.

 

Section 103. Limitation on public housing tenancy for over-income families

Under this provision, for any tenant determined to have income in excess of 120 percent of the area median income for two consecutive years, a PHA would be required either to (1) charge the tenant either the greater of the fair market rent or the amount of taxpayer subsidy for the unit, or (2) terminate the tenancy of such tenant not later than 6 months after the tenant has exceeded the income limit for two years, as determined by the PHA. The provision gives the Secretary of HUD the ability to establish income limitations higher or lower than 120 percent of median income for those areas where there are unique local conditions, e.g. high cost or very-low-income rental market areas.

 

Section 104. Limitation on eligibility for assistance based on assets

This section specifies that any dwelling unit assisted under the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 may not be rented and assistance may not be provided to any family whose net family assets exceed $100,000, as adjusted for inflation, or a family who has a present ownership interest in real property that is suitable for occupancy by the family as a residence. Victims of domestic violence, individuals using housing assistance for homeownership opportunities, or a family that is offering such property for sale are exempt from the limitations in this section.

Net family assets is defined as the net cash value of all assets after deducting reasonable costs that would be incurred in disposing of real property, savings, stocks, bonds, and other forms of capital investment. The term `net family assets’ does not include: (1) the value of personal property; (2) the value of any retirement account; (3) real property for which the family does not have the effective legal authority to sell; (4) any amounts recovered in any civil action or settlement based on a claim of malpractice, negligence that resulted in a family member being disabled; and (5) other exclusions the HUD Secretary may establish.

In the cases in which a trust fund has been established and the trust is not revocable by any member of the family, the value of the trust fund shall not be considered an asset of the family if the fund continues to be held in trust. When recertifying family income with respect to families residing in public housing units, the PHA may chose not to enforce the asset limitation in this provision.

 

Section 105. Units owned by public housing agencies

This provision defines the types of units owned by a PHA to be any dwelling unit that is located in a project that is owned by the PHA, by an entity wholly controlled by the PHA, or by a limited liability company or limited partnership where the PHA holds a controlling interest. Units will not be considered owned by a PHA if the agency only holds an interest in the ground lease, holds a security interest under a mortgage or deed of trust on the unit or holds a non-controlling interest in an entity that owns the unit.

 

Section 106. PHA project-based assistance

This section authorizes a PHA to attach vouchers to an apartment, rather than a tenant, a.k.a. project base voucher (PBV), up to a limit of 20 percent of its authorized voucher allocation. It also enables a PHA to provide up to an additional 10 percent of its authorized vouchers to create units targeting homeless individuals and families, veterans, elderly households or households with persons with disabilities, or units in areas where vouchers are difficult to use due to market conditions. Any units previously subject to federally required rent restrictions or receiving another type of long-term housing subsidy provided by the HUD Secretary shall not count toward the 20 percent limitation.

The section also allows a PHA to provide PBV assistance to properties where the assistance does not exceed 25 percent of the units in a property or 25 units, whichever is greater. These limits would not apply to units that are exclusively made available to elderly families or to households eligible for supportive services. Further, in areas where vouchers are difficult to use, or in census tracts with a poverty rate of 20 percent or lower, PHAs may provide PBV assistance to up to 40 percent of units in a property. The limitations on the share of units in a property that may have project-based assistance would only apply to newly assisted properties. Units of PBV assistance that are attached to units previously subject to federally required rent restrictions or receiving other project-based assistance would be exempted from this cap.

In addition, this section extends the permissible term of PBV contracts from 15 to 20 years, and in the event of insufficient funding would require PHAs to prioritize payments for units subject to a PBV contract if other cost-saving measures are available. The PHA and the owner may add eligible units within the same project to a housing assistance payments contract at any time during the term. In addition, the provision further states that an agency may enter into a housing assistance payments contract with an owner for housing under construction or recently constructed. This section extends tenant-based assistance for households to continue to reside in the property or to choose to move in the event the PBV contract is not extended or is terminated.

This section allows PHAs and owners to agree to limit the amount of a requested rent increase to the operating cost adjustment factor (OCAF) permitted for most properties with HUD section 8 contracts. It also allows owners to request an additional adjustment periodically subject to rent reasonableness.

In addition, the section allows residents to place their names on site-specific waiting lists managed by owners, in addition to the waiting list established by the PHA. It allows a PHA to provide PBV assistance to improve, develop, or replace a public housing property or property that it controls or has an ownership interest in without having to use a competitive process, so long as it notifies residents and the public through its annual plan.

This section clarifies that PHAs may use project-base HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) and Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers under the same policies and procedures applicable to general purpose vouchers. This change will facilitate the use of these vouchers–which provide stable affordable homes for homeless veterans and families involved with the child welfare system–for supportive housing and in areas where there is a shortage of suitable rental units.

 

Section 107. Establishment of fair market rent

This provision modifies the public notice requirements for proposed Fair Market Rents (FMRs) by moving the notifications to the HUD-designated website with notice of the availability of the data published in the Federal Register and eliminating publication in the Federal Register. HUD would continue to be required to publish in the Federal Register any proposed substantial methodological changes in advance and allow interested parties to request changes after final FMRs are published. Housing agencies are permitted to request exception payment standards subject to HUD established criteria. This provision also provides that a PHA would not be required to reduce any payment standard for a unit based on the fair market rent determination if the family occupying the unit before the FMR analysis continues to reside in the unit.

 

Section 108. Collection of utility data

This provision requires HUD to collect and publish utility consumption data to assist in establishment of tenant-paid utility allowances by PHAs, provided the data can be collected in a cost effective manner. HUD must also establish guidelines for use of the data in a manner that avoids unnecessary administrative burdens for PHAs.

 

Section 109. Public housing Capital and Operating Funds

This provision permits PHAs to establish a replacement reserve for capital fund activities. At the discretion of the Secretary of HUD, a PHA may hold in the replacement reserve funds originating from additional sources. Further, a PHA may hold, in its replacement reserve, only the amounts necessary to satisfy the anticipated capital needs of properties in its public housing portfolio. By regulation, the Secretary of HUD may establish a maximum reserve level that takes into consideration the size of the PHA’s public housing portfolio. In establishing the replacement reserve, the Secretary of HUD may allow the PHA to transfer more than 20 percent of its operating funds into its replacement reserve. This provision also gives PHAs the discretion to use up to 20 percent of their operating funds for eligible capital fund activities, provided that the use is outlined in the PHA’s annual plan.

 

Section 110. Family Unification Program

This provision extends the period for which a young adult, recently aging out of foster care, can use a family unification housing voucher from 18 to 36 months and increases the maximum age for an individual using a Family Unification Program (FUP) voucher to 24 years of age. This provision also states that the HUD Secretary shall, beginning 180 days after enactment, issue guidance to improve coordination between PHAs and public child welfare agencies in carrying out FUP. It requires that HUD shall provide guidance on: (1) identifying eligible recipients for assistance; (2) coordinating with other local youth and family homeless assistance providers; (3) implementing housing strategies to assist eligible families and youth; (4) aligning system goals to improve outcomes for families and youth; and (5) identifying resources that are available to eligible families and youth to provide supportive services.

 

TITLE II–RURAL HOUSING

 

Section 201. Delegation of guaranteed rural housing loan approval

This provision amends Section 502(h) of the Housing Act of 1949 to authorize the Rural Housing Service single family housing guaranteed loan program (GLP) to delegate loan approval authority to preferred lenders, in accordance with standards established by the Secretary of Agriculture.

 

TITLE III–FHA MORTGAGE INSURANCE FOR CONDOMINIUMS

 

Section 301. Modification of FHA requirements for mortgage insurance for condominiums

This section requires the Secretary of HUD to streamline the FHA’s condominium project certification requirements so that re-certification is substantially less burdensome than original certifications. More specifically, the Secretary must consider lengthening the time between certification and re-certifications. Also, this provision allows decisions on exemptions to current FHA commercial space requirements to be made at a HUD field office, and requires that any such exemption take into account factors relating to the local economy and specific condominium project. No later than 90 days after the date of enactment, the Secretary of HUD shall issue regulations to implement the commercial space exemption requirements.

In addition, this section states that existing standards of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) relating to encumbrances under private transfer fee covenants for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shall apply to FHA insured condominium mortgages. If the FHFA changes its existing standards for those private transfer fee covenants after the date of enactment of this provision, the Secretary of HUD shall adopt FHFA’s changes.

This section also requires that the Secretary of HUD shall, by rule, notice, or mortgagee letter, issue guidance regarding the percentage of units that must be occupied by the owners in order for a condominium project to be acceptable to HUD for insurance of a mortgage within such condominium property. If the Secretary of HUD fails to issue guidance before the expiration of the 90 day period, the following provisions shall apply: (1) at least 35 percent of all family units must be occupied by the owners who intend to meet such occupancy requirement, and (2) the Secretary of HUD may increase the 35 percent requirement to a condominium project on a project-by-project or regional basis, provided that in determining such percentage for a project shall consider factors relating to the economy for the locality in which such project is located.

 

TITLE IV–HOUSING REFORMS FOR THE HOMELESS AND FOR VETERANS

Section 401. Definition of geographic area for Continuum of Care Program

This provision requires the Secretary of HUD to define the term `geographic area’ for purposes of the Continuum of Care program.

 

Section 402. Inclusion of public housing agencies and local redevelopment authorities in emergency solutions grants

This provision expands the scope of the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESGs) distribution to PHAs and Local Redevelopment Authorities (LRAs) so that any state receiving ESG funds can distribute all or a portion of such assistance to private nonprofits, PHAs or LRAs if the local government for the locality in which the project is located approves the project.

 

Section 403. Special assistant for Veterans Affairs in the Department of Housing and Urban Development

This provision requires HUD to transfer the position of Special Assistant for Veterans Affairs from the HUD Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs to the Office of the Secretary. There, the Special Assistant would be responsible for ensuring that veterans have fair access to HUD housing and homeless assistance programs, coordinate all HUD programs and activities relating to veterans, and serve as a HUD liaison with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

Section 404. Annual supplemental report on Veterans homelessness

This provision requires the Secretaries of HUD and Veterans Affairs, in coordination with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, to submit annual reports to particular congressional committees regarding: the number of veterans provided assistance by HUD programs, coordination of services for veterans, and cost of administering programs to veterans.

 

TITLE V–MISCELLANEOUS

 

Section 501. Inclusion of Disaster Housing Assistance Program in certain fraud and abuse prevention measures

This provision requires that all recipients of HUD Disaster Assistance funds meet McKinney-Vento income verification and matching requirements.

 

Section 502. Energy efficiency requirement under Self-Help Ownership Opportunity program

This provision prohibits the Secretary of HUD from requiring that any dwelling in the Self-Help Ownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) be required to meet any energy efficiency standards other than those contained in the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act.

 

Section 503. Data exchange standardization for improved interoperability

This provision streamlines data exchange standards to improve interoperability between state and federal agencies by requiring the Secretary of HUD to, through consultation, create data exchange standards such that agencies, such as HUD and RHS, are using the same data sets when administering and determining eligibility for its respective means-tested housing programs. The Secretary of HUD must issue a proposed rule within two years after enactment to identify federally-required data exchanges, specify the timing of exchanges to be standardized, address factors used in determining whether and when to standardize data exchanges, specify state implementation options, and outline future milestones.

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