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H.R. 247 (107th): Tornado Shelters Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 22, 2001 (Referred to Senate Committee).

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HR 247 RFS

107th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 247

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 22, 2001

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs


AN ACT

To amend the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 to authorize communities to use community development block grant funds for construction of tornado-safe shelters in manufactured home parks.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Tornado Shelters Act’.

SEC. 2. CDBG ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Section 105(a) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5305(a)) is amended--

      (1) in paragraph (22), by striking ‘and’ at the end;

      (2) in paragraph (23), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and

      (3) by inserting after paragraph (23) the following new paragraph:

      ‘(24) the construction or improvement of tornado- or storm-safe shelters for manufactured housing parks and residents of other manufactured housing, the acquisition of real property for sites for such shelters, and the provision of assistance (including loans and grants) to nonprofit or for-profit entities (including owners of such parks) for such construction, improvement, or acquisition, except that a shelter assisted with amounts made available pursuant to this paragraph shall be located in a neighborhood consisting predominantly of persons of low and moderate income, except that a shelter assisted with amounts made available pursuant to this paragraph may not be made available exclusively for use of the residents of a particular manufactured housing park or of other manufactured housing, but shall generally serve the residents of the area in which it is located; and’.

    (b) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- In addition to any amounts otherwise made available for grants under title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.), there is authorized to be appropriated for assistance only for activities pursuant to section 105(a)(24) of such Act $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2002.

SEC. 3. USE OF AMERICAN PRODUCTS.

    (a) PURCHASE OF AMERICAN-MADE EQUIPMENT AND PRODUCTS- It is the sense of the Congress that, to the greatest extent practicable, all equipment and products purchased with funds made available for the activities authorized under the amendment made by this Act should be American-made.

    (b) NOTICE REQUIREMENT- In providing financial assistance to, or entering into any contract with, any entity using funds made available for the activities authorized under the amendment made by this Act, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, to the greatest extent practicable, shall provide to such entity a notice describing the statement made in subsection (a) by the Congress.

Passed the House of Representatives March 22, 2001.

Attest:

JEFF TRANDAHL,

Clerk.