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H.R. 23 (108th): Tornado Shelters Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 7, 2003 (Introduced).


HR 23 IH

108th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 23

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.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 7, 2003

Mr. BACHUS introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services


A BILL

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.

    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;

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

      ‘(24) the construction or improvement of tornado-safe shelters located in manufactured housing parks, and the provision of assistance (including loans and grants) to nonprofit or for-profit entities (including owners of such parks) for such construction or improvement, except that--

        ‘(A) a shelter assisted with amounts provided pursuant to this paragraph may be located only in a manufactured housing park that--

          ‘(i) has not less than 20 manufactured housing units; and

          ‘(ii) is located in a State within which a tornado has occurred during the fiscal year for which the amounts to be used under this paragraph were made available or any of the 3 preceding fiscal years, as determined by the Secretary after consultation with the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency;

        ‘(B) such a shelter shall comply with standards for construction and safety as the Secretary, after consultation with the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, shall provide to ensure protection from tornadoes;

        ‘(C) such a shelter shall be of a size sufficient to accommodate all occupants of the manufactured housing park at a single time; and

        ‘(D) amounts may not be used for a shelter as provided under this paragraph unless there is located, within 1000 feet of the manufactured housing park in which the shelter is located, a warning siren that is operated in accordance with such local, regional, or national disaster warning programs or systems as the Secretary, after consultation with the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, considers appropriate to ensure adequate notice of occupants of the park of a tornado; and’.