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

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 12, 2003 (Reported by House Committee).


HR 23 RH

Union Calendar No. 174

108th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 23

[Report No. 108-151]

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

June 12, 2003

Additional sponsors: Mr. ROGERS of Alabama, Mr. EVERETT, Mr. DAVIS of Alabama, Mr. BLUNT, Mr. WELDON of Florida, and Mr. MORAN of Kansas

June 12, 2003

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

[Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic]


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,

[Struck out->] SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] This Act may be cited as the ‘Tornado Shelters Act’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 2. CDBG ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Section 105(a) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5305(a)) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) in paragraph (22), by striking ‘and’ at the end; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) in paragraph (23), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) by inserting after paragraph (23) the following new paragraph: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(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-- [<-Struck out]

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

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          ‘(i) has not less than 20 manufactured housing units; and [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(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; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(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; [<-Struck out]

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

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        ‘(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’. [<-Struck out]

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; and

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

      ‘(24) the construction or improvement of tornado-safe shelters for residents of manufactured housing, and the provision of assistance (including loans and grants) to nonprofit and for-profit entities (including owners of manufactured housing 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 neighborhood (including a manufactured housing park) that--

          ‘(i) contains not less than 20 manufactured housing units that are within such proximity to the shelter that the shelter is available to the residents of such units in the event of a tornado;

          ‘(ii) consists predominantly of persons of low and moderate income; and

          ‘(iii) is located within a State in 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, at a single time, all occupants of manufactured housing units located within the neighborhood in which the shelter is located; and

        ‘(D) amounts may not be used for a shelter as provided under this paragraph unless there is located, within the neighborhood in which the shelter is located (or, in the case of a shelter located in a manufactured housing park, within 1,500 feet of such park), 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 manufactured housing located in such neighborhood or park of a tornado; and’.

SEC. 3. 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 $5,000,000 for fiscal year 2004.

Union Calendar No. 74

108th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 23

[Report No. 108-151]

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.


June 12, 2003

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed