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H.R. 6361 (112th): Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act of 2012

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 10, 2012 (Introduced).



2d Session

H. R. 6361


September 10, 2012

(for himself, Mr. Gary G. Miller of California, Mr. Renacci, Mrs. Biggert, and Mr. Johnson of Ohio) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services


To exclude from consideration as income under the United States Housing Act of 1937 payments of pension made under section 1521 of title 38, United States Code, to veterans who are in need of regular aid and attendance, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act of 2012.


Exclusion from income

Paragraph (4) of section 3(b) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437a(b)(4)) is amended—


by striking and any amounts and inserting , any amounts;


by striking or any deferred and inserting , any deferred; and


by inserting after prospective monthly amounts the following: , and any expenses related to aid and attendance as detailed under section 1521 of title 38, United States Code.


Utility allowances and data

Section 8(o) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)) is amended—


in paragraph (2), by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:


Utility allowance


In general

In determining the monthly assistance payment for a family under subparagraphs (A) and (B), the amount allowed for tenant-paid utilities shall not exceed the appropriate utility allowance for the family unit size as determined by the public housing agency regardless of the size of the dwelling unit leased by the family.


Exception for families including persons with disabilities

Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), upon request by a family that includes a person with disabilities, the public housing agency shall approve a utility allowance that is higher than the applicable amount on the utility allowance schedule if a higher utility allowance is needed as a reasonable accommodation to make the program accessible to and usable by the family member with a disability.

; and


by adding at the end the following new paragraph:


Utility data



The Secretary shall, to the extent that data can be collected cost effectively, regularly publish such data regarding utility consumption and costs in local areas as the Secretary determines will be useful for the establishment of allowances for tenant-paid utilities for families assisted under this subsection.


Use of data

The Secretary shall provide such data in a manner that—


avoids unnecessary administrative burdens for public housing agencies and owners; and


protects families in various unit sizes and building types, and using various utilities, from high rent and utility cost burdens relative to income.