H.R. 1668: Safely Sheltering Disaster Victims Act of 2013

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Apr 23, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1668

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 23, 2013

(for herself, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Serrano, and Mr. Jeffries) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Appropriations and the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To increase the number of tenant-based rental assistance vouchers made available for low-income families displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Safely Sheltering Disaster Victims Act of 2013 .

2.

Transfer of amounts to provide tenant-based rental assistance for low-income families displaced by Hurricane Sandy

(a)

Transfer

Of the amounts made available for Department of Housing and Urban Development—Community Planning and Development—Community Development Fund in title VIII of the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (division A of Public Law 113–2 ; 127 Stat. 15), $50,000,000, to remain available until expended, is hereby transferred to Department of Housing and Urban Development—Public and Indian Housing—Tenant-Based Rental Assistance for an additional amount for the activities and assistance provided in this section.

(b)

Use for disaster assistance

The amounts transferred by subsection (a) shall be used only for activities and assistance for the provision of tenant-based rental assistance, including related administrative expenses, authorized under the United States Housing Act of 1937 ( 42 U.S.C. 1437 et seq. ) to areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy, subject to the following requirements:

(1)

Expedited availability

The amounts transferred by subsection (a) shall be made available for such tenant-based rental assistance not later than the expiration of the 60-day period that begins on the date of the enactment of this Act.

(2)

Waiver of PHA project-based limitation

In carrying out the activities authorized under this heading, the Secretary shall waive section 8(o)(13)(B) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 ( 42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)(13)(B) ).

(3)

Local admissions preference

Amounts transferred by subsection (a) may be provided only to public housing agencies that agree to provide a preference, pursuant to section 8(o)(6)(A) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)(6)(A)), for making tenant-based assistance under such section 8(o) available to eligible families displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

(4)

Eligible families

Amounts transferred by subsection (a) may be used only for tenant-based rental assistance for families that are otherwise eligible for such assistance under the terms of the program for such assistance under section 8(o) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)).

(5)

Continuation of assistance

An eligible family that is provided tenant-based rental assistance with amounts transferred by subsection (a) may continue to receive such assistance after the transferred amounts are no longer available for such assistance, subject to the eligibility of such family and the availability of amounts for such assistance made available in appropriation Acts.

(c)

Emergency designation

Amounts transferred under subsection (a) shall retain their designation as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.