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H.R. 2065 (113th): Safe Housing for Homeless Veterans Act


The text of the bill below is as of May 21, 2013 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2065

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 21, 2013

(for himself and Mrs. Napolitano) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to require recipients of per diem payments from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the provision of services for homeless veterans to comply with codes relevant to operations and level of care provided, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Safe Housing for Homeless Veterans Act .

2.

Conditions on the award of per diem payments by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the provision of housing or services to homeless veterans

(a)

Condition

(1)

In general

Paragraph (1) of section 2012(c) of title 38, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

(1)

Except as provided in paragraph (2), a per diem payment may not be provided under this section to a grant recipient or eligible entity unless the entity submits to the Secretary an annual certification, approved or verified by the authority having jurisdiction or a qualified third party, that the building where the entity provides such housing or services is in compliance with codes relevant to the operations and level of care provided, including applicable provisions of the most recently published version of the Life Safety Code or International Building Code and International Fire Code (or such versions of such codes that have been adopted as State or local codes by the jurisdiction in which the project is located), licensing requirements, fire and safety requirements, and any other requirements in the jurisdiction in which the project is located regarding the condition of the structure and the operation of the supportive housing or service center.

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(2)

Effective date

The amendment made by paragraph (1) shall apply with respect to an application for a per diem payment under section 2012 of title 38, United States Code, submitted on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(b)

Annual report

Section 2065(b) of title 38, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by redesignating paragraph (6) as paragraph (7); and

(2)

by inserting after paragraph (5) the following new paragraph (6):

(6)

The Secretary’s evaluation of the safety and accessibility of facilities used to provide programs established by grant recipients or eligible entities under section 2011 and 2012 of this title, including the number of such grant recipients or eligible entities who have submitted a certification under section 2012(c)(1).

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(c)

Treatment of current recipients

In the case of the recipient of a per diem payment under section 2012 of title 38, United States Code, that receives such a payment during the year in which this Act is enacted, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall require the recipient to submit the certification required under section 2012(c)(1) of such title, as amended by subsection (a)(1), by not later than two years after the date of the enactment of this Act. If the recipient fails to submit such certification by such date, the Secretary may not make any additional per diem payments to the recipient under such section 2012 until the recipient submits such certification.