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S. 1333 (115th): Tribal HUD-VASH Act of 2017


The text of the bill below is as of Dec 20, 2017 (Reported by Senate Committee).


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Calendar No. 289

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1333

[Report No. 115–198]

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 12, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Hoeven, Mr. Udall, Mr. Isakson, Ms. Murkowski, Ms. Cantwell, Ms. Heitkamp, and Mr. Franken) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs

December 20, 2017

Reported by , with an amendment

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

A BILL

To provide for rental assistance for homeless or at-risk Indian veterans.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Tribal HUD-VASH Act of 2017.

2.

Rental assistance for homeless or at-risk Indian veterans

Section 8(o)(19) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)(19)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(D)

Indian veterans housing rental assistance program

(i)

Definitions

In this subparagraph:

(I)

Eligible Indian veteran

The term eligible Indian veteran means an Indian veteran who is—

(aa)

homeless or at risk of homelessness; and

(bb)

residing in or near an Indian area.

(II)

Eligible recipient

The term eligible recipient means a recipient eligible to receive a grant under section 101 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 4111).

(III)

Indian

The term Indian has the meaning given the term in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304).

(IV)

Indian area

The term Indian area has the meaning given the term in section 4 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 4103).

(V)

Indian veteran

The term Indian veteran means an Indian who is a veteran.

(VI)

Tribal organization

The term tribal organization has the meaning given the term in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304).

(ii)

Program specifications

The Secretary shall use not less than 5 percent of the amounts made available for rental assistance under this subsection to carry out a rental assistance and supported housing program (in this subparagraph referred to as the Program), in conjunction with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, for the benefit of eligible Indian veterans.

(iii)

Model

(I)

In general

Except as provided in subclause (II), the Secretary shall model the Program on the rental assistance and supported housing program authorized under subparagraph (A) and applicable appropriations Acts, including administration in conjunction with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

(II)

Exceptions

(aa)

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

After consultation with Indian tribes, eligible recipients, and any other appropriate tribal organizations, the Secretary may make necessary and appropriate modifications to facilitate the use of the Program by eligible recipients to serve eligible Indian veterans.

(bb)

Secretary of Veterans Affairs

After consultation with Indian tribes, eligible recipients, and any other appropriate tribal organizations, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs may make necessary and appropriate modifications to facilitate the use of the Program by eligible recipients to serve eligible Indian veterans.

(iv)

Eligible recipients

The Secretary shall make amounts for rental assistance and associated administrative costs under the Program available to eligible recipients.

(v)

Funding criteria

The Secretary shall award rental assistance under the Program based on—

(I)

need;

(II)

administrative capacity; and

(III)

any other funding criteria established by the Secretary in a notice published in the Federal Register after consulting with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

(vi)

Administration

Rental assistance made available under the Program shall be administered in accordance with the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 4101 et seq.), except that grantees shall—

(I)

submit to the Secretary, in a manner prescribed by the Secretary, reports on the utilization of rental assistance provided under the Program; and

(II)

provide to the Secretary information specified by the Secretary to assess the effectiveness of the Program in serving eligible Indian veterans.

(vii)

Consultation

(I)

Grant recipients; tribal organizations

The Secretary, in coordination with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, shall consult with eligible recipients and any other appropriate tribal organization on the design of the Program to ensure the effective delivery of rental assistance and supportive services to eligible Indian veterans under the Program.

(II)

Indian Health Service

The Director of the Indian Health Service shall provide any assistance requested by the Secretary or the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in carrying out the Program.

(viii)

Waiver

(I)

In general

Except as provided in subclause (II), the Secretary may waive or specify alternative requirements for any provision of law (including regulations) that the Secretary administers in connection with the use of rental assistance made available under the Program if the Secretary finds that the waiver or alternative requirement is necessary for the effective delivery and administration of rental assistance under the Program to eligible Indian veterans.

(II)

Exception

The Secretary may not waive or specify alternative requirements under subclause (I) for any provision of law (including regulations) relating to labor standards or the environment.

(ix)

Reporting

Every 5 years, the Secretary, in coordination with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Director of the Indian Health Service, shall—

(I)

conduct a review of the implementation of the Program, including any factors that may have limited its success; and

(II)

submit a report describing the results of the review under subclause (I) to—

(aa)

the Committee on Indian Affairs, the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate; and

(bb)

the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs of the Committee on Natural Resources, the Committee on Financial Services, the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives.

.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Tribal HUD-VASH Act of 2017.

2.

Rental assistance for homeless or at-risk Indian veterans

Section 8(o)(19) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)(19)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(D)

Indian veterans housing rental assistance program

(i)

Definitions

In this subparagraph:

(I)

Eligible Indian veteran

The term eligible Indian veteran means an Indian veteran who is—

(aa)

homeless or at risk of homelessness; and

(bb)

living—

(AA)

on or near a reservation; or

(BB)

in or near any other Indian area.

(II)

Eligible recipient

The term eligible recipient means a recipient eligible to receive a grant under section 101 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 4111).

(III)

Indian; Indian area

The terms Indian and Indian area have the meanings given those terms in section 4 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 4103).

(IV)

Indian veteran

The term Indian veteran means an Indian who is a veteran.

(V)

Program

The term Program means the Tribal HUD-VASH program carried out under clause (ii).

(VI)

Tribal organization

The term tribal organization has the meaning given the term in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304).

(ii)

Program specifications

The Secretary shall use not less than 5 percent of the amounts made available for rental assistance under this paragraph to carry out a rental assistance and supported housing program, to be known as the Tribal HUD-VASH program, in conjunction with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, by awarding grants for the benefit of eligible Indian veterans.

(iii)

Model

(I)

In general

Except as provided in subclause (II), the Secretary shall model the Program on the rental assistance and supported housing program authorized under subparagraph (A) and applicable appropriations Acts, including administration in conjunction with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

(II)

Exceptions

(aa)

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

After consultation with Indian tribes, eligible recipients, and any other appropriate tribal organizations, the Secretary may make necessary and appropriate modifications to facilitate the use of the Program by eligible recipients to serve eligible Indian veterans.

(bb)

Secretary of Veterans Affairs

After consultation with Indian tribes, eligible recipients, and any other appropriate tribal organizations, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs may make necessary and appropriate modifications to facilitate the use of the Program by eligible recipients to serve eligible Indian veterans.

(iv)

Eligible recipients

The Secretary shall make amounts for rental assistance and associated administrative costs under the Program available in the form of grants to eligible recipients.

(v)

Funding criteria

The Secretary shall award grants under the Program based on—

(I)

need;

(II)

administrative capacity; and

(III)

any other funding criteria established by the Secretary in a notice published in the Federal Register after consulting with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

(vi)

Administration

Grants awarded under the Program shall be administered in accordance with the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 4101 et seq.), except that recipients shall—

(I)

submit to the Secretary, in a manner prescribed by the Secretary, reports on the utilization of rental assistance provided under the Program; and

(II)

provide to the Secretary information specified by the Secretary to assess the effectiveness of the Program in serving eligible Indian veterans.

(vii)

Consultation

(I)

Grant recipients; tribal organizations

The Secretary, in coordination with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, shall consult with eligible recipients and any other appropriate tribal organization on the design of the Program to ensure the effective delivery of rental assistance and supportive services to eligible Indian veterans under the Program.

(II)

Indian Health Service

The Director of the Indian Health Service shall provide any assistance requested by the Secretary or the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in carrying out the Program.

(viii)

Waiver

(I)

In general

Except as provided in subclause (II), the Secretary may waive or specify alternative requirements for any provision of law (including regulations) that the Secretary administers in connection with the use of rental assistance made available under the Program if the Secretary finds that the waiver or alternative requirement is necessary for the effective delivery and administration of rental assistance under the Program to eligible Indian veterans.

(II)

Exception

The Secretary may not waive or specify alternative requirements under subclause (I) for any provision of law (including regulations) relating to labor standards or the environment.

(ix)

Renewal grants

The Secretary may—

(I)

set aside, from amounts made available for tenant-based rental assistance under this subsection and without regard to the amounts used for new grants under clause (ii), such amounts as may be necessary to award renewal grants to eligible recipients that received a grant under the Program in a previous year; and

(II)

specify criteria that an eligible recipient must satisfy to receive a renewal grant under subclause (I), including providing data on how the eligible recipient used the amounts of any grant previously received under the Program.

(x)

Reporting

(I)

In general

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the Tribal HUD-VASH Act of 2017, and every 5 years thereafter, the Secretary, in coordination with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Director of the Indian Health Service, shall—

(aa)

conduct a review of the implementation of the Program, including any factors that may have limited its success; and

(bb)

submit a report describing the results of the review under item (aa) to—

(AA)

the Committee on Indian Affairs, the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate; and

(BB)

the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs of the Committee on Natural Resources, the Committee on Financial Services, the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives.

(II)

Analysis of housing stock limitation

The Secretary shall include in the initial report submitted under subclause (I) a description of—

(aa)

any regulations governing the use of formula current assisted stock (as defined in section 1000.314 of title 24, Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor regulation)) within the Program;

(bb)

the number of recipients of grants under the Program that have reported the regulations described in item (aa) as a barrier to implementation of the Program; and

(cc)

proposed alternative legislation or regulations developed by the Secretary in consultation with recipients of grants under the Program to allow the use of formula current assisted stock within the Program.

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December 20, 2017

Reported with an amendment