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H.R. 924: Southern Border Communities Reimbursement Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 8, 2021 (Introduced).


I

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 924

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 8, 2021

(for himself and Mr. McCaul) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services

A BILL

To provide funding for humanitarian relief at the southern border of the United States.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Southern Border Communities Reimbursement Act of 2021.

2.

Funding for humanitarian relief at the border

(a)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated for the emergency food and shelter program under title III of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11331 et seq.), for use only under subsection (b) of this section, $30,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2021, 2022, and 2023.

(b)

Use

(1)

Eligible costs

Amounts made available under subsection (a) may be used only to reimburse costs related to providing humanitarian relief to aliens, including the cost of emergency preparedness activities.

(2)

Disbursement deadline

Notwithstanding sections 315 and 316(b) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11345, 11346(b)), the Emergency Food and Shelter Program National Board shall begin disbursing the amounts made available under subsection (a) of this section not later than 60 days after the date on which the amounts become available.

(3)

Distribution

Of the amounts made available for a fiscal year under subsection (a), the Emergency Food and Shelter Program National Board shall distribute—

(A)

$25,000,000 to jurisdictions or local recipient organizations serving communities in the States of Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas; and

(B)

$5,000,000 to jurisdictions or local recipient organizations serving communities in States not located along the international border between the United States and Mexico.

(4)

Eligible period

Amounts made available under subsection (a) may be used to reimburse jurisdictions or local recipient organizations described in paragraph (3) of this subsection only for costs incurred on or after October 1, 2020.