Text: H.R.1237 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

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HR 1237 IH
101st CONGRESS
1st Session
 H. R. 1237
To provide rent relief for families residing in lower income housing.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 2, 1989
Mr. BUECHNER introduced the following bill; which was referred to the
Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs
A BILL
To provide rent relief for families residing in lower income housing.
  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
  States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
  This Act may be cited as the `Lower Income Housing Fair Rent Act of 1988'.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.
  (a) FINDINGS- The Congress finds that--
  (1) the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development has been assigned the
  responsibility, under the United States Housing Act of 1937, of providing
  lower income families with decent, safe, and sanitary housing;
  (2) the United States Housing Act of 1937 provides that the monthly rent
  payment of each family assisted under the Act shall be the highest of the
  following amounts:
  (A) 30 percent of the family's monthly adjusted income;
  (B) 10 percent of the family's monthly income; or
  (C) if the family is receiving payment for welfare assistance from a public
  agency and part of such payments, adjusted in accordance with the family's
  actual housing costs, is specifically designated by such agency to meet the
  family's housing costs, the portion of such payments which is so designated;
  (3) the inclusion of the entire income of a family in rental computations
  has erected artificial disincentives for economic advancement by assisted
  families;
  (4) the inclusion of the entire income of a family in rental computations
  has, in effect, established a regressive 30 percent tax on assisted
  families; and
  (5) the inclusion of the wages of all working family members in the rental
  computations--
  (A) regressively penalizes lower income families for marginal economic
  advancement; and
  (B) jeopardizes the desirable integration of lower income families and
  economically advancing families in lower income housing.
  (b) PURPOSE- The purpose of this Act is to provide that the residents of
  lower income housing assisted under the United States Housing Act of 1937
  are not penalized for marginally improving their standard of living.
SEC. 3. RELIEF FROM EXCESSIVE RENT CHARGES.
  Section 3(b)(4) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 is amended by
  adding at the end the following new sentence: `For purposes of calculating
  rent under section 3(a) and assistance payments under section 8(o)(2),
  the term excludes income earned by all family members other than the 2
  family members with the highest incomes.'.
SEC. 4. REGULATIONS.
  Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the
  Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall issue any regulations
  necessary to carry out the provisions of and amendments made by this Act.