H.R.1237 - Lower Income Housing Fair Rent Act of 1988101st Congress (1989-1990)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Buechner, Jack [R-MO-2] (Introduced 03/02/1989)|
|Committees:||House - Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs|
|Latest Action:||House - 03/15/1989 Referred to the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development. (All Actions)|
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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.