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Reported to House amended, Part I (08/12/1992)

Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1992 - Title I: General Provisions - States that the provisions of this Act shall not be construed to provide new budget authority.

Title II: Interagency Council on the Homeless - Amends the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney Act) to extend: (1) authorization of appropriations through FY 1995 for the Interagency Council on the Homeless; and (2) the Council's sunset date to October 1, 1995.

Title III: Federal Emergency Management Food and Shelter Program - Amends the McKinney Act to extend the authorization of appropriations through FY 1995 for the Federal emergency management food and shelter program.

Title IV: Housing Assistance - Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Housing Assistance Amendments Act of 1992 - Amends the McKinney Act to authorize FY 1993 appropriations for the emergency shelter grants program. Requires recipients to use homeless persons and families in constructing, renovating, and operating assisted facilities. Requires the participation of at least one homeless or formerly homeless person on a recipient's board of directors. Authorizes participant assistance to be terminated in accordance with a formal process recognizing individual rights.

Replaces the current supportive housing demonstration program and the supplemental assistance for facilities to assist the homeless program with a new supportive housing program. Authorizes the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (Secretary) to provide project assistance for: (1) acquisition and rehabilitation; (2) new construction; (3) leasing; (4) operating costs; (5) supportive services; and (6) technical assistance.

Sets forth use restriction, assistance repayment, and prevention of undue benefits provisions.

Considers housing to be supportive housing if it is: (1) safe and sanitary and complies with State and local codes; and (2) transitional housing, permanent housing for homeless persons with disabilities, or innovative in meeting homeless persons' housing needs. States that: (1) transitional housing may exceed 24 months' duration; (2) a facility shall not be denied assistance solely because it permits homeless persons extended residence; and (3) a project may provide single-room occupancy units.

Authorizes each project to provide supportive services, including: (1) child care; (2) employment assistance; (3) health and nutrition assistance; (4) permanent housing assistance; (5) security services; and (6) assistance in obtaining other Federal, State, and local services.

Directs the Secretary and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to jointly establish guidelines for outpatient health services.

Requires: (1) ten percent recipient matching funds; (2) program participation by homeless persons; and (3) annual program reports to the Congress.

Sets forth program requirements, including: (1) application procedures; (2) site control requirements; (3) selection criteria; and (4) assistance termination.

Authorizes FY 1993 appropriations for the supportive housing program. Obligates specified appropriation percentages for: (1) homeless families with children; (2) homeless persons with disabilities; and (3) supportive services.

Establishes the safe havens for homeless individuals demonstration program in order to demonstrate the feasibility of providing low-cost housing for the homeless for eligible persons unable to participate in mental health treatment programs or to receive other supportive services.

Authorizes assistance for: (1) construction, rehabilitation, leasing, or acquisition of a structure; (2) operating costs; and (3) administrative costs (up to ten percent). Makes assistance available for up to five years with an additional five-year extension upon the Secretary's approval. Limits program assistance to $400,000 in any five-year period. Requires recipients to match program assistance with an equal amount of nonprogram funds.

Sets forth program requirements, including: (1) application procedures; (2) site control requirements; (3) selection criteria; and (4) assistance termination.

Directs the Secretary to evaluate the program and report to the Congress.

Authorizes FY 1993 appropriations.

Increases budget authority for section 8 single room occupancy dwellings. Provides for program participation and employment of homeless persons. Authorizes the termination of participant assistance in accordance with a formal process recognizing individual rights.

Authorizes FY 1993 appropriations for the shelter plus care program. Obligates specified appropriation percentages for: (1) tenant-based rental assistance; (2) project-based rental assistance; (3) sponsor-based rental assistance; and (4) section 8 rehabilitation assistance for single-room occupancy dwellings.

Eliminates certain fund use restrictions. Provides for program participation and employment of homeless persons.

Consolidates certain program components and establishes a project-based rental assistance component which shall provide assistance through five-year renewable recipient-building owner contracts. Authorizes ten-year contracts under specified circumstances.

Requires a 30-day (currently ten-day) marketing period for Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-acquired single family properties before they may be made available for homeless housing. Permits early disposition of up to ten percent of such properties in an area lacking safe and sanitary affordable housing.

Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to make available for lease or purchase at least ten percent of Farmers Home Administration-acquired single family properties in each fiscal year for housing for the rural homeless. Provides for program participation and employment of homeless persons.

Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a rural homelessness grant program, with priority given to communities not receiving significant McKinney Act assistance. Authorizes grant use for: (1) rent, mortgage, or utility assistance in order to avoid eviction, foreclosure, or utility shutoff; (2) security deposits, initial rent payments, or relocation assistance; (3) short-term emergency lodging; (4) transitional housing; (5) repairs and rehabilitation; and (6) housing and related supportive services. Obligates 50 percent of grant funds for communities of less than 20,000 people, with priority given to communities of less than 10,000 people. Limits awards to communities in any one State to five percent of appropriations. Provides for program participation by homeless persons. Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to submit a program evaluation to the Congress. Provides for 75 percent Federal cost sharing. Authorizes the termination of participant assistance in accordance with a formal process recognizing individual rights. Authorizes FY 1993 appropriations.

Amends the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act to: (1) require that each jurisdiction receiving homeless housing assistance under title IV of the McKinney Act evaluate each of the programs through a survey of the homeless persons being served; and (2) extend the homeless assistance program.

Directs the Secretary to: (1) consult with the chief executive officers of the States and the Secretary of Defense to determine the availability of National Guard facilities as overnight shelters for homeless persons and families; and (2) report to the Congress.