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113th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5640


To amend the AIDS Housing Opportunity Act to modernize the formula and terms for allocations to prevent homelessness for individuals living with HIV or AIDS.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 18, 2014

Mr. Price of North Carolina (for himself, Mr. Aderholt, Mr. Quigley, Mr. Bachus, and Mr. McDermott) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services


A BILL

To amend the AIDS Housing Opportunity Act to modernize the formula and terms for allocations to prevent homelessness for individuals living with HIV or AIDS.

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 “Housing for Persons With AIDS Modernization Act of 2014”.

SEC. 2. Formula and terms for allocations to prevent homelessness for individuals living with HIV or AIDS.

(a) In general.—Subsection (c) of section 854 of the AIDS Housing Opportunity Act (42 U.S.C. 12903(c)) is amended by—

(1) redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (5); and

(2) striking paragraphs (1) and (2) and inserting the following:

“(1) ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES.—

“(A) ALLOCATION FORMULA.—The Secretary shall allocate 90 percent of the amount approved in appropriations Acts under section 863 among States and metropolitan statistical areas as follows:

“(i) 75 percent of such amounts among—

“(I) cities that are the most populous unit of general local government in a metropolitan statistical area with a population greater than 500,000, as determined on the basis of the most recent census, and with more than 2,000 individuals living with HIV or AIDS, using the data specified in subparagraph (B); and

“(II) States with more than 2,000 individuals living with HIV or AIDS outside of metropolitan statistical areas.

“(ii) 25 percent of such amounts among States and metropolitan statistical areas based on the method described in subparagraph (C).

“(B) SOURCE OF DATA.—For purposes of allocating amounts under this paragraph for any fiscal year, the number of individuals living with HIV or AIDS shall be the number of such individuals as confirmed by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of December 31 of the most recent calendar year for which such data is available.

“(C) ALLOCATION UNDER SUBPARAGRAPH (A)(ii).—For purposes of allocating amounts under subparagraph (A)(ii), the Secretary shall develop a method that accounts for—

“(i) differences in housing costs among States and metropolitan statistical areas based on the fair market rental established pursuant to section 8(c) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f(c)) or another methodology established by the Secretary through regulation; and

“(ii) differences in poverty rates among States and metropolitan statistical areas based on area poverty indexes or another methodology established by the Secretary through regulation.

“(2) MAINTAINING GRANTS.—

“(A) CONTINUED ELIGIBILITY OF FISCAL YEAR 2014 GRANTEES.—A grantee that received an allocation in fiscal year 2014 shall continue to be eligible for allocations under paragraph (1) in subsequent fiscal years, subject to—

“(i) the amounts available from appropriations Acts under section 863;

“(ii) approval by the Secretary of the most recent comprehensive housing affordability strategy for the grantee approved under section 105; and

“(iii) the requirements of subparagraph (C).

“(B) ADJUSTMENTS.—Allocations to grantees described in subparagraph (A) shall be adjusted annually based on the administrative provisions included in fiscal year 2014 appropriations Acts.

“(C) REDETERMINATION OF CONTINUED ELIGIBILITY.—The Secretary shall redetermine the continued eligibility of a grantee that received an allocation in fiscal year 2014 at least once during the 10-year period following fiscal year 2014.

“(D) ADJUSTMENT TO GRANTS.—For each of fiscal years 2015, 2016, and 2017, the Secretary shall ensure that a grantee that received an allocation in the prior fiscal year does not receive an allocation that is 10 percent less than or 20 percent greater than the amount allocated to such grantee in the preceding fiscal year.

“(3) ALTERNATIVE GRANTEES.—

“(A) REQUIREMENTS.—The Secretary may award funds reserved for a grantee eligible under paragraph (1) to an alternative grantee if—

“(i) the grantee submits to the Secretary a written agreement between the grantee and the alternative grantee that describes how the alternative grantee will take actions consistent with the applicable comprehensive housing affordability strategy approved under section 105 of this Act;

“(ii) the Secretary approves the written agreement described in clause (i) and agrees to award funds to the alternative grantee; and

“(iii) the written agreement does not exceed a term of 10 years.

“(B) RENEWAL.—An agreement approved pursuant to subparagraph (A) may be renewed by the parties with the approval of the Secretary.

“(C) DEFINITION.—In this paragraph, the term ‘alternative grantee’ means a public housing agency (as defined in section 3(b) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437a(b))), a unified funding agency (as defined in section 401 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11360)), a State, a unit of general local government, or an instrumentality of State or local government.

“(4) REALLOCATIONS.—If a State or metropolitan statistical area declines an allocation under paragraph (1)(A), or the Secretary determines, in accordance with criteria specified in regulation, that a State or metropolitan statistical area that is eligible for an allocation under paragraph (1)(A) is unable to properly administer such allocation, the Secretary shall reallocate any funds reserved for such State or metropolitan statistical area as follows:

“(A) For funds reserved for a State—

“(i) to eligible metropolitan statistical areas within the State on a pro rata basis; or

“(ii) if there is no eligible metropolitan statistical areas within a State, to metropolitan cities and urban counties within the State that are eligible for grant under section 106 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5306), on a pro rata basis.

“(B) For funds reserved for a metropolitan statistical area, to the State in which the metropolitan statistical area is located.

“(C) If the Secretary is unable to make a reallocation under subparagraph (A) or (B), the Secretary shall make such funds available on a pro rata basis under the formula in paragraph (1)(A).”.

(b) Amendment to definitions.—Section 853 of such Act is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1), by inserting “or ‘AIDS’” before “means”; and

(2) by inserting at the end the following new paragraphs:

“(15) The term ‘HIV’ means infection with the human immunodeficiency virus.

“(16) The term ‘individuals living with HIV or AIDS’ means, with respect to the counting of cases in a geographic area during a period of time, the sum of—

“(A) the number of living non-AIDS cases of HIV in the area; and

“(B) the number of living cases of AIDS in the area.”.