Text: H.R.3389 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (07/25/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3389


To give priority in allocation of rental assistance vouchers under the Veterans Affairs Supported Housing program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development to areas having the largest populations of homeless veterans, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 25, 2017

Ms. Barragán introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services


A BILL

To give priority in allocation of rental assistance vouchers under the Veterans Affairs Supported Housing program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development to areas having the largest populations of homeless veterans, and for other purposes.

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 Homeless Veterans Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Allocation of HUD–VASH vouchers.

(a) Amendment to VASH program.—Paragraph (19) of section 8(o) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)(19)) is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraphs:

“(D) ALLOCATION CRITERIA.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law (including paragraph (6) under the heading ‘Public and Indian Housing—Tenant-Based Rental Assistance’ in title II of division K of Public Law 115–31), in making amounts for assistance under this paragraph available among public housing agencies in each fiscal year, the Secretary shall give priority to public housing agencies that—

“(i) serve areas having the highest numbers of homeless veterans; and

“(ii) have fully utilized their available funds under this paragraph for the preceding fiscal year and have a demonstrated need for incremental assistance under this paragraph.

“(E) REALLOCATION OF UNUSED VOUCHERS FOR VASH ASSISTANCE.—

“(i) RECAPTURE AND REALLOCATION.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary shall—

“(I) recapture from any public housing agency described in clause (ii) any amounts of assistance provided under this paragraph to the agency that are not—

“(aa) under lease after 24 months;

“(bb) committed under an agreement to enter into a housing assistance payments contract; or

“(cc) committed, under a commitment of award letter that has been approved by the board of governors or other similar governing body of the public housing agency, for project-based voucher assistance for a project; and

“(II) reallocate any recaptured amounts to public housing authorities that have leased their entire allocation of assistance under this paragraph.

“(ii) AGENCIES SUBJECT TO RECAPTURE.—An agency described in this clause is an agency whose jurisdiction is located within an area within which the homeless population has decreased, according to the point-in-time information of the Secretary for the two most recent reporting periods for such information.”.

(b) Applicability.—The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to amounts made available—

(1) by paragraph (6) under the heading “Public and Indian Housing—Tenant-Based Rental Assistance” in title II of division K of Public Law 115–31, to the extent such amounts remain unobligated as of the date of the enactment of this Act; and

(2) by any other provision of law enacted after the date of the enactment of this Act.