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Introduced in Senate (05/17/2018)


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 2880


To establish a pilot program for long-term rental assistance for families affected by major disasters in 2017.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 17, 2018

Mr. Nelson (for himself, Mr. Blumenthal, Ms. Warren, Mr. Markey, Mrs. Gillibrand, and Ms. Harris) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs


A BILL

To establish a pilot program for long-term rental assistance for families affected by major disasters in 2017.

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 “Disaster Housing Assistance Act”.

SEC. 2. Definitions.

In this Act—

(1) the term “Administrator” means Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency;

(2) the term “covered disaster” means a major disaster declared by the President under section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170) during 2017, including with respect to Hurricane Maria;

(3) the term “eligible families” means families that the Administrator determines are eligible for housing assistance under section 408 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5174);

(4) the terms “families” has the meaning given the term in section 3(b) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437a(b)); and

(5) the term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

SEC. 3. Establishment of disaster housing assistance program for major disasters in 2017.

(a) In general.—Notwithstanding section 408(a)(1) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5174(a)(1)), not later than 10 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall enter into an agreement or agreements with the Secretary to establish a temporary program that provides long-term rental housing assistance under such section 408 to eligible families affected by a covered disaster.

(b) Responsibilities.—The design and administration of the program established under subsection (a) shall be determined by the Secretary, in consultation with the Administrator, to ensure optimal program effectiveness.

(c) GAO report to Congress.—Not later than January 20, 2020, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to Congress a report that examines the results of the program established under subsection (a), including the cost-effectiveness of the program and the ability of families participating in the program to stabilize their living situation.