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Introduced in Senate (01/03/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 17


To provide for a comfortable and safe temperature level in dwelling units receiving certain Federal housing assistance, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 3, 2019

Mr. Rubio introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs


A BILL

To provide for a comfortable and safe temperature level in dwelling units receiving certain Federal housing assistance, 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 “Safe Temperature Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Comfortable and safe temperature level in Federally assisted housing.

(a) Public housing and project-Based assistance.—The United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437 et seq.) is amended—

(1) in section 8(o) (42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)), by adding at the end the following:

“(P) MAINTAINING TEMPERATURE LEVEL IN UNITS.—The Secretary may require the owner of a dwelling unit receiving assistance under a housing assistance payment under this paragraph to ensure that the dwelling unit maintains a comfortable and safe temperature level ranging from 71 degrees to 81 degrees Fahrenheit.”; and

(2) in section 9 (42 U.S.C. 1437g), by adding at the end the following:

“(p) Use of funds To maintain temperate level in units.—With respect to a public housing dwelling unit, the Secretary may use amounts in the Capital Fund or the Operating Fund to ensure that the dwelling unit maintains a comfortable and safe temperature level ranging from 71 degrees to 81 degrees Fahrenheit.”.

(b) Supportive housing for the elderly.—Section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959 is amended by striking the first and second subsection (m) and inserting the following:

“(m) Maintaining temperature in units.—The Secretary may require the owner of housing assisted under this section to ensure that each unit in that housing maintains a comfortable and safe temperature level ranging from 71 degrees to 81 degrees Fahrenheit.”.


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