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Introduced in Senate (06/26/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1986


To amend the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination based on source of income, veteran status, or military status.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 26, 2019

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


A BILL

To amend the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination based on source of income, veteran status, or military status.

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 “Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Prohibiting housing discrimination based on source of income, veteran status, or military status.

(a) In general.—The Fair Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 3601 et seq.) is amended—

(1) in section 802 (42 U.S.C. 3602), by adding at the end the following:

“(p) ‘Military status’ means a member of the uniformed services, as defined in section 101 of title 10, United States Code.

“(q) ‘Source of income’ includes—

“(1) a housing voucher under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f) and any form of Federal, State, or local housing assistance provided to a person or family or provided to a housing owner on behalf of a person or family, including rental vouchers, rental assistance, and rental subsidies from nongovernmental organizations;

“(2) income received as a monthly benefit under title II of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 401 et seq.), as a supplemental security income benefit under title XVI of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1381 et seq.), or as a benefit under the Railroad Retirement Act of 1974 (45 U.S.C. 231 et seq.);

“(3) income received by court order, including spousal support and child support;

“(4) any payment from a trust, guardian, conservator, or other relative; and

“(5) any other lawful source of income or funds, including savings accounts and investments.

“(r) ‘Veteran status’ means a veteran, as defined in section 101 of title 38, United States Code.”;

(2) in section 804 (42 U.S.C. 3604)—

(A) by inserting “source of income, veteran status, military status,” after “familial status,” each place that term appears; and

(B) in subsection (c)—

(i) by inserting “(1)” before “To make”; and

(ii) by adding at the end the following:

“(2) Nothing in this title shall be construed to—

“(A) prohibit a lender from implementing a loan program for veterans or based upon veteran status or military status; or

“(B) prohibit an entity from providing housing assistance under section 8(o)(19) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)(19)), the Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, or any other Federal housing assistance program for veterans or based upon veteran status or military status.”;

(3) in section 805 (42 U.S.C. 3605)—

(A) in subsection (a), by inserting “source of income, veteran status, military status,” after “familial status,”; and

(B) in subsection (c), by inserting “source of income, veteran status, military status,” after “handicap,”;

(4) in section 806 (42 U.S.C. 3606), by inserting “source of income, veteran status, military status,” after “familial status,”;

(5) in section 808(e)(6) (42 U.S.C. 3608(e)(6)), by inserting “source of income, veteran status, military status,” after “handicap,”; and

(6) in section 810(f) (42 U.S.C. 3610(f)), by striking paragraph (4) and inserting the following:

“(4) During the period beginning on the date of enactment of the Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2019 and ending on the date that is 40 months after such date of enactment, each agency certified for purposes of this title on the day before such date of enactment shall, for purposes of this subsection, be considered certified under this subsection with respect to those matters for which the agency was certified on that date. If the Secretary determines in an individual case that an agency has not been able to meet the certification requirements within this 40-month period due to exceptional circumstances, such as the infrequency of legislative sessions in that jurisdiction, the Secretary may extend such period by not more than 6 months.”.

(b) Prevention of intimidation in fair housing cases.—Section 901 of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3631) is amended by inserting “source of income (as defined in section 802), veteran status (as defined in section 802), military status (as defined in section 802),” before “or national origin” each place that term appears.


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