HR 1209

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

H. R. 1209

To reform the housing choice voucher program under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 17, 2011

Ms. WATERS (for herself, Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts, Mr. GUTIERREZ, Mr. COHEN, and Mr. PIERLUISI) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services


A BILL

To reform the housing choice voucher program under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE AND TABLE OF CONTENTS.

SEC. 2. INSPECTION OF DWELLING UNITS.

`(aa) in the case of any such failure that is a result of life-threatening conditions, within 24 hours after such notice has been provided; and

`(bb) in the case of any such failure that is a result of non-life threatening conditions, within 30 days after such notice has been provided or such other reasonable longer period as the public housing agency may establish.

`(aa) such abatement has commenced; and

`(bb) if the dwelling unit is not brought into compliance with housing quality standards within 60 days after the effective date of the determination of noncompliance under clause (i) or such reasonable longer period as the agency may establish, the tenant will have to move; and

SEC. 3. RENT REFORM AND INCOME REVIEWS.

SEC. 4. ELIGIBILITY FOR ASSISTANCE BASED ON ASSETS AND INCOME.

SEC. 5. TARGETING ASSISTANCE TO LOW-INCOME WORKING FAMILIES.

SEC. 6. VOUCHER RENEWAL FUNDING.

SEC. 7. ADMINISTRATIVE FEES.

SEC. 8. HOMEOWNERSHIP.

SEC. 9. PHA REPORTING OF RENT PAYMENTS TO CREDIT REPORTING AGENCIES.

SEC. 10. PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS.

SEC. 11. PHA PROJECT-BASED ASSISTANCE.

`(aa) With respect to areas in which fewer than 75 percent of families issued vouchers become participants in the program, the public housing agency has established the payment standard at 110 percent of the fair market rent for all census tracts in the area for the previous six months, the public housing agency has requested a higher payment standard, and the public housing agency grants an automatic extension of 90 days (or longer) to families with vouchers who are attempting to find housing, clause (i) shall be applied by substituting `40 percent' for `25 percent'; and

`(bb) With respect to census tracts with a poverty rate of 20 percent or less, clause (i) shall be applied by substituting `50 percent' for `25 percent' and the Secretary may, by regulation, establish additional conditions.';

SEC. 12. RENT BURDENS.

SEC. 13. ESTABLISHMENT OF FAIR MARKET RENT.

SEC. 14. SCREENING OF APPLICANTS.

SEC. 15. ENHANCED VOUCHERS.

SEC. 16. DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM WAIVER AUTHORITY.

SEC. 17. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

SEC. 18. AGENCY AUTHORITY FOR UTILITY PAYMENTS IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.

SEC. 19. UTILITY DATA.

SEC. 20. PROJECT-BASED PRESERVATION VOUCHERS.

SEC. 21. EFFECT OF FORECLOSURE ON SECTION 8 TENANCIES.

SEC. 22. STUDY TO IDENTIFY OBSTACLES TO USING VOUCHERS IN FEDERALLY SUBSIDIZED HOUSING PROJECTS.

SEC. 23. INTERAGENCY COUNCIL ON HOMELESSNESS.

SEC. 24. STUDY OF EFFECTS OF SECTION 8 PROGRAM ON HUD BUDGET AND PROGRAMS.

SEC. 25. HOUSING INNOVATION PROGRAM.

`SEC. 37. HOUSING INNOVATION PROGRAM.

SEC. 26. STUDY OF USE OF INCOME DATABASES TO REDUCE SUBSIDY ERRORS.

SEC. 27. EFFECTIVE DATE.

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