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H.R.6361 - Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act of 2012
To exclude from consideration as income under the United States Housing Act of 1937 payments of pension made under section 1521 of title 38, United States Code, to veterans who are in need of regular aid and attendance, and for other purposes.
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To exclude from consideration as income under the United States Housing Act of 1937 payments of pension made under
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. EXCLUSION FROM INCOME.
(3) by inserting after ‘prospective monthly amounts’ the following: ‘, and any expenses related to aid and attendance as detailed under
SEC. 3. UTILITY ALLOWANCES AND DATA.
‘(i) IN GENERAL- In determining the monthly assistance payment for a family under subparagraphs (A) and (B), the amount allowed for tenant-paid utilities shall not exceed the appropriate utility allowance for the family unit size as determined by the public housing agency regardless of the size of the dwelling unit leased by the family.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(ii) EXCEPTION FOR CERTAIN FAMILIES- Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), upon request by a family that includes a person with disabilities, an elderly family, or a family that includes any person who is less than 18 years of age, the public housing agency shall approve a utility allowance that is higher than the applicable amount on the utility allowance schedule, except that in the case of a family that includes a person with disabilities, the agency shall approve such higher amount only if a higher utility allowance is needed as a reasonable accommodation to make the program accessible to and usable by the family member with a disability.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(iii) AUTHORITY TO INCREASE ALLOWANCE- Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), in the case of any family not described in clause (ii), a public housing agency may, at the request of the family, approve a utility allowance that is higher than the applicable amount on the utility allowance schedule. In making such a determination, the agency shall consider (I) the amount of the increase in utility costs for the family, and (II) the difficulty for the family in relocating.’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) PUBLICATION- The Secretary shall, to the extent that data can be collected cost effectively, regularly publish such data regarding utility consumption and costs in local areas as the Secretary determines will be useful for the establishment of allowances for tenant-paid utilities for families assisted under this subsection.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. PILOT PROGRAM FOR GRANTS FOR REHABILITATION AND MODIFICATION OF HOMES OF DISABLED AND LOW-INCOME VETERANS.
(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall establish a pilot program to award grants to qualified organizations to rehabilitate and modify the primary residence of eligible veterans.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) COORDINATION- The Secretary shall work in conjunction with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish and oversee the pilot program and to ensure that such program meets the needs of eligible veterans.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) MAXIMUM GRANT- A grant award under the pilot program to any one qualified organization shall not exceed $1,000,000 in any one fiscal year, and such an award shall remain available until expended by such organization.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- Each qualified organization that desires a grant under the pilot program shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and, in addition to the information required under paragraph (2), accompanied by such information as the Secretary may reasonably require.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) a description of the type of work that will be conducted, such as interior home modifications, energy efficiency improvements, and other similar categories of work; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) that proposes to provide housing rehabilitation and modification services for eligible veterans who live in rural areas (the Secretary, through regulations, shall define the term ‘rural areas’).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) Demonstrate expertise in providing housing rehabilitation and modification services for disabled or low-income individuals for the purpose of making the homes of such individuals accessible, functional, and safe for such individuals.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) Have experience in successfully carrying out the accountability and reporting requirements involved in the proper administration of grant funds, including funds provided by private entities or Federal, State, or local government entities.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) installing wheelchair ramps, widening exterior and interior doors, reconfigurating and re-equipping bathrooms (which includes installing new fixtures and grab bars), removing doorway thresholds, installing special lighting, adding additional electrical outlets and electrical service, and installing appropriate floor coverings to--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(ii) if such residence does not have modifications necessary to reduce the chances that an elderly, but not disabled person, will fall in their home, reduce the risks of such an elderly person from falling;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) in connection with modification and rehabilitation services provided under the pilot program, to provide technical, administrative, and training support to an affiliate of a qualified organization receiving a grant under such pilot program; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Oversight- The Secretary shall direct the oversight of the grant funds for the pilot program so that such funds are used efficiently until expended to fulfill the purpose of addressing the adaptive housing needs of eligible veterans.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- A qualified organization receiving a grant under the pilot program shall contribute towards the housing modification and rehabilitation services provided to eligible veterans an amount equal to not less than 50 percent of the grant award received by such organization.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(g) Limitation Cost to the Veterans- A qualified organization receiving a grant under the pilot program shall modify or rehabilitate the primary residence of an eligible veteran at no cost to such veteran (including application fees) or at a cost such that such veteran pays no more than 30 percent of his or her income in housing costs during any month.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(G) a description of the outreach initiatives instituted by grant recipients to engage eligible veterans and veteran service organizations in projects utilizing grant funds under such program;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) FINAL REPORT- Not later than 6 months after the completion of the pilot program, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report that provides such information that the Secretary considers relevant in assessing the pilot program.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) ENERGY EFFICIENT FEATURES OR EQUIPMENT- The term ‘energy efficient features or equipment’ means features of, or equipment in, a primary residence that help reduce the amount of electricity used to heat, cool, or ventilate such residence, including insulation, weatherstripping, air sealing, heating system repairs, duct sealing, or other measures.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) LOW-INCOME VETERAN- The term ‘low-income veteran’ means a veteran whose income does not exceed 80 percent of the median income for an area, as determined by the Secretary.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) IN GENERAL- The term ‘primary residence’ means a single family house, a duplex, or a unit within a multiple-dwelling structure that is an eligible veteran’s principal dwelling and is owned by such veteran or a family member of such veteran.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(7) QUALIFIED ORGANIZATION- The term ‘qualified organization’ means a nonprofit organization that provides nationwide or State-wide programs that primarily serve veterans or low-income individuals.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(10) VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATION- The term ‘veterans service organization’ means any organization recognized by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the representation of veterans under
Clerk. 112th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 6361 AN ACT
H. R. 6361