Text: H.R.1742 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)
Referred in Senate (10/29/2013)
[Congressional Bills 113th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[H.R. 1742 Referred in Senate (RFS)]
H. R. 1742
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
October 29, 2013
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing,
and Urban Affairs
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.
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 ``Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform
Act of 2013''.
SEC. 2. EXCLUSION FROM INCOME.
Paragraph (4) of section 3(b) of the United States Housing Act of
1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437a(b)(4)) is amended--
(1) by striking ``and any amounts'' and inserting ``, any
(2) by striking ``or any deferred'' and inserting ``, any
(3) by inserting after ``prospective monthly amounts'' the
following: ``, and any expenses related to aid and attendance
as detailed under section 1521 of title 38, United States
SEC. 3. UTILITY ALLOWANCES AND DATA.
Section 8(o) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C.
1437f(o)) is amended--
(1) in paragraph (2), by adding at the end the following
``(D) Utility allowance.--
``(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.
``(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.''; and
(2) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
``(21) Utility data.--
``(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.
``(B) Use of data.--The Secretary shall provide
such data in a manner that--
``(i) avoids unnecessary administrative
burdens for public housing agencies and owners;
``(ii) protects families in various unit
sizes and building types, and using various
utilities, from high rent and utility cost
burdens relative to income.''.
Passed the House of Representatives October 28, 2013.
KAREN L. HAAS,