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PART II-ASSISTED HOUSING

EXCERPT FROM HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 1974

(Public Law 93-383; 88 Stat, 633; 42 U.S.C. 1439)

LOCAL HOUSING ASSISTANCE PLANS, ALLOCATION OF HOUSING FUNDS

SEC. 213. (a)1) The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, upon receiving an application for housing assistance under the United States Housing Act of 1937, section 235 or 236 of the National Housing Act, section 101 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965, or section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959, if the unit of general local government in which the proposed assistance is to be provided has an approved housing assistance plan, shall

(A) not later than ten days after receipt of the application, notify the chief executive officer of such unit of general local government that such application is under consideration; and

(B) afford such unit of general local government, the opportunity, during the thirty-day period beginning on the date of such notification, to object to the approval of the application on the grounds that the application is inconsistent with its

housing assistance plan. Upon receiving an application for such housing assistance, the Secretary shall assure that funds made available under this section shall be utilized to the maximum extent practicable to meet the needs and goals identified in the unit of local government's housing assistance plan.

(2) If the unit of general local government objects to the application on the grounds that it is inconsistent with its housing assistance plan, the Secretary may not approve the application unless he determines that the application is consistent with such housing assistant plan. If the Secretary determines, that such application is consistent with the housing assistance plan, he shall notify the chief executive officer of the unit of general local government of his determination and the reasons therefor in writing. If the Secretary concurs with the objection of the unit of local government, he shall notify the applicant stating the reason therefor in writing.

(3) If the Secretary does not receive an objection by the close of the period referred to in paragraph (1)(B), he may approve the application unless he finds it inconsistent with the housing assistance plan. If the Secretary determines that an application is inconsistent with a housing assistance plan, he shall notify the applicant stating the reasons therefor in writing.

(4) The Secretary shall make the determinations referred to in paragraphs (2) and (3) within thirty days after he receives an objection pursuant to paragraph (1)(B) or within thirty days after the close of the period referred to in paragraph (1XB), whichever is earlier.

(5) As used in this section, the term "housing assistance plan" means a housing assistance plan submitted and approved under section 104 of this Act or, in the case of a unit of general local government not participating under title I of this Act, a housing plan approved by the Secretary as meeting the requirements of this section. (b) The provisions of subsection (a) shall not apply to

(1) applications for assistance involving 12 or fewer units in a single project or development;

(2) applications for assistance with respect to housing in new community developments approved under title IV of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 or title VII of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970 which the Secretary determines are necessary to meet the housing require ments under such title; or

(3) applications for assistance with respect to housing financed by loans or loan guarantees from a State or agency thereof, except that the provisions of subsection (a) shall apply where the unit of general local government in which the assistance is to be provided objects in its housing assistance plan to

the exemption provided by this paragraph. (c) For areas in which an approved local housing assistance plan is not applicable, the Secretary shall not approve an application for housing assistance unless he determines that there is a need for such assistance, taking into consideration any applicable State housing plans, and that there is or will be available in the area public facilities and services adequate to serve the housing pro posed to be assisted. The Secretary shall afford the unit of general local government in which the assistance is to be provided an opportunity, during a 30-day period following receipt of an application by him, to provide comments or information relevant to the determination required to be made by the Secretary under this subsection.

(d)(1) The Secretary shall allocate assistance referred to in subsection (a) (other than assistance approved in appropriation Acts for use under sections 9, 14, and 17 of the United States Housing Act of 1937) the first time it is available for reservation on the basis of a formula which is contained in a regulation prescribed by the Secretary, and which is based on the relative needs of different States, areas, and communities as reflected in data as to population, poverty, housing overcrowding, housing vacancies, amount of substandard housing, and other objectively measurable conditions specified in such regulation. Any amounts allocated to a State or areas or communities within a State which are not likely to be utilized within a fiscal year shall not be reallocated for use in another State unless the Secretary determines that other areas or communities within the same Štate cannot utilize the amounts within that same fiscal year.

(2) Not later than sixty days after approval in an appropriation Act, the Secretary shall allocate from the amounts available for use in nonmetropolitan areas an amount of authority for assistance under section 8(d) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 deter

mined in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture for use in connection with section 533 of the Housing Act of 1949 during the fiscal year for which such authority is approved. The amount of assistance allocated to nonmetropolitan areas pursuant to this section in any fiscal year shall not be less than 20 nor more than 25 per centum of the total amount of such assistance.

(3) The Secretary may reserve such housing assistance funds as he deems appropriate for use by a State or agency thereof.

(4) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, with respect to fiscal years beginning after September 30, 1981, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development may not retain more than 15 per centum of the financial assistance which becomes available under programs described in subsection (a)(1) during any fiscal year. Any such financial assistance which is retained shall be available for subsequent allocation to specific areas and communities, and may only be used for

(A) unforeseeable housing needs, especially those brought on by natural disasters or special relocation requirements;

(B) support for the needs of the handicapped or for minority enterprise;

(C) providing for assisted housing as a result of the settlement of litigation;

(D) small research and demonstration projects;

(E) lower-income housing needs described in housing assistance plans, including activities carried out under areawide housing opportunity plans; and

(F) innovative housing programs or alternative methods for meeting lower-income housing needs approved by the Secretary, including assistance for infrastructure in connection with the Indian Housing Program.

Approved August 22, 1974.

THE UNITED STATES HOUSING ACT OF 1937

SHORT TITLE SECTION 1. This Act may be cited as the “United States Housing Act of 1937".

DECLARATION OF POLICY

Sec. 2. It is the policy of the United States to promote the general welfare of the Nation by employing its funds and credit, as provided in this Act, to assist the several States and their political subdivisions to remedy the unsafe and unsanitary housing conditions and the acute shortage of decent, safe, and sanitary dwellings for families of lower income and, consistent with the objectives of this Act, to vest in local public housing agencies the maximum amount of responsibility in the administration of their housing pro grams. No person should be barred from serving on the board of directors or similar governing body of a local public housing agency because of his tenancy in a lower income housing project.

RENTAL PAYMENTS; DEFINITIONS Sec. 3.1 (a) Dwelling units assisted under this Act shall be rented only to families who are lower income families at the time of their initial occupancy of such units. Reviews of family income shall be made at least annually. A family shall pay as rent for a dwelling unit assisted under this Act (other than a family assisted under section 8(0)) the highest of the following amounts, rounded to the nearest dollar:

(1) 30 per centum of the family's monthly adjusted income; (2) 10 per centum of the family's monthly income; or

(3) if the family is receiving payments for welfare assistance from a public agency and a part of such payments, adjusted in accordance with the family's actual housing costs, is specifically designated by such agency to meet the family's housing

costs, the portion of such payments which is so designated. (b) When used in this Act:

(1) The term "lower income housing" means decent, safe, and sanitary dwellings assisted under this Act. The term “public housing” means lower income housing, and all necessary appurtenances thereto, assisted under this Act other than under section 8. When used in reference to public housing, the term “lower income housing project" or "project" means (A) housing developed, acquired, or assisted by a public housing agency under this Act, and (B) the improvement of any such housing.

(2) The term “lower income families” means those families whose incomes do not exceed 80 per centum of the median income for the area, as determined by the Secretary with adjustments for smaller and larger families, except that the Secretary may establish income ceilings higher or lower than 80 per centum of the median for the area on the basis of the Secretary's findings that such vari

For implementation of amendments made to this section affecting tenant rents, see page 167 of this compilation.

ations are necessary because of prevailing levels of construction costs or unusually high or low family incomes. The term “very lowincome families' means lower income families whose incomes do not exceed 50 per centum of the median family income for the area, as determined by the Secretary with adjustments for smaller and larger families, except that the Secretary may establish income ceilings higher or lower than 50 per centum of the median for the area on the basis of the Secretary's findings that such variations are necessary because of unusually high or low family incomes. Such ceilings shall be established in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture for any rural area, as defined in section 520 of the Housing Act of 1949, taking into account the subsidy characteristics and types of programs to which such ceilings apply.

(3) The term "families" includes families consisting of a single person in the case of (A) a person who is at least sixty-two years of age or is under a disability as defined in section 223 of the Social Security Act or in section 102 of the Developmental Disabilities Services and Facilities Construction Amendments of 1970, or is handicapped, (B) a displaced person, (C) the remaining member of a tenant family, and (D) other single persons in circumstances described in regulations of the Secretary. In no event shall more than 15 per centum of the units under the jurisdiction of any public housing agency be occupied by single persons under clause (D). In determining priority for admission to housing under this Act, the Secretary shall give preference to those single persons who are elderly, handicapped, or displaced before those eligible under clause (D). The term "elderly families" means families whose heads (or their spouses), or whose sole members, are persons described in clause (A). A person shall be considered handicapped if such person is determined, pursuant to regulations issued by the Secretary, to have an impairment which is expected to be of long-continued and indefinite duration, substantially impedes such person's ability to live independently, and is of such a nature that such ability could be improved by more suitable housing conditions. The term "displaced person" means a person displaced by governmental action, or a person whose dwelling has been extensively damaged or destroyed as a result of a disaster declared or otherwise formally recognized pursuant to Federal disaster relief laws. Notwithstanding the preceding provisions of this subsection, the term “elderly families" includes two or more elderly, disabled, or handicapped individuals living together, or one or more such individuals living with one or more persons determined under regulations of the Secretary to be essential to their care or well being. The Secretary may increase the limitation decribed in the second sentence of this paragraph to not more than 30 per centum if, following consultation with the public housing agency involved, the Secretary determines that the dwelling units involved are neither being occupied, nor are likely to be occupied within the next 12 months, by families or persons described in clauses (A), (B), and (C), due to the condition or location of such dwelling units, and that such dwelling units may be occupied if made available to single persons described in clause (D).

(4) The term "income” means income from all sources of each member of the household, as detemined in accordance with criteria

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