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[PUBLIC LAW 409—77TH CONGRESS)
CHAPTER 14–2D SESSION)

(H. R. 6128]

AN ACT To amend the Act entitled "An Act to expedite the provision of housing in con

nection with national defense, and for other purposes”, approved October 14 1940, as amended.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That (a) so much of section 1 of the Act entitled "An Act to expedite the provision of housing in connection with national defense, and for other purposes”, approved October 14, 1940, as amended, as precedes subsection (a), is amended to read as follows:

“SECTION 1. In order to provide housing for persons engaged in national-defense activities, and their families, and living quarters for single persons so engaged, in those areas or localities in which the President shall find that an acute shortage of housing exists or impends which would impede national-defense activities and that such housing would not be provided by private capital when needed, the Federal Works Administrator (hereinafter referred to as the 'Administrator') is authorized :”.

(b) Section 1 (b) of such Act, as amended, is amended by striking out the next to last proviso and inserting in lieu thereof the following: Provided, That the cost per permanent family-dwelling unit shall not exceed an average of $3,750 for all types of construction for those units located within the continental United States nor an average of $4,250 for those located elsewhere (exclusive of Alaska), and the cost of no family-dwelling unit shall exceed $4,500 within the continental United States or $4,750 elsewhere, except in the Territory of Alaska, where the cost shall not exceed $7,500, exclusive of expenses of administration, land acquisition, public utilities, and community facilities, and the aggregate cost of community facilities shall not exceed 3 per centum of the total cost of all projects : Provided further, That where the Administrator shall consider that there is no reasonable prospect of disposing of such housing to meet a need extending beyond the emergency he shall construct temporary units :".

Sec. 2. Section 2 of such Act, as amended, is amended by inserting before the semicolon at the end of clause (a) the following: “; (4) officers of the Army and Marine Corps not above the grade of captain, and officers of the Navy and Coast Guard, not above the grade of lieutenant, senior grade, assigned to duty at naval or military reservations, posts, or bases, or to duty at defense industries: Provided, That any proceedings for the recovery of possession of any property or project developed or constructed under this title shall be brought by the Administrator in the courts of the States having jurisdiction of such causes and the laws of the States shall be applicable thereto”.

Sec. 3. So much of section 3 of such Act, as amended, as precedes the proviso therein is amended to read as follows:

“Sec. 3. There is hereby authorized to be appropriated to carry out the purpose of this title, in accordance with the authority therein contained and for administrative expenses in connection therewith, including transfer of household goods and effects as provided by the Act of October 10, 1940 (Public, Numbered 839), and regulations promulgated thereunder, not to exceed the sum of $600,000,000, to remain available until expended :".

SEC. 4. Such Act, as amended, is amended by inserting after section 3 the following new section:

"Sec. 4. It is hereby declared to be the policy of this title to further the national defense by providing housing in those areas where it cannot otherwise be provided by private enterprise when needed, and that such housing may be sold and disposed of as expeditiously as possible: Provided, That in disposing of said housing consideration shall be given to its full market value and said housing or any part thereof shall not, unless specifically authorized by Congress, be conveyed to any public or private agency organized for slum clearance or to provide subsidized housing for persons of low income: Provided further, That the Administrator may, in his discretion, upon the request of the Secretaries of War or Navy transfer to the jurisdiction of the War or Navy Departments such housing constructed under the provisions of this Act as may be considered to be permanently useful to the Army or Navy."

SEC. 5. Amend section 204 of the Act by striking out the figures "$150,000,000” and inserting in lieu thereof the figures "$300,000,000”.

SEC. 6. The second proviso of section 304 of such Act, as amended, is amended to read as follows: “Provided further, That the Administrator shall fix fair rentals, on projects developed pursuant to this Act, which shall be based on the value thereof as determined by him, with power during the emergency, in exceptional cases, to adjust the rent to the income of the persons to be housed, and that rentals to be charged for Army and Navy personnel shall be fixed by the War and Navy Departments :".

Sec. 7. Section 305 of such Act, as amended, is amended by the addition of the following sentence at the end thereof: “Consultation shall be had with local public officials and local housing authorities to the end that projects constructed under the provisions of this Act shall, so far as may be practicable, conform in location and design to local planning and tradition.”

Sec. 8. Section 306 of such Act, as amended, is amended to read as follows:

"SEC. 306. The Administrator shall pay from rentals annual sums in lieu of taxes to any State and/or political subdivision thereof, with respect to any real property acquired and held by him under this Act, including improvements thereon. The amount so paid for any year upon such property shall approximate the taxes which would be paid to the State and/or subdivision, as the case may be, upon such property if it were not exempt from taxation, with such allowance as may be considered by him to be appropriate for expenditure by the Government for streets, utilities, or other public services to serve such property."

Sec. 9. Section 309 of such Act, as amended, is amended by adding at the end thereof the following: “Preference in such employment shall be given to qualified local residents.”

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SEC. 10. Such Act, as amended, is amended by inserting after section 311 the following new section:

“Sec. 312. Any agency designated by the President to provide temporary shelter under the provisions of Public Law Numbered 9, Seventy-seventh Congress, Public Law Numbered 73, Seventy-seventh Congress, or the Third Supplemental National Defense Appropriations Act, 1942, shall have the same powers with respect to the management, maintenance, operation, and administration of such temporary shelter as are granted to the Federal Works Administrator under section 304 and section 306 of this Act with respect to projects constructed hereunder, and the provisions of section 307 shall apply to such temporary shelter projects and the occupants thereof."

Sec. 11. The first proviso of section 1 (b) of such Act, as amended, is amended by inserting before the colon at the end thereof the following: "and so far as is consistent with emergency needs, contracts shall be subject to section 3709 of the Revised Statutes".

Approved, January 21, 1942.

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(PUBLIC LAW 522—77TH CONGRESS)
[CHAPTER 239—2D SESSION)

(H. R. 6483)

AN ACT To amend the Act entitled “An Act to expedite the provision of housing in con

nection with national defense, and for other purposes”, approved October 14, 1940, as amended. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 301 of the Act entitled "An Act to expedite the provision of housing in connection with national defense, and for other purposes”, approved October 14, 1940, as amended, is amended by striking out “sections 1 and 202" and inserting in lieu thereof "sections 1, 202, 401, and 402". Sec. 2. Section 304 of such Act

of October 14, 1940, as amended, is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new sentence: "As used in this section the term 'local municipalities' shall include the District of Columbia."

Sec. 3. (a) Section 306 of such Act of October 14, 1940, as amended, is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new sentence: “As used in this section the term “State shall include the District of Columbia.”

(b) Section 307 of such Act of October 14, 1940, as amended, is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new sentence: “As used in this section the term 'State shall include the District of Columbia.”

Sec. 4. Such Act of October 14, 1940, as amended, is amended by adding after section 312 thereof the following new title:

"TITLE IV "SEC. 401. (a) The sum of $30,000,000, to remain available until expended, is hereby authorized to be appropriated for the purpose of enabling the National Housing Agency to provide housing in or near the District of Columbia (including living quarters for single persons and for families) for employees of the United States whose duties are determined by the National Housing Administrator to be essential to national defense and to require them to reside in or near the District of Columbia.

“(b) In providing the housing for which an appropriation is authorized by subsection (a) of this section, the National Housing Administrator is authorized to exercise all of the powers specified in subsections (a) and (b) of section 1 of this Act, subject to the limitations, upon exercise of such powers specified in such subsections.

"(c) The funds authorized to be appropriated by this section shall be available to pay administrative expenses in connection with providing the housing for which such funds are authorized to be appropriated.

(d) The housing provided with funds authorized to be appropriated by this section may be sold and disposed of as expeditiously

as possible: Provided, That in disposing of said housing consideration shall be given to its full market value and said housing or any part thereof shall not, unless specifically authorized by Congress, be conveyed to any public or private agency organized for slum clearance or to provide subsidized housing for persons of low income.

“SEC. 402. (a) The sum of $20,000,000, to remain available until expended, is hereby authorized to be appropriated for the purpose of enabling the Federal Works Administrator to provide public works and equipment therefor in and near the District of Columbia. Such public works may include, but shall not be limited to, schools, waterworks, sewers, public sanitary facilities, works for the treatment and purification of water, hospitals and other places for the care of the sick, recreational facilities, streets, roads, facilities for the disposal of sewage, garbage, and refuse, and other types of necessary public works.

“(b) In providing the public works and equipment therefor for which appropriations are authorized by subsection (a) of this section, the Federal Works Administrator is authorized to exercise all of the powers specified in subsections (a), (b), and (c) of section 202 of this Act. Such public works and equipment therefor shall be provided subject to the provisions of section 203 of this Act.

"(c) The funds authorized to be appropriated by this section shall be available to pay administrative expenses in connection with providing the public works and equipment therefor for which such funds are authorized to be appropriated.

"SEC. 403. (a) The Commissioners of the District of Columbia are authorized to accept for the District of Columbia, and the Federal Works Administrator is authorized to make to the District of Columbia, advancements for the provision of public works and equipment therefor, such advancements to be deposited with the Secretary of the Treasury to the credit of the District of Columbia.

“(b) Sums advanced to the Commissioners of the District of Columbia hereunder shall be available for the provision, without reference to section 3709 of the Revised Statutes, of any or all public works and equipment therefor described in section 402 hereof, and for administrative expenses in connection therewith, including employment of engineering and other professional services and other technical and administrative personnel without reference to the civilservice requirements or the Classification Act of 1923, as amended. The repayment of any sums so advanced and the payment of interest thereon shall be in the same manner and subject to the same conditions as are set forth in sections 3 and 4 of the Act of December 20, 1941 (Public Law Numbered 362, Seventy-seventh Congress).

"(c) The Commissioners shall submit with their annual estimates to the Congress a report of their activities and expenditures under this section.

"SEC. 404. As used in this Act the term 'Federal Works Administrator' or 'Administrator', or 'Federal Works Agency' shall, with respect to housing, be deemed to refer to the National Housing Administrator or the National Housing Agency, as the case may be. Such terms shall, with respect to public works and equipment therefor, be deemed to refer to the Federal Works Administrator or the Federal Works Agency, as the case may be."

Approved, April 10, 1942.

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