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house Bill H.R. 3700

Modernizing Federal Housing Programs for Low-Income Families

Argument in favor

The federal government’s housing programs help many Americans, but the archaic bureaucracies that operate them need to be modernized to operate more efficiently and avoid the waste of tax dollars.

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02/01/2016
"Affordable housing should be within the means of all full time American workers." [feelthebern.org]
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02/03/2016
We need to take care of the less fortunate. We're all in this together.
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Alis's Opinion
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01/29/2016
It isn't possible to make the necessary changes AND to give adequate funding so the changes both save currently wasted $$$ and make it possible to include a larger group of citizens who cannot afford housing? I suppose, given how feckless Congress has proved itself to be, it is not possible. Get it together and fix this! Lack of affordable housing destroys families and, with it, the economic future of the US. We are wedded to the concept of American exceptionalism and yet we have come to define it as pushing the entire country back to the 1900's by imposing punitive policies on a large portion of what as once the middle class. How's that working for you?
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Argument opposed

While this bill may have some necessary reforms, on balance it makes too many changes to these federal housing programs without giving the agencies that administer them additional resources.

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01/29/2016
"Our welfare programs fail to encourage work, weaken families, are rife with waste and abuse, and do not work well together." [jeb.org]
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01/29/2016
No fed housing. We need to find these people jobs. They can find there housing. If we must have federal housing, all working age recipient must have to do some sort work on keep the "projects" livable with cleaning, painting, lawn care and security. Keep out multiple families living in single units.
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02/03/2016
Stop with the handouts. Unfair to the middle class, who ultimately pay for all of it.
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What is House Bill H.R. 3700?

This bill would reform several aspects of the federal government’s low-income housing policies as administered through public housing agencies (PHAs) such as the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) within the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

PHAs would be authorized to make section 8 low-income rental assistance vouchers available for a dwelling unit after an inspection reveals non-life-threatening conditions. The payments would be suspended after 30 days if conditions require corrective action but none is taken. PHAs would also be authorized to prescribe further requirements for the enforcement of housing quality standards.

The frequency of normally annual reviews of family income for public housing and section 8 programs would be revised based on decreases or increases in annual adjusted income.

PHAs would be able to establish a payment standard through the section 8 program of to 120% or the fair market rent as a reasonable accommodation for a person with a disability, without approval of HUD.

Additional limitations, prohibitions, and requirements would be established related to a family’s eligibility for assistance based on assets, units owned by PHAs, PHA project-based assistance, fair market rent, denial of utility reimbursements, PHA capital and operating funds, and the expansion of the family unification program.

HUD would be directed to establish a demonstration program for executing budget-neutral, performance-based agreements with appropriate entities in the FY2016-FY2019 period that lead to cost reductions in energy or water conservation projects at up to 20,000 units of public housing. These agreements could last for up to 12 years each, and would apply to multifamily section 8 buildings, supportive housing for the elderly, or supportive housing for people with disabilities.

HUD would be directed to establish data exchange standards governing:

  • Necessary categories of information that state agencies operating related programs must exchange electronically with another state agency;

  • Required federal reporting and data exchange.

HUD may establish a Multifamily Housing Revitalization program to preserve and enhance multifamily housing projects funded by certain loans to ensure they have enough resources to provide safe and affordable housing to low-income residents and farm laborers.

Within HUD, a Special Assistant for Veterans Affairs would be in charge of coordinating all HUD programs and activities that are related to veterans. Both HUD and the VA would be directed to give Congress annual reports about veteran homelessness and activities related to veterans.

Impact

Low-income families, the elderly, the disabled, and veterans who qualify or participate in federal housing assistance programs, state housing agencies, PHAs, the FHA, and HUD.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3700

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) introduced this bill to provide a long-awaited overhaul to improve the efficiency of federal housing programs.

“As I have said before, this legislation represents the first step in housing policy modernization by making many targeted reforms to streamline regulatory burdens and overhaul inefficient policies and regulations. We make these changes while saving taxpayer dollars.”

This legislation was passed by the House Financial Services Committee on a vote of 44-10. It currently has the bipartisan support of 11 cosponsors in the House, including three Democrats and eight Republicans.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Mike Wilson)

AKA

Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016

Official Title

To provide housing opportunities in the United States through modernization of various housing programs, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • EnactedJuly 29th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed July 14th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • The house Passed February 2nd, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 427 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
      Housing, Community Development, and Insurance
    IntroducedOctober 7th, 2015

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    "Affordable housing should be within the means of all full time American workers." [feelthebern.org]
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    "Our welfare programs fail to encourage work, weaken families, are rife with waste and abuse, and do not work well together." [jeb.org]
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    No fed housing. We need to find these people jobs. They can find there housing. If we must have federal housing, all working age recipient must have to do some sort work on keep the "projects" livable with cleaning, painting, lawn care and security. Keep out multiple families living in single units.
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    We need to take care of the less fortunate. We're all in this together.
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    It isn't possible to make the necessary changes AND to give adequate funding so the changes both save currently wasted $$$ and make it possible to include a larger group of citizens who cannot afford housing? I suppose, given how feckless Congress has proved itself to be, it is not possible. Get it together and fix this! Lack of affordable housing destroys families and, with it, the economic future of the US. We are wedded to the concept of American exceptionalism and yet we have come to define it as pushing the entire country back to the 1900's by imposing punitive policies on a large portion of what as once the middle class. How's that working for you?
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    Congress must in invest as much money as possible to gradually alleviate our infrastructure. More imperatives, our nation must invest it's money in establishing an increase amount in AMERICAN JOBS so that all Americans have the abilities to access the proper necessities they desperately need. Instead of our Washington democratic-bureaucrats investing their money in keeping their large donors in and contributing to bills that demonize and devalue American values, they should realize that there are fighting citizens that are desperate for just a minimum wage paying jobs to provide themselves with future occupational and educational opportunities. Possibly affordable housing as well. Unless our current tax system is alleviated and stabilized we not have the ability to support the poverty portion which consist of millions with houses until we start paying off debt, stabilizing our tax code system, and then to come in the future possibly establishing federal housing for families. So in other words, I Am neutral with this bill.
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    We are tired of a Congress that spends taxpayers' money so they get rich instead of spending it on the maintenance of the real needs of the people. Got it!!!
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    the government long ago decided that it was in the public interest for people of varying economic means to be able to live in the same region, partially for stability and partially because the alternative would require longer and longer commutes for service industry workers to make it to their jobs, to the point where it might border on inhumane in today's housing climate. These programs freeze the inflation of land on certain plots, and more investment now means more savings in the future (much like transit). Given that this decision has been made, the government needs to keep its promise rather that continue to let these buildings crumble and deteriorate with sub-par funding. Doing this more efficiently and effectively is the goal.
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    Stop with the handouts. Unfair to the middle class, who ultimately pay for all of it.
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    In a country this rich no one should be homeless. Salt Lake City has done wonderful things with the homelessness problem, look it up.
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    I'm a disabled woman who worked very hard in the medical field for 26 yrs 12 of those years I was sick some of your closed minded comments on here is the exact reason why so many disabled are becoming homeless I'm about to be 1 of them I'm expected to live on 1000 a mo after they take 134 a mo to pay for my Medicare they also took away my food stamps there are no available low income housing here in Tn why am I being punished for the simple fact I'm extremely ill I didn't choose this I sure as hell didn't want it yet everyday I'm trying to find resources to help me survive how is that right so before you sit and judge put yourself in a disabled persons shoes and see how far you get on the money we get oh and don't forget the 3 yrs we have to fight just to get our money and the fact that we have no income at all during that time maybe than you won't be so damn judgmental of us
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    Federal housing programs should not exist
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    As an educator I've made numerous home visits to section 8 housing. It breaks my heart that my students live in conditions that are often unsafe! Everyone deserves a safe home to live in, why would we not want to support that!
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    While I don't think this bill goes far enough in the changes made to Federal Housing, I do appreciate the effort to reduce wasted tax dollars. I also appreciate the changes made in an effort to give Veterans better access to housing.
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    Enough with spending all that tax money on housing.
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    Impact upon low income individual and families unclear. Protections for the elderly and disabled, unclear.
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    We need to fix our crumbling infrastructure.
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    Public Housing. What a joke. Clinton and Greenspan started that with everyone should have a home, even if you don't qualify. If a city provides a Section 8 Housing Program, all they need is an application list and computers.
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    We need to help people in need instead of demo zing them and blaming them
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    Stop all these programs. Can you say housing bubble
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