May 14, 1997(Key vote)
Title: Public Housing bill
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that allots block grants to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and gives the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) more authority over "chronically troubled" PHAs and other regulations.
Repeals the United States Housing Act of 1937.
Allocates funds to create mixed income communities, increases the accountability of public housing agencies by appropriating grants to reward performance, and reinstates the voucher program.
Requires residents of public housing to contribute at least 8 hours of community service per month.
Allows families residing in a public housing dwelling unit to choose either a flat rent structure or an income based rent structure that is no greater than 30 percent of the monthly adjusted family income.
Requires families and the Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to agree to a target date when the family intends stop receiving public housing assistance.
Directs PHAs to submit a statement of mission, goals and objectives, and an overview of capital improvement plans every 5 years.
Directs PHAs to submit a performance and evaluation report concerning their use of funds.
Gives each state Governor control over distribution of funds, except when action is required by the State legislature.
Establishes a Capital Fund of $2.5 billion and an Operating Fund of $2.9 billion for PHAs for each of the fiscal years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002.
Expresses the sense of Congress that PHAs should adopt preferences for victims of domestic violence.
Requires PHAs to inspect each public housing development annually and allows them to demolish nonmarketable public housing developments.
Requires a nationwide study of housing assistance programs with findings reported to Congress.
Allows Secretary of HUD to assist "chronically troubled" PHAs by contracting for management, taking over the PHA, or petitioning for a receiver.