H.R. 1675: Frank Melville Supportive Housing Act of 2009

H.R. 1675

Frank Melville Supportive Housing Act of 2009

July 20, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

H.R. 1675 is expected to be considered on the House floor today, Monday, July 20, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Christopher Murphy (D-CT) on March 23, 2009.

Bill Summary

Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2009 amends the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (the Act) to revise requirements for supportive housing for people with disabilities.

Repeals the authority of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to provide tenant-based rental assistance directly to eligible persons with disabilities.

Authorizes appropriations for such assistance under section 8 (rental voucher program) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 for persons with disabilities in FY2010.

Requires initial contracts with the sponsor of a project assisted with any low-income housing tax credit or with any tax-exempt housing bonds to have an initial term of not less than 360 months and to provide funding for 60 months.

Revises the requirement that all units in housing assisted by capital advances and project rental assistance contracts be made available for occupancy by very low-income persons with disabilities for at least 40 years.

Requires the Secretary, within 30 days of issuing certain capital advances for multifamily projects (except group homes or independent living facilities), to delegate review and processing of such projects to a state or local housing agency meeting specified criteria.

Revises tenant selection procedures.

Requires a lease between a tenant and a housing owner to be for at least 12 months.

Revises the application of cost limitations developed by the Secretary to supportive housing. Authorizes the Secretary to waive such limitations.

Requires the Secretary to: (1) carry out a project rental assistance competitive demonstration program to expand the supply of supportive housing for non-elderly adults with disabilities and with extremely low-incomes or for extremely low-income households that include at least one disabled person; and (2) establish a minimum percentage of capital advances per fiscal year for multifamily projects.

Requires the Comptroller General to study and report to Congress on the program's adequacy and effectiveness in assisting households of persons with disabilities.



H.R. 1675 proposes to restructure the Section 811 disabled housing program to provide for the continued creation of permanent supportive housing and rental assistance attempting to make housing affordable for very low income people with disabilities. The bill proposes to improve the Section 811 program by streamlining and simplifying the development of HUD's Section 811 properties and making changes to the program to encourage integration and mixed-use developments, such HOME program funds and Low-income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC).


A CBO score for H.R. 1675 was not yet available at press time.