H.R. 233, Tenant Income Verification Relief Act of 2015

H.R. 233

Tenant Income Verification Relief Act of 2015

Sponsor
Rep. Ed Perlmutter

Date
March 23, 2015 (114th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
John Huston

Floor Situation

On Monday, March 23, 2015, the House will consider H.R. 233, the Tenant Income Verification Relief Act of 2015, under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on January 8, 2015 by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and was referred to the Committee on Financial Services.

Bill Summary

H.R. 233 amends the United States Housing Act of 1937 to require Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to review the income of families on a fixed income at least once every three years for the purposes of determining eligibility for assisted housing programs and the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The bill authorizes the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to define the term fixed income for purposes of the bill and permits families to certify that 90% or more of their income is from fixed sources, and that the sources of their income have not changed from the previous year, to be eligible for reduced income review requirements.

Background

Under current law, PHAs are required to review family income eligibility on an annual basis regardless of family income sources.[1] According to the bill sponsor, H.R. 233 reduces administrative regulatory burdens on PHAs, their tenants, and businesses that accept Housing Choice Vouchers, allowing funds to be more efficiently used in providing assistance to low-income tenants.[2]

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[1] (42 USC 1437a)
[2] http://perlmutter.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1440:rep-perlmutter-introduces-bi-partisan-legislation-to-reduce-burden-on-fixed-income-tenants&catid=33:press-releases&Itemid=15

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is currently unavailable.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the House Republican Conference at 5-5107.