CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 4329, the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2014, as amended, under a suspension of the rules. H.R. 4329 was introduced on March 27, 2014 by Rep. Steve Pearce (N-NM) and referred to the Committee on Financial Services, which ordered the bill reported by a vote of 47-11.
H.R. 4329 reauthorizes the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) for five years through 2018. Title I first addresses the time allowed for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to respond to waiver requests for requirements under the program that provides Indian tribes block grants for affordable housing activities. Title I gives the Secretary of HUD 60 days to act before the request of an Indian tribe for a waiver of housing plan, environmental review, or development cost requirements is deemed approved. Moreover, it requires the Secretary of HUD to submit to Congress recommendations for standards and procedures for receiving a waiver. H.R. 4329 also determines that a tribe is considered to have satisfied any environmental review requirements if a recipient: 1) is using one or more sources of Federal funds in addition to grant amounts under this Act; and 2) has assumed all responsibilities for environmental review.
Title II revises the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 to make maximum rent requirements inapplicable if a tribe has written rules governing rents in place. The bill also treats rental housing as affordable housing if it is made available to the current rental family for purchase as a homebuyer if the family qualified as low-income at the time of initial occupancy. Title III reauthorizes block grant programs at $650 million per year for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018. Title IV requires the HUD Secretary to provide copies of HUD’s statutorily required annual report on progress made in accomplishing the objectives of the Act, and a summary of the use of the Act’s funds, to each NAHASDA recipient and to each Congressional committee of jurisdiction. Title V amends the United States Housing Act of 1937 to authorize the Secretary to set aside funds to establish a supported housing and rental assistance program modeled on the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program. The program would be administered with the Department of Veterans Affairs for the benefit of homeless Native American veterans and veterans at risk of homelessness. Title V also authorizes the Secretary of HUD to guarantee Indian housing loans through FY 2018 and authorizes appropriations for such guarantees.
Title VI extends the limit on the lease of trust or Indian restricted lands for housing purposes from 50 years to 99 years. Title VII establishes a demonstration program that requires a participating Indian tribe to select an investment partner and develop and implement an approved plan to address the tribe’s housing needs. Finally, Title VIII reauthorizes the Native Hawaiian Home Ownership Act and loan guarantees for Native Hawaiian housing.
CBO estimates that this legislation would cost approximately $2 billion over the next five years, assuming appropriation of the necessary funds.
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