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H.R. 2898 (ih) To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce to age 21 the minimum age for an individual without children to be eligible for the earned income credit. [Introduced in House] ...
108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 2897 To end homelessness in the United States. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES July 25, 2003 Ms. Carson of Indiana (for herself, Mr. Conyers, Mr. Kucinich, Ms. Lee, Mr. Gutierrez, Ms. Corrine Brown of Florida, Mr. Cummings, Ms. Jackson- Lee of Texas, Mr. Owens, Ms. Millender-McDonald, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Sanders, Mr. Wexler, Mr. Grijalva, Ms. Woolsey, Mr. Reyes, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Rangel, Ms. Majette, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, Mr. Evans, Mr. Payne, Mr. McDermott, Mr. Capuano, Mr. Weiner, Ms. McCollum, and Mr. Emanuel) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, Education and the Workforce, Government Reform, Veterans' Affairs, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To end homelessness in the United States. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE AND TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Bringing America Home Act''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title and table of contents. Sec. 2. Findings and purpose. TITLE I--RECOGNITION OF HOUSING AS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT Sec. 101. Recognition by societies, faiths, and organizations. Sec. 102. Establishment of goal to end homelessness. TITLE II--HOUSING SECURITY Sec. 201. Congressional findings. Subtitle A--Authorizations of Appropriations for Housing Programs Sec. 221. National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Sec. 222. Incremental rental assistance for 1,500,000 families. Sec. 223. Funding for HUD housing programs. Sec. 224. HUD rural housing and economic development program. Sec. 225. Rural housing programs. Sec. 226. Department of Veterans Affairs homeless comprehensive services programs. Sec. 227. Sense of Congress regarding appropriations for transitional housing assistance under Violence Against Women Act of 2000. Subtitle B--Federal Homelessness to Housing Mutual Mortgage Association Sec. 231. Short title and statement of purpose. Sec. 232. Establishment. Sec. 233. Powers and authorities. Sec. 234. Mutual housing operations. Sec. 235. Financing. Sec. 236. Relationship with other programs. Sec. 237. Oversight. Sec. 238. Protection of name. Sec. 239. Definitions. Sec. 240. Territorial applicability. Subtitle C--Use of Federal Surplus Property to Assist the Homeless Sec. 271. Use of Federal surplus property to assist the homeless. TITLE III--HOMELESS INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION Sec. 301. Preservation of public housing dwelling units under HOPE VI. Sec. 302. Right to new units of individuals and families displaced by HOPE VI projects. Sec. 303. Policies regarding homeless individuals and families in federally funded facilities. Sec. 304. Establishment of Emergency Rent Relief Fund. Sec. 305. Income exemptions. Sec. 306. Post office box and general delivery service for persons with no fixed address. Sec. 307. Grants to public housing police forces. Sec. 308. Temporary ex-offender low-income housing credit. Sec. 309. Escrow of tenant rent in cases of owner failure to maintain units assisted under section 8 rental assistance program. Sec. 310. Sense of Congress regarding local ordinances that disadvantage homeless persons. TITLE IV--ASSISTANCE UNDER MCKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESS ASSISTANCE ACT Sec. 401. Congressional purposes. Sec. 402. Definition of homeless individual. Subtitle A--Housing Assistance General Provisions Sec. 411. Definitions. Sec. 412. Community homeless assistance planning boards. Sec. 413. Technical assistance and performance reports. Sec. 414. Authorization of appropriations. Subtitle B--Emergency Shelter Grants Program Sec. 421. Grant assistance. Sec. 422. Amount and allocation of assistance. Sec. 423. Eligible activities. Sec. 424. Repeals. Subtitle C--Continuum of Care Program Sec. 431. Continuum of care. Sec. 432. Eligible activities. Sec. 433. Program requirements. Sec. 434. Allocation amounts and funding. Subtitle D--Repeals and Conforming Amendments Sec. 441. Repeals. Sec. 442. Conforming amendments. Sec. 443. Amendment to table of contents. TITLE V--PRESERVATION OF RESOURCES Sec. 501. Governors, mayors, cities, and counties housing advisory committees. Sec. 502. Mortgage interest deduction limited to $300,000 of debt on 1 home; repeal of deduction for home equity indebtedness; repeal of exclusion of gain on sale of principal residence. TITLE VI--HEALTH SECURITY Subtitle A--General Provisions Sec. 601. Findings; sense of Congress. Sec. 602. Sense of Congress regarding Medicaid expansion. Sec. 603. Authorizations of appropriations for certain programs. Subtitle B--Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Part 1--Mainstreasubpart a--discharge planning Services Programs Sec. 611. Aversubpart b--provision of appropriate services Sec. 616. Application of knowledge development findings to service subpart c--grantee planning, reporting, and capacity-building Sec. 621. Expansion of participation in grantee planning. Sec. 622. Documentation of needs of and establishing priorities for subpart d--designation of persons experiencing homelessness as priority population Sec. 626. Requiring grantees to direct funds to persons experiencing homelessness. Sec. 627. Prioritization of services for runaway, homeless, and street youth. Sec. 628. Definition of runaway, homeless, and street youth as high subpart e--federal program management Sec. 631. Establishment of Federal plan on addiction, mental illness, and homelessness. Parsubpart a--reauthorize, rename, and strengthen the grants for the ms benefit of homeless individuals program Sec. 641. Treatment and recovery initiative for persons experiencing subpart b--reauthorize and strengthen the projects for assistance in transition from homelessness (path) program Sec. 651. Expansion of required scope of services of PATH providers. Sec. 652. Encouragement of States to utilize health care for the homeless projects as PATH providers. Sec. 653. State descriptions of resource allocation process. Sec. 654. Federal report on PATH and homeless grant programs. Sec. 655. Clarification of target populations provision of PATH statute. Subtitle C--Amendments Regarding Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act of 1990 Part 1--Discharge Planning Sec. 661. Averting RWCA patient discharge into homelessness. Part 2--Provision of Appropriate Services Sec. 666. Amplification of scope of RWCA services. Sec. 667. Application of knowledge development findings to service delivery. Part 3--Grantee Planning, Reporting, and Capacity Building Sec. 671. Expansion of participation in grantee and contractor planning. Sec. 672. Development of knowledge to strengthen providers' capacity to offer homeless-competent services. Part 4--Designation of Homeless Persons As Priority Population Sec. 676. Priority for persons experiencing homelessness. Part 5--Federal Plan on HIV/AIDS and Homelessness Sec. 681. Federal plan on HIV/AIDS and homelessness. TITLE VII--ECONOMIC SECURITY Sec. 701. Sense of Congress regarding right to a living income. Sec. 702. Authorization of appropriations for homeless veterans reintegration program. Sec. 703. Availability of food stamp benefits to individuals who are homeless. Sec. 704. Amendments to Workforce Investment Act. Sec. 705. Homebuild program for affordable housing construction and apprenticeship. Sec. 706. Department of Labor apprenticeship program for working people experiencing homelessness. Sec. 707. Day laborer fairness and protection. Sec. 708. Social Security Administration outreach to homeless persons. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE. (a) Findings.--The Congress finds that-- (1) lack of affordable housing results in homelessness; (2) lack of consumer protections result in homelessness; (3) lack of access to health care results in homelessness; (4) lack of employment and wages commensurate with those in the local market results in homelessness; (5) lack of education results in homelessness; (6) homelessness offends the conscience of our Nation; (7) according to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, 4,900,000 households experience ``worst- case'' housing needs; (8) as of the date of the introduction of this bill, in no town, city, or State in our Nation can an individual or family working full time at minimum wage, or receiving assistance under the Supplemental Security Income program or under the program for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, afford a one- or two-bedroom apartment at the fair market rental rate established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development; (9) the Millennial Housing Commission reported that 28,000,000 households in the United States spent more than 30 percent their income on housing, and one in eight low-income working families earning minimum wage have to spend more than half their income on housing; (10) 42 percent of adults residing in homeless shelters across the United States are working; (11) 24 percent of clients of homeless shelters report they have needed medical attention in the past year but were unable to get it and 46 percent of such clients could not get access to a dentist when one was needed; (12) 55 percent of people experiencing homelessness in the United States have neither public nor private health insurance; (13) of the homeless individuals who suffer mental illness, it is estimated that only 5 to 7 percent require some form of institutionalization and the rest could live productively with proper assistance; (14) millions of Americans can not find work that pays a livable wage or can not find work at all and, therefore, cannot afford housing at market rent levels; (15) lack of affordable housing near job opportunities makes it difficult for poor parents to find and retain employment; (16) families without stable housing typically have to move often, making job retention difficult and forcing their children to change schools frequently; (17) at least 3,500,000 persons are likely to experience homelessness during a year in the United States, 39 percent of which are children; and (18) in its ``Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness in America's Cities'', the United States Conference of Mayors reports that requests for shelter by families with children went unmet 38 percent of the time in 2002. (b) Purpose.--The purpose of this Act is to end homelessness in the United States. TITLE I--RECOGNITION OF HOUSING AS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT SEC. 101. RECOGNITION BY SOCIETIES, FAITHS, AND ORGANIZATIONS. The Congress hereby acknowledges that the housing has been recognized as a basic human right by many and varied-- (1) religious and faith organizations; (2) States, cities, and counties; (3) national and local organizations; (4) international organizations, including the United Nations through its Declaration of Human Rights. SEC. 102. ESTABLISHMENT OF GOAL TO END HOMELESSNESS. The Congress hereby declares that-- (1) the Constitution of the United States of America guarantees every American the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness; (2) the exercise of such rights is contingent upon the fulfillment of basic needs crucial for the proper development of human life: food, clothing, shelter, medical care, work, and rest; and (3) it is a National goal to act in concord with the aforementioned rights and fulfill the basic human need of shelter by ending homelessness in the United States and to provide the security of a home to people in cases of sickness, inability to work, old age, unemployment, and in any other case
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