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108th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 3938

     To establish an Office of Housing Counseling to carry out the 
  responsibilities of the Department of Housing and Urban Development 
  regarding counseling on homeownership and rental housing issues, to 
establish a toll-free telephone number to provide referral to entities 
  providing such counseling, and to make grants to such entities for 
           providing such counseling, and for other purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             March 11, 2004

    Mr. Ney (for himself, Ms. Velazquez, and Mr. Scott of Georgia) 
 introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on 
                           Financial Services

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                                 A BILL


 
     To establish an Office of Housing Counseling to carry out the 
  responsibilities of the Department of Housing and Urban Development 
  regarding counseling on homeownership and rental housing issues, to 
establish a toll-free telephone number to provide referral to entities 
  providing such counseling, and to make grants to such entities for 
           providing such counseling, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Expanding Housing Opportunities 
Through Education and Counseling Act''.

SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFICE OF HOUSING COUNSELING.

    Section 4 of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act 
(42 U.S.C. 3533) is amended by adding at the end the following new 
subsection:
    ``(g) Office of Housing Counseling.--
            ``(1) Establishment.--There is established, in the Office 
        of the Secretary, the Office of Housing Counseling.
            ``(2) Director.--There is established the position of 
        Director of Housing Counseling. The Director shall be the head 
        of the Office of Housing Counseling and shall be appointed by 
        the Secretary. Such position shall be a career reserved 
        position in the Senior Executive Service.
            ``(3) Functions.--
                    ``(A) In general.--The Director shall have ultimate 
                responsibility within the Department, except for the 
                Secretary, for all activities and matters relating to 
                homeownership counseling and rental housing counseling, 
                including--
                            ``(i) research, grant administration, 
                        public outreach, and policy development 
                        relating to such counseling; and
                            ``(ii) establishment, coordination, and 
                        administration of all regulations, 
                        requirements, standards, and performance 
                        measures under programs and laws administered 
                        by the Department that relate to housing 
                        counseling, homeownership counseling (including 
                        maintenance of homes), mortgage-related 
                        counseling (including home equity conversion 
                        mortgages and credit protection options to 
                        avoid foreclosure), and rental housing 
                        counseling, including the requirements, 
                        standards, and performance measures relating to 
                        housing counseling.
                    ``(B) Specific functions.--The Director shall carry 
                out the functions assigned to the Director and the 
                Office under this section and any other provisions of 
                law. Such functions shall include establishing rules 
                necessary--
                            ``(i) for the counseling procedures under 
                        section 106(h)(1) of the Housing and Urban 
                        Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 
                        1701x(h)(1));
                            ``(ii) carrying out all other functions of 
                        the Secretary under section 106(h) of the 
                        Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 
                        including the establishment, operation, and 
                        publication of the availability of the toll-
                        free telephone number under paragraph (2) of 
                        such section;
                            ``(iii) carrying out section 5 of the Real 
                        Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 (12 
                        U.S.C. 2604) for mortgage information booklets 
                        prepared pursuant to such section;
                            ``(iv) carrying out the certification 
                        program under section 106(e) of the Housing and 
                        Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 
                        1701x(e));
                            ``(v) carrying out the assistance program 
                        under section 106(a)(4) of the Housing and 
                        Urban Development Act of 1968, including 
                        criteria for selection of applications to 
                        receive assistance;
                            ``(vi) carrying out any functions regarding 
                        predatory and unscrupulous lending practices 
                        relating to residential mortgage loans that the 
                        Secretary considers appropriate, which shall 
                        include conducting the study under section 6 of 
                        the Expanding Housing Opportunities Through 
                        Education and Counseling Act;
                            ``(vii) providing for operation of the 
                        advisory committee established under paragraph 
                        (4) of this subsection; and
                            ``(viii) collaborating with community-based 
                        organizations with expertise in the field of 
                        housing counseling.
            ``(4) Advisory committee.--
                    ``(A) In general.--The Secretary shall appoint an 
                advisory committee to provide advice and oversight 
                regarding the carrying out of the functions of the 
                Director.
                    ``(B) Members.--Such advisory committee shall 
                consist of not more than 12 individuals, and the 
                membership of the committee shall equally represent all 
                aspects of the mortgage and real estate industry, 
                including consumers.
                    ``(C) Terms.--Except as provided in subparagraph 
                (D), each member of the advisory committee shall be 
                appointed for a term of three years. Members may be 
                reappointed at the discretion of the Secretary.
                    ``(D) Terms of initial appointees.--As designated 
                by the Secretary at the time of appointment, of the 
                members first appointed to the advisory committee, four 
                shall be appointed for a term of one year and four 
                shall be appointed for a term of two years.
                    ``(E) Prohibition of pay; travel expenses.--Members 
                of the advisory committee shall serve without pay, but 
                shall receive travel expenses, including per diem in 
                lieu of subsistence, in accordance with applicable 
                provisions under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, 
                United States Code.
            ``(5) Scope of homeownership counseling.--In carrying out 
        the responsibilities of the Director, the Director shall ensure 
        that homeownership counseling provided by, in connection with, 
        or pursuant to any function, activity, or program of the 
        Department addresses the entire process of homeownership, 
        including the decision to purchase a home, the selection and 
        purchase of a home, issues arising during or affecting the 
        period of ownership of a home (including refinancing, default 
        and foreclosure, and other financial decisions), and the sale 
        or other disposition of a home.''.

SEC. 3. COUNSELING PROCEDURES.

    (a) In General.--Section 106 of the Housing and Urban Development 
Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701x), as amended by the preceding provisions 
of this Act, is further amended by adding at the end the following new 
subsection:
    ``(h) Procedures and Activities.--
            ``(1) Counseling procedures.--
                    ``(A) In general.--The Secretary shall establish, 
                coordinate, and monitor the administration by the 
                Department of Housing and Urban Development of the 
                counseling procedures for homeownership counseling and 
                rental housing counseling provided in connection with 
                any program of the Department, including all 
                requirements, standards, and performance measures that 
                relate to homeownership and rental housing counseling.
                    ``(B) Homeownership counseling.--For purposes of 
                this subsection and as used in the provisions referred 
                to in this subparagraph, the term `homeownership 
                counseling' means counseling related to homeownership 
                and residential mortgage loans. Such term includes 
                counseling related to homeownership and residential 
                mortgage loans that is provided pursuant to--
                            ``(i) section 105(a)(20) of the Housing and 
                        Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 
                        5305(a)(20));
                            ``(ii) in the United States Housing Act of 
                        1937--
                                    ``(I) section 9(e) (42 U.S.C. 
                                1437g(e));
                                    ``(II) section 8(y)(1)(D) (42 
                                U.S.C. 1437f(y)(1)(D));
                                    ``(III) section 18(a)(4)(D) (42 
                                U.S.C. 1437p(a)(4)(D));
                                    ``(IV) section 23(c)(4) (42 U.S.C. 
                                1437u(c)(4));
                                    ``(V) section 32(e)(4) (42 U.S.C. 
                                1437z-4(e)(4));
                                    ``(VI) section 33(d)(2)(B) (42 
                                U.S.C. 1437z-5(d)(2)(B));
                                    ``(VII) sections 302(b)(6) and 
                                303(b)(7) (42 U.S.C. 1437aaa-1(b)(6), 
                                1437aaa-2(b)(7)); and
                                    ``(VIII) section 304(c)(4) (42 
                                U.S.C. 1437aaa-3(c)(4));
                            ``(iii) section 302(a)(4) of the American 
                        Homeownership and Economic Opportunity Act of 
                        2000 (42 U.S.C. 1437f note);
                            ``(iv) sections 233(b)(2) and 258(b) of the 
                        Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing 
                        Act (42 U.S.C. 12773(b)(2), 12808(b));
                            ``(v) this section and section 101(e) of 
                        the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 
                        (12 U.S.C. 1701x, 1701w(e));
                            ``(vi) section 220(d)(2)(G) of the Low-
                        Income Housing Preservation and Resident 
                        Homeownership Act of 1990 (12 U.S.C. 
                        4110(d)(2)(G));
                            ``(vii) sections 422(b)(6), 423(b)(7), 
                        424(c)(4), 442(b)(6), and 443(b)(6) of the 
                        Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing 
                        Act (42 U.S.C. 12872(b)(6), 12873(b)(7), 
                        12874(c)(4), 12892(b)(6), and 12893(b)(6));
                            ``(viii) section 491(b)(1)(F)(iii) of the 
                        McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 
                        U.S.C. 11408(b)(1)(F)(iii));
                            ``(ix) sections 202(3) and 810(b)(2)(A) of 
                        the Native American Housing and Self-
                        Determination Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 4132(3), 
                        4229(b)(2)(A));
                            ``(x) in the National Housing Act--
                                    ``(I) in section 203 (12 U.S.C. 
                                1709), the penultimate undesignated 
                                paragraph of paragraph (2) of 
                                subsection (b), subsection (c)(2)(A), 
                                and subsection (r)(4);
                                    ``(II) subsections (a) and (c)(3) 
                                of section 237 (12 U.S.C. 1715z-2); and
                                    ``(III) subsections (d)(2)(B) and 
                                (m)(1) of section 255 (12 U.S.C. 1715z-
                                20);
                            ``(xi) section 502(h)(4)(B) of the Housing 
                        Act of 1949 (42 U.S.C. 1472(h)(4)(B)); and
                            ``(xii) section 508 of the Housing and 
                        Urban Development Act of 1970 (12 U.S.C. 1701z-
                        7).
                    ``(C) Rental housing counseling.--For purposes of 
                this subsection, the term `rental housing counseling' 
                means counseling related to rental of residential 
                property, which may include counseling regarding future 
                homeownership opportunities and providing referrals for 
                renters and prospective renters to entities providing 
                counseling and shall include counseling related to such 
                topics that is provided pursuant to--
                            ``(i) section 105(a)(20) of the Housing and 
                        Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 
                        5305(a)(20));
                            ``(ii) in the United States Housing Act of 
                        1937--
                                    ``(I) section 9(e) (42 U.S.C. 
                                1437g(e));
                                    ``(II) section 18(a)(4)(D) (42 
                                U.S.C. 1437p(a)(4)(D));
                                    ``(III) section 23(c)(4) (42 U.S.C. 
                                1437u(c)(4));
                                    ``(IV) section 32(e)(4) (42 U.S.C. 
                                1437z-4(e)(4));
                                    ``(V) section 33(d)(2)(B) (42 
                                U.S.C. 1437z-5(d)(2)(B)); and
                                    ``(VI) section 302(b)(6) (42 U.S.C. 
                                1437aaa-1(b)(6));
                            ``(iii) section 233(b)(2) of the Cranston-
                        Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (42 
                        U.S.C. 12773(b)(2));
                            ``(iv) section 106 of the Housing and Urban 
                        Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701x);
                            ``(v) section 422(b)(6) of the Cranston-
                        Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (42 
                        U.S.C. 12872(b)(6));
                            ``(vi) section 491(b)(1)(F)(iii) of the 
                        McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 
                        U.S.C. 11408(b)(1)(F)(iii));
                            ``(vii) sections 202(3) and 810(b)(2)(A) of 
                        the Native American Housing and Self-
                        Determination Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 4132(3), 
                        4229(b)(2)(A)); and
                            ``(viii) the rental assistance program 
                        under section 8 of the United States Housing 
                        Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f).
            ``(2) Toll-free telephone number and web site.--The 
        Secretary shall provide for the establishment, operation, and 
        publication of a language-appropriate toll-free telephone 
        number and a World Wide Web site through which persons 
        interested in homeownership or rental housing counseling 
        services may locate and obtain names and contact information of 
        persons and organizations certified under section 106(e) of the 
        Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 to provide such 

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