PRINTER'S NO. 1687
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY BLAKE, BREWSTER, FERLO, WOZNIAK, KITCHEN, WASHINGTON, STACK, FONTANA, ERICKSON, TEPLITZ, TOMLINSON, SMITH, HUGHES, GREENLEAF, MENSCH, RAFFERTY, WAUGH, BOSCOLA, COSTA, FARNESE, KASUNIC AND WILLIAMS, JANUARY 13, 2014
REFERRED TO URBAN AFFAIRS AND HOUSING, JANUARY 13, 2014
5Section 1. Short title.
8Section 2. Definitions.
12"Agency." The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.
17"Financial assistance." The rental voucher established under
2"Homeless veteran." A veteran identified and determined by
3the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to be homeless
4or at imminent risk of becoming homeless according to guidelines
5established by the department.
21Section 3. Veterans' Housing Assistance Program.
7(1) Establish a housing ombudsman or contract with a
8nonprofit organization to provide housing location,
9relocation and stabilization services to homeless veterans,
10including negotiating lease agreements with public agencies
11or private landlords on behalf of a homeless veteran.
21Section 4. Enrollment.
22(a) Procedure.--A veteran may enroll in the program by
23filing an application with the department or the agency. A
24veteran shall be eligible for enrollment if the veteran meets
25all of the following:
15(i) Job training.
16(ii) Assistance in seeking employment.
19(iv) Credit counseling services and remediation.
20(v) Benefits advocacy.
21(vi) Money management.
22(vii) Parental skills and family support programs.
25Section 5. Financial assistance.
26(a) Rental voucher.--The agency may award financial
27assistance in accordance with section 3(c) to any veteran deemed
28to be in need of the assistance based on the veteran's personal
29finances. Financial assistance shall be awarded to an eligible
30veteran in the form of a housing rental voucher payable to the
6(c) Term.--Financial assistance shall be awarded to a
7veteran for the term of the lease executed between the veteran
8and the lessor or for 12 months from the effective date of the
9lease, whichever is less.
10Section 6. Renewal.
11A veteran receiving financial assistance under section 5 may
12seek an extension of the term of the financial assistance by
13filing an application with the department. In determining
14whether to extend the term of the financial assistance, the
15department shall consider the following concerning the
17(1) Employment status.
18(2) Personal finances.
21Section 7. Cooperation.
22The department and the agency may cooperate with the United
23States Department of Veterans Affairs or local public housing
24authorities to carry out the provisions of this act. At the
25discretion of the department and the agency, the cooperation may
26include coordinating the program with any existing Federal
27program that provides funding for housing for homeless veterans,
28including the United States Department of Housing and Urban
29Development and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)
1Section 8. Appropriations.
2(a) Agency.--The sum of $12,500,000 is appropriated from the
3General Fund to the agency for the period of July 1, 2014, to
4June 30, 2015, for purposes of providing financial assistance to
5homeless veterans and carrying out the agency's responsibilities
6under this act. Not more than $500,000 of the funds appropriated
7under this section may be used for administrative costs incurred
8by the agency to carry out this act.
9(b) Department.--The sum of $500,000 is appropriated from
10the General Fund to the department for the period of July 1,
112014, to June 30, 2015, for purposes of carrying out the
12department's responsibilities under this act.
13Section 20. Effective date.
14This act shall take effect in 60 days.