PRIOR PRINTER'S NO. 1687
PRINTER'S NO. 1948
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY BLAKE, BREWSTER, FERLO, WOZNIAK, KITCHEN, WASHINGTON, STACK, FONTANA, ERICKSON, TEPLITZ, TOMLINSON, SMITH, HUGHES, GREENLEAF, MENSCH, RAFFERTY, BOSCOLA, COSTA, FARNESE, KASUNIC, WILLIAMS, YUDICHAK, SOLOBAY AND BROWNE, 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.
3"Homeless veteran." A veteran identified and determined by
4the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to be homeless
5or at imminent risk of becoming homeless according to guidelines
6established by the department.
22Section 3. Veterans' Housing Assistance Program.
30(2) Coordinate with the agency to ensure that homeless
8(1) Establish a housing ombudsman or contract with a
9nonprofit organization to provide housing location,
10relocation and stabilization services to homeless veterans,
11including negotiating lease agreements with public agencies
12or private landlords on behalf of a homeless veteran.
22Section 4. Enrollment.
23(a) Procedure.--A veteran may enroll in the program by
24filing an application with the department or the agency. A
25veteran shall be eligible for enrollment if the veteran meets
26all of the following:
30(2) Cannot obtain adequate housing without the
1assistance of the department and the agency.
16(i) Job training.
17(ii) Assistance in seeking employment.
20(iv) Credit counseling services and remediation.
21(v) Benefits advocacy.
22(vi) Money management.
23(vii) Parental skills and family support programs.
26Section 5. Financial assistance.
27(a) Rental voucher.--The agency may award financial
28assistance in accordance with section 3(c) to any veteran deemed
29to be in need of the assistance based on the veteran's personal
30finances. Financial assistance shall be awarded to an eligible
7(c) Term.--Financial assistance shall be awarded to a
8veteran for the term of the lease executed between the veteran
9and the lessor or for 12 months from the effective date of the
10lease, whichever is less.
11Section 6. Renewal.
12A veteran receiving financial assistance under section 5 may
13seek an extension of the term of the financial assistance by
14filing an application with the department. In determining
15whether to extend the term of the financial assistance, the
16department shall consider the following concerning the
18(1) Employment status.
19(2) Personal finances.
22Section 7. Cooperation.
23The department and the agency may cooperate with the United
24States Department of Veterans Affairs or local public housing
25authorities to carry out the provisions of this act. At the
26discretion of the department and the agency, the cooperation may
27include coordinating the program with any existing Federal
28program that provides funding for housing for homeless veterans,
29including the United States Department of Housing and Urban
30Development and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)
2Section 8. Appropriations.
3(a) Agency.--The sum of $12,500,000 is appropriated from the
4General Fund to the agency for the period of July 1, 2014, to
5June 30, 2015, for purposes of providing financial assistance to
6homeless veterans and carrying out the agency's responsibilities
7under this act. Not more than $500,000 of the funds appropriated
8under this section may be used for administrative costs incurred
9by the agency to carry out this act.
10(b) Department.--The sum of $500,000 is appropriated from
11the General Fund to the department for the period of July 1,
122014, to June 30, 2015, for purposes of carrying out the
13department's responsibilities under this act.
14Section 20. Effective date.
15This act shall take effect in 60 days.