PRINTER'S NO. 74
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
109
Session of
2021
INTRODUCED BY PITTMAN, JANUARY 23, 2021
REFERRED TO URBAN AFFAIRS AND HOUSING, JANUARY 23, 2021
AN ACT
Amending the act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.343, No.176), entitled
"An act relating to the finances of the State government;
providing for cancer control, prevention and research, for
ambulatory surgical center data collection, for the Joint
Underwriting Association, for entertainment business
financial management firms, for private dam financial
assurance and for reinstatement of item vetoes; providing for
the settlement, assessment, collection, and lien of taxes,
bonus, and all other accounts due the Commonwealth, the
collection and recovery of fees and other money or property
due or belonging to the Commonwealth, or any agency thereof,
including escheated property and the proceeds of its sale,
the custody and disbursement or other disposition of funds
and securities belonging to or in the possession of the
Commonwealth, and the settlement of claims against the
Commonwealth, the resettlement of accounts and appeals to the
courts, refunds of moneys erroneously paid to the
Commonwealth, auditing the accounts of the Commonwealth and
all agencies thereof, of all public officers collecting
moneys payable to the Commonwealth, or any agency thereof,
and all receipts of appropriations from the Commonwealth,
authorizing the Commonwealth to issue tax anticipation notes
to defray current expenses, implementing the provisions of
section 7(a) of Article VIII of the Constitution of
Pennsylvania authorizing and restricting the incurring of
certain debt and imposing penalties; affecting every
department, board, commission, and officer of the State
government, every political subdivision of the State, and
certain officers of such subdivisions, every person,
association, and corporation required to pay, assess, or
collect taxes, or to make returns or reports under the laws
imposing taxes for State purposes, or to pay license fees or
other moneys to the Commonwealth, or any agency thereof,
every State depository and every debtor or creditor of the
Commonwealth," in emergency COVID-19 response, repealing
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provisions relating to Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Subarticle J of Article I-C of the act of April
9, 1929 (P.L.343, No.176), known as The Fiscal Code is repealed:
[SUBARTICLE J
PENNSYLVANIA HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY
Section 190-C. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this subarticle
shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Agency." The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.
"Eligible landlord." An individual or entity owning a place
of residence that leases the residence to an individual and that
experienced a loss of rental income because the lessee became
unemployed after March 1, 2020, or the lessee had their annual
household income reduced by 30% or more due to reduced work
hours and wages related to COVID-19. The loss of rental income
must be at least 30 days past due.
"Lessee." An individual who leases a place of residence in
which the individual will permanently reside.
Section 191-C. Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program.
(a) Establishment of program.--The agency shall establish
the COVID Relief - Mortgage and Rental Assistance Grant Program.
(b) Purpose of the program.--The program shall receive
applications from lessees, landlords, mortgagees and mortgagors
and award grants to eligible landlords and mortgagees in
accordance with this act.
(c) Use of funds.--Money appropriated to the Pennsylvania
Housing Finance Agency for COVID Relief - Mortgage and Rental
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Assistance shall be used to make grants under this subarticle.
(d) Allocation.--The agency shall allocate a minimum of
$150,000,000 of the funds received for use under this subarticle
for rental assistance grants.
(e) Guidelines.--The agency shall establish guidelines that
are consistent with the provisions of this subarticle within 30
days of the effective date of this section. The guidelines shall
be:
(1) submitted to the Legislative Reference Bureau for
publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin; and
(2) posted on the agency's publicly accessible Internet
website.
(f) (Reserved).
(g) Program requirements.--The following shall apply:
(1) An eligible lessee, mortgagor, landlord or mortgagee
shall submit to the agency the name of the lessee or
mortgagor from whom rental or mortgage payments are sought,
along with any additional information deemed necessary by the
agency to carry out the agency's responsibilities under this
section.
(2) Assistance may be awarded to lessors or mortgagees
on behalf of lessees or mortgagors who became unemployed
after March 1, 2020, or had their annual household income
reduced by 30% or more due to reduced work hours and wages
related to COVID-19.
(3) The agency shall develop an application for eligible
lessees, mortgagors, landlords or mortgagees to apply for
assistance under this section within 30 days of the effective
date of this section. The application shall include an
attestation by the landlord or mortgagee releasing the lessee
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or mortgagor of any remaining obligation for any past due or
future rent or mortgage payment for which the agency pays the
landlord or mortgagee. The application shall be made
available and posted on the agency's publicly accessible
Internet website and be in a form that can be completed and
returned by the lessee, mortgagor, landlord or mortgagee
electronically or through the United States mail. The
deadline for submitting applications to the agency shall be
September 30, 2020.
(4) The agency shall verify the name of the lessee or
mortgagor with the Department of Labor and Industry's Bureau
of Unemployment Compensation to ensure the lessee or
mortgagor became unemployed after March 1, 2020.
(5) The agency shall require any applicant seeking
assistance based on reduced work hours or wages related to
the coronavirus pandemic to submit information verifying such
information.
(6) The agency shall make payments only to lessors or
mortgagees.
(7) The agency shall make payments only on behalf of
households with an annualized current income of no more than
the upper limit of "median income" as defined in guidelines
published annually by the United States Department of Housing
and Urban Development.
(8) The agency shall notify each lessee or mortgagor of
the amount of payment made to the landlord or mortgagee on
the lessee's or mortgagor's behalf.
(9) The agency shall make payments as follows:
(i) For rental assistance, an amount equal to 100%
of the lessee's monthly rent, not to exceed $750 per
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month, for each month for which assistance is sought for
a maximum of six months. Payments shall be made no later
than November 30, 2020.
(ii) For mortgage assistance, an amount equal to
100% of the mortgagor's monthly mortgage, not to exceed
$1,000 per month, for each month for which assistance is
sought for a maximum of six months. Payments shall be
made no later than November 30, 2020.
(h) Report.--By December 31, 2020, the agency shall issue a
report to the chairperson and minority chairperson of the
Appropriations Committee of the Senate and the chairperson and
minority chairperson of the Appropriations Committee of the
House of Representatives and post the report on the agency's
publicly accessible Internet website. The report shall include
the following information:
(1) The total number of landlords who applied for
assistance under this section.
(2) The total number of mortgagees who applied for
assistance under this section.
(3) The total amount of assistance that was sought.
(4) The average amount of assistance that was applied
for under this section.
(5) The average amount of assistance that was provided
under this section.
(6) The total number of landlords and mortgagees who
received assistance under this section by county.
(7) The value of payments made by the agency under this
section by county.]
Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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