On December 6, Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY) introduced H.R. 3564, the Public Housing Tenants Respect Act of 2011. The bill is a re-introduction of H.R. 5914, which was not taken up after Mr. Rangel introduced it in the 111th Congress. H.R. 3564 would repeal the existing requirements for residents of public housing to engage in community service and to complete economic self-sufficiency programs.
The community service and program completion requirement was established by the 1998 Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act (QHWRA). The Act requires that each non-exempt adult member of a public housing household must commit eight hours each month to performing community service or participating in an economic self-sufficiency program. Public housing residents exempt from this requirement include those who are elderly, blind or have a disability; are working at least 30 hours a week; or are meeting the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) work requirements of their state.
Representatives Barney Frank (D-MA), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Mel Watt (D-NC) attempted to prohibit public housing agencies from using public housing funds to implement the community service requirements in 2009.
NLIHC has long opposed community service requirements for public housing residents.
H.R. 3564 was referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.