On December 3, the House passed the Housing Assistance Efficiency Act (H.R. 2790) by a voice vote under “suspension of the rules,” a designation reserved for noncontroversial bills that can speed passage. H.R. 2790 would make permanent a provision that was included in HUD’s FY14 funding bill that allows private nonprofit organizations to administer permanent rental assistance through the Continuum of Care Program under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Under current law, only public housing agencies and state and local governments can administer this assistance. The bill also would require HUD to reallocate unspent funds annually rather than twice a year.
Representative Scott Peters (D-CA), the bill’s author, stated, “This bill removes a non-essential layer of red tape that will save money and allow people to get housing help more quickly. We must ensure that community experts at non-profits…are not hamstrung by federal inaction.”
Mr. Peter’s media release is at http://scottpeters.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-peters-bill-to-reduce-housing-assistance-red-tape-passes-house-of