Representatives Earl Perlmutter (D-OR) and Steve Stivers (R-OH) reintroduced H.R. 233, a bill that would reduce the frequency of income recertifications for HUD rent assisted households whose income is at least 90% from fixed-income sources. Recertifications would be only every three years, instead of annually. Because a tenant’s share of rent is based on income, recertifications are done to make sure tenants are paying the correct amount of rent. The process can be time-consuming for tenants and housing authority staff.
The bill would allow the HUD Secretary to define “fixed income.” Various versions of rent assistance reform legislation have defined fixed income to include Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The bill was introduced on January 8 and referred to the House Committee on Financial Services. It is a reintroduction of an identical bill from the last Congress (see Memo, 12/8/14