12 U.S. Code § 1701q–2 - Grants for conversion of elderly housing to assisted living facilities and other purposes
(a) Grant authority
The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development may make grants in accordance with this section to owners of eligible projects described in subsection (b) of this section for one or both of the following activities:
Substantial capital repairs to projects that are needed to rehabilitate, modernize, or retrofit aging structures, common areas, or individual dwelling units.
(A) Assisted living facilities
Activities designed to convert dwelling units in the eligible project to assisted living facilities for elderly persons.
(b) Eligible projects
An eligible project described in this subsection is a multifamily housing project that is—
(2) owned by a private nonprofit organization (as such term is defined in section 1701q of this title); and
Notwithstanding any other provision of this subsection or this section, an unused or underutilized commercial property may be considered an eligible project under this subsection, except that the Secretary may not provide grants under this section for more than three such properties. For any such projects, any reference under this section to dwelling units shall be considered to refer to the premises of such properties.
Applications for grants under this section shall be submitted to the Secretary in accordance with such procedures as the Secretary shall establish. Such applications shall contain—
(1) a description of the substantial capital repairs or the proposed conversion activities for either an assisted living facility or service-enriched housing for which a grant under this section is requested;
(2) the amount of the grant requested to complete the substantial capital repairs or conversion activities;
(3) a description of the resources that are expected to be made available, if any, in conjunction with the grant under this section; and
(d) Requirements for services
(1) Sufficient evidence of firm funding commitments
The Secretary may not make a grant under this section for conversion activities unless an application for a grant submitted pursuant to subsection (c) contains sufficient evidence, in the determination of the Secretary, of firm commitments for the funding of services to be provided in the assisted living facility or service-enriched housing, which may be provided by third parties.
(2) Required evidence
The Secretary shall require evidence that each recipient of a grant for service-enriched housing under this section provides relevant and timely disclosure of information to residents or potential residents of such housing relating to—
(A) the services that will be available at the property to each resident, including—
(iii) the identity of, and relevant information for, all agencies or organizations providing any services to residents, which agencies or organizations shall provide information regarding all procedures and requirements to obtain services, any charges or rates for the services, and the rights and responsibilities of the residents related to those services;
(e) Selection criteria
The Secretary shall select applications for grants under this section based upon selection criteria, which shall be established by the Secretary and shall include—
(1) in the case of a grant for substantial capital repairs, the extent to which the project to be repaired is in need of such repair, including such factors as the age of improvements to be repaired, and the impact on the health and safety of residents of failure to make such repairs;
(2) in the case of a grant for conversion activities, the extent to which the conversion is likely to provide assisted living facilities or service-enriched housing that are needed or are expected to be needed by the categories of elderly persons that the assisted living facility  service-enriched housing is intended to serve, with a special emphasis on very low-income elderly persons who need assistance with activities of daily living;
(3) the inability of the applicant to fund the repairs or conversion activities from existing financial resources, as evidenced by the applicant’s financial records, including assets in the applicant’s residual receipts account and reserves for replacement account;
(4) the extent to which the applicant has evidenced community support for the repairs or conversion, by such indicators as letters of support from the local community for the repairs or conversion and financial contributions from public and private sources;
(5) in the case of a grant for conversion activities, the extent to which the applicant demonstrates a strong commitment to promoting the autonomy and independence of the elderly persons that the assisted living facility or service-enriched housing is intended to serve;
(6) in the case of a grant for conversion activities, the quality, completeness, and managerial capability of providing the services which the assisted living facility or service-enriched housing intends to provide to elderly residents, especially in such areas as meals, 24-hour staffing, and on-site health care; and
(f) Section 8 project-based assistance
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a multifamily project which includes one or more dwelling units that have been converted to assisted living facilities or service-enriched housing using grants made under this section shall be eligible for project-based assistance under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 [42 U.S.C. 1437f], in the same manner in which the project would be eligible for such assistance but for the assisted living facilities or service-enriched housing in the project.
(2) Calculation of rent
For assistance pursuant to this subsection, the maximum monthly rent of a dwelling unit that is an assisted living facility or service-enriched housing with respect to which assistance payments are made shall not include charges attributable to services relating to assisted living.
For purposes of this section—
(1) the term “assisted living facility” has the meaning given such term in section 1715w (b) of this title;
(2) the term “service-enriched housing” means housing that—
(A) makes available through licensed or certified third party service providers supportive services to assist the residents in carrying out activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, eating, getting in and out of bed or chairs, walking, going outdoors, using the toilet, laundry, home management, preparing meals, shopping for personal items, obtaining and taking medication, managing money, using the telephone, or performing light or heavy housework, and which may make available to residents home health care services, such as nursing and therapy;
(B) includes the position of service coordinator, which may be funded as an operating expense of the property;
(C) provides separate dwelling units for residents, each of which contains a full kitchen and bathroom and which includes common rooms and other facilities appropriate for the provision of supportive services to the residents of the housing; and
(h) Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated for providing grants under this section such sums as may be necessary for fiscal year 2000.
 So in original. Probably should be followed by “or”.
 See References in Text note below.
Source(Pub. L. 86–372, title II, § 202b, as added and amended Pub. L. 106–74, title V, §§ 522, 523(b),Oct. 20, 1999, 113 Stat. 1103, 1105; Pub. L. 111–372, title III, § 301,Jan. 4, 2011, 124 Stat. 4082.)
References in Text
Section 1701 (q)(k) of this title, referred to in subsec. (g)(3), probably should be a reference to section 202(k) of this Act, which is classified to section 1701q (k) of this title.
Section was enacted as part of the Housing Act of 1959, and not as part of the National Housing Act which comprises this chapter.
2011—Pub. L. 111–372, § 301(a), inserted “and other purposes” after “assisted living facilities” in section catchline.
Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 111–372, § 301(b), designated existing provisions as subpar. (A), inserted heading, and added subpar. (B).
Subsec. (c)(1). Pub. L. 111–372, § 301(c), inserted “for either an assisted living facility or service-enriched housing” after “activities”.
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 111–372, § 301(d), amended subsec. (d) generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “The Secretary may not make a grant under this section for conversion activities unless the application contains sufficient evidence, in the determination of the Secretary, of firm commitments for the funding of services to be provided in the assisted living facility, which may be provided by third parties.”
Subsec. (e)(2). Pub. L. 111–372, § 301(e)(1), inserted “or service-enriched housing” after “facilities” and “service-enriched housing” after “facility”.
Subsec. (e)(5). Pub. L. 111–372, § 301(e)(2), inserted “or service-enriched housing” after “facility”.
Subsec. (e)(6). Pub. L. 111–372, § 301(e)(3), inserted “or service-enriched housing” after “facility”.
Subsec. (f)(1). Pub. L. 111–372, § 301(f)(1), inserted “or service-enriched housing” after “facilities” in two places.
Subsec. (f)(2). Pub. L. 111–372, § 301(f)(2), inserted “or service-enriched housing” after “facility”.
Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 111–372, § 301(g), amended subsec. (g) generally. Prior to amendment, subsec. (g) related to definitions for purposes of this section.
1999—Subsecs. (f) to (h). Pub. L. 106–74added subsec. (f) and redesignated former subsecs. (f) and (g) as (g) and (h), respectively.
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