42 U.S. Code § 1437e - Designated housing for elderly and disabled families
(a) Authority to provide designated housing
(1) In general
Subject only to provisions of this section and notwithstanding any other provision of law, a public housing agency for which a plan under subsection (d) of this section is in effect may provide public housing projects (or portions of projects) designated for occupancy by
(2) Priority for occupancy
In determining priority for admission to public housing projects (or portions of projects) that are designated for occupancy as provided in paragraph (1), the public housing agency may make units in such projects (or portions) available only to the types of families for whom the project is designated.
(3) Eligibility of near-elderly families
If a public housing agency determines that there are insufficient numbers of elderly families to fill all the units in a project (or portion of a project) designated under paragraph (1) for occupancy by only elderly families, the agency may provide that near-elderly families may occupy dwelling units in the project (or portion).
(b) Standards regarding evictions
Except as provided in section 1437n (e)(1)(B)  of this title, any tenant who is lawfully residing in a dwelling unit in a public housing project may not be evicted or otherwise required to vacate such unit because of the designation of the project (or portion of a project) pursuant to this section or because of any action taken by the Secretary or any public housing agency pursuant to this section.
(c) Relocation assistance
A public housing agency that designates any existing project or building, or portion thereof, for occupancy as provided under subsection (a)(1) of this section shall provide, to each person and family who agrees to be relocated in connection with such designation—
(1) notice of the designation and an explanation of available relocation benefits, as soon as is practicable for the agency and the person or family;
(2) access to comparable housing (including appropriate services and design features), which may include tenant-based rental assistance under section 1437f of this title, at a rental rate paid by the tenant that is comparable to that applicable to the unit from which the person or family has vacated; and
(d) Required plan
A plan under this subsection for designating a project (or portion of a project) for occupancy under subsection (a)(1) of this section is a plan, prepared by the public housing agency for the project and submitted to the Secretary, that—
(1) establishes that the designation of the project is necessary—
(A) to achieve the housing goals for the jurisdiction under the comprehensive housing affordability strategy under section 12705 of this title; and
(2) includes a description of—
(D) how the design and related facilities (as such term is defined in section 1701q (d)(8)  of title 12) of the project accommodate the special environmental needs of the intended occupants; and
(E) any plans to secure additional resources or housing assistance to provide assistance to families that may have been housed if occupancy in the project were not restricted pursuant to this section.
For purposes of this subsection, the term “supportive services” means services designed to meet the special needs of residents.
(e) Review of plans
(1) Review and notification
The Secretary shall conduct a limited review of each plan under subsection (d) of this section that is submitted to the Secretary to ensure that the plan is complete and complies with the requirements of subsection (d) of this section. The Secretary shall notify each public housing agency submitting a plan whether the plan complies with such requirements not later than 60 days after receiving the plan. If the Secretary does not notify the public housing agency, as required under this paragraph or paragraph (2), the plan shall be considered, for purposes of this section, to comply with the requirements under subsection (d) of this section and the Secretary shall be considered to have notified the agency of such compliance upon the expiration of such 60-day period.
(2) Notice of reasons for determination of noncompliance
If the Secretary determines that a plan, as submitted, does not comply with the requirements under subsection (d) of this section, the Secretary shall specify in the notice under paragraph (1) the reasons for the noncompliance and any modifications necessary for the plan to meet such requirements.
(3) Standards for determination of noncompliance
The Secretary may determine that a plan does not comply with the requirements under subsection (d) of this section only if—
(4) Treatment of existing plans
Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, a public housing agency shall be considered to have submitted a plan under this subsection if the agency has submitted to the Secretary an application and allocation plan under this section (as in effect before March 28, 1996) that have not been approved or disapproved before March 28, 1996.
(1) 5-year effectiveness of original plan
A plan under subsection (d) of this section shall be in effect for purposes of this section during the 5-year period that begins upon notification under subsection (e)(1) of this section of the public housing agency that the plan complies with the requirements under subsection (d) of this section.
(2) Renewal of plan
Upon the expiration of the 5-year period under paragraph (1) or any 2-year period under this paragraph, an agency may extend the effectiveness of the designation and plan for an additional 2-year period (that begins upon such expiration) by submitting to the Secretary any information needed to update the plan. The Secretary may not limit the number of times a public housing agency extends the effectiveness of a designation and plan under this paragraph.
(3) Transition provision
Any application and allocation plan approved under this section (as in effect before March 28, 1996) before March 28, 1996, shall be considered to be a plan under subsection (d) of this section that is in effect for purposes of this section for the 5-year period beginning upon such approval.
(g) Inapplicability of Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisitions Policy Act of 1970
No tenant of a public housing project shall be considered to be displaced for purposes of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisitions Policy Act of 1970 [42 U.S.C. 4601 et seq.] because of the designation of any existing project or building, or portion thereof, for occupancy as provided under subsection (a) of this section.
 See References in Text note below.
Source(Sept. 1, 1937, ch. 896, title I, § 7, as added Pub. L. 93–383, title II, § 201(a),Aug. 22, 1974, 88 Stat. 662; amended Pub. L. 95–557, title IV, § 412,Oct. 31, 1978, 92 Stat. 2110; Pub. L. 100–242, title I, § 112(b)(3),Feb. 5, 1988, 101 Stat. 1824; renumbered title I, Pub. L. 100–358, § 5,June 29, 1988, 102 Stat. 681; amended Pub. L. 102–550, title VI, § 622(a),Oct. 28, 1992, 106 Stat. 3813; Pub. L. 104–99, title IV, § 402(d)(6)(A)(ii),Jan. 26, 1996, 110 Stat. 42; Pub. L. 104–120, § 10(a),Mar. 28, 1996, 110 Stat. 838; Pub. L. 104–330, title V, § 501(b)(4),Oct. 26, 1996, 110 Stat. 4042; Pub. L. 105–276, title V, § 595(d),Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2656.)
References in Text
Section 1437n (e)(1)(B) of this title, referred to in subsec. (b), was repealed by Pub. L. 105–276, title V, § 576(d)(2),Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2640.
Section 1701q of title 12, referred to in subsec. (d)(2)(D), was amended generally by Pub. L. 101–625, title VIII, § 801(a),Nov. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 4297, and, as so amended, does not contain a subsec. (d)(8) or a definition of the term “related facilities”.
The Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisitions Policy Act of 1970, referred to in subsec. (g), probably means the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policy Act of 1970, Pub. L. 91–646, Jan. 2, 1971, 84 Stat. 1894, as amended, which is classified principally to chapter 61 (§ 4601 et seq.) of this title. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 4601 of this title and Tables.
A prior section 7 of act Sept. 1, 1937, ch. 896, 50 Stat. 891, as amended, required publication of information and submission of annual report by the Authority and was classified to section 1407 of this title, prior to the general revision of this chapter by Pub. L. 93–383.
1998—Subsec. (h). Pub. L. 105–276struck out heading and text of subsec. (h). Text read as follows: “The provisions of this section shall not apply with respect to low-income housing developed or operated pursuant to a contract between the Secretary and an Indian housing authority.”
1996—Pub. L. 104–330, § 501(b)(4), which directed amendment of “subsection 7” of the United States Housing Act of 1937, probably meaning this section, by striking subsec. (l), could not be executed because this section does not contain a subsec. (l).
Pub. L. 104–120amended section generally, restating former subsecs. (a) to (g) relating to designated housing as subsecs. (a) to (h) relating to designated housing for elderly and disabled families.
Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 104–99, which directed the temporary amendment of par. (2) by substituting “in accordance with the written system of preferences for selection established pursuant to” for “according to the preferences for occupancy under”, could not be executed because of the amendment by Pub. L. 104–120which amended section generally retroactive to Oct. 1, 1995. See Effective and Termination Dates of 1996 Amendments note below.
1992—Pub. L. 102–550amended section generally, substituting present provisions for provisions relating to and defining “congregate housing” and providing for design, development, and acquisition of congregate housing for displaced or elderly families, limitation on amounts for contracts for congregate housing, and costs for central dining facilities.
1988—Pub. L. 100–242struck out “annual” before “contributions” in proviso.
1978—Pub. L. 95–557substituted “(1) low-rent housing which, as of January 1, 1979, was built or under construction, with which there is connected a central dining facility where wholesome and economical meals can be served to such occupants; or (2) low-rent housing constructed after, but not under construction prior to, January 1, 1979, connected with which there is a central dining facility to provide wholesome and economical meals for such occupants. Such occupants of congregate housing may also be provided with other supportive services appropriate to their needs under title IV of the Housing and Community Development Amendments of 1978” for “low-income housing (A) in which some or all of the dwelling units do not have kitchen facilities, and (B) connected with which there is a central dining facility to provide wholesome and economical meals for elderly and displaced families under terms and conditions prescribed by the public housing agency to permit a generally self-supporting operation”.
Effective and Termination Dates of 1996 Amendments
Amendment by Pub. L. 104–330effective Oct. 1, 1997, except as otherwise expressly provided, see section 107 ofPub. L. 104–330, set out as an Effective Date note under section 4101 of Title 25, Indians.
Amendment by Pub. L. 104–120to be construed to have become effective Oct. 1, 1995, notwithstanding the effective date of any regulations issued by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to implement amendments by sections 9 and 10 ofPub. L. 104–120or any failure by Secretary to issue any such regulations, see section 13 ofPub. L. 104–120, set out as a note under section 1437d of this title.
Amendment by Pub. L. 104–99effective Jan. 26, 1996, only for fiscal years 1996, 1997, and 1998, and to cease to be effective Oct. 21, 1998, see section 402(f) ofPub. L. 104–99, as amended, and section 514(f) ofPub. L. 105–276, set out as notes under section 1437a of this title.
Effective Date of 1992 Amendment
Amendment by subtitles B through F of title VI [§§ 621–685] of Pub. L. 102–550applicable upon expiration of 6-month period beginning Oct. 28, 1992, except as otherwise provided, see section 13642 of this title.
Inapplicability of Certain 1992 Amendments to Indian Public Housing