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and site acquisition, or for any of the purposes set forth in sections 316, 2404, 2406, 8102, 8103, 8106, 8108, 8109, 8110, and 8122 of title 38, United States Code, where the estimated cost of a project is less than $4,000,000, $160,000,000, to remain available until expended, along with unobligated balances of previous Construction, minor projectsappropriations which are hereby made available for any project where the estimated cost is less than $4,000,000: Provided, That funds in this account shall be available for: (1) repairs to any of the nonmedical facilities under the jurisdiction or for the use of the Department which are necessary because of loss or damage caused by any natural disaster or catastrophe; and (2) temporary measures necessary to prevent or to minimize further loss by such causes.

PARKING REVOLVING FUND For the parking revolving fund as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 8109, income from fees collected, to remain available until expended, which shall be available for all authorized expenses except operations and maintenance costs, which will be funded from "Medical care". GRANTS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF STATE EXTENDED

CARE FACILITIES For grants to assist States to acquire or construct State nursing home and domiciliary facilities and to remodel, modify or alter existing hospital, nursing home and domiciliary facilities in State homes, for furnishing care to veterans as

authorized by 38 U.S.C. 8131-8137, $90,000,000, to remain available until expended. GRANTS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF STATE

VETERANS CEMETERIES For grants to aid States in establishing, expanding, or improving State veteran cemeteries as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 2408, $25,000,000, to remain available until expended.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) SEC. 101. Any appropriation for fiscal year 2000 for Compensation and pensions", "Readjustment benefits, and Veterans insurance and indemnities" may be transferred to any other of the mentioned appropriations.

SEC. 102. Appropriations available to the Department of Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2000 for salaries and expenses shall be available for services authorized by 5 U.S.C. 3109.

SEC. 103. No appropriations in this Act for the Department of Veterans Affairs (except the appropriations for "Construction, major projects, Construction, minor projects, and the Parking revolving fund) shall be available for the purchase of any site for or toward the construction of any new hospital or home.

SEC. 104. No appropriations in this Act for the Department of Veterans Affairs shall be available for hospitalization or examination of any persons (except beneficiaries entitled under the laws bestowing such benefits to veterans, and persons receiving such treatment under 5 U.S.C. 7901–7904 or 42 U.S.C. 5141–5204), unless reimbursement of cost is made to the Medical careaccount at such rates as may be fixed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

SEC. 105. Appropriations available to the Department of Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2000 for Compensation and pensions, Readjustment benefits, and Veterans insurance and indemnitiesshall be available for payment of prior year accrued obligations required to be recorded by law against the corresponding prior year accounts within the last quarter of fiscal year 1999.

SEC. 106. Appropriations accounts available to the Department of Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2000 shall be available to pay prior year obligations of corresponding prior year appropriations accounts resulting from title X of the Competitive Equality Banking Act, Public Law 100– 86, except that if such obligations are from trust fund accounts they shall be payable from "Compensation and pensions".

SEC. 107. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, during fiscal year 2000, the Secretary of

Veterans Affairs shall, from the National Service Life Insurance Fund (38 U.S.C. 1920), the Veterans' Special Life Insurance Fund (38 U.S.C. 1923), and the United States Government Life Insurance Fund (38 U.S.C. 1955), reimburse the General operating expenses" account for the cost of administration of the insurance programs financed through those accounts: Provided, That reimbursement shall be made only from the surplus earnings accumulated in an insurance program in fiscal year 2000, that are available for dividends in that program after claims have been paid and actuarially determined reserves have been set aside: Provided further, That if the cost of administration of an insurance program exceeds the amount of surplus earnings accumulated in that program, reimbursement shall be made only to the extent of such surplus earnings: Provided further, That the Secretary shall determine the cost of administration for fiscal year 2000, which is properly allocable to the provision of each insurance program and to the provision of any total disability income insurance included in such insurance program.

SEC. 108. (a) The Congress supports efforts to implement improvements in health care services for veterans in rural areas.

(b) REPORT REQUIRED.-(1) Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to the Committees on Veterans Affairs of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on the impact of the allocation of funds under the Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation (VERA) funding formula on the rural subregions of the health care system administered by the Veterans Health Administration.

(2) The report shall include the following:

(A) An assessment of impact of the allocation of funds under the VERA formula on

(i) travel times to veterans health care in rural areas,

(ii) waiting periods for appointments for veterans health care in rural areas;

(iii) the cost associated with additional community-based outpatient clinics,

(iv) transportation costs, and

(v) the unique challenges that Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers in rural, lowpopulation subregions face in attempting to increase efficiency without large economies of scale.

(B) The recommendations of the Secretary, if any, on how rural veterans' access to health care services might be enhanced.

SEC. 109. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may carry out a major medical facility project to renovate and construct facilities at the Olin E. Teague Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Temple, Texas, for a joint venture Cardiovascular Institute, in an amount not to exceed $11,500,000. In order to carry out that project, the amount of $11,500,000 appropriated for fiscal year 1998 and programmed for the renovation of Building 9 at the Waco, Texas, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center is hereby made available for that project.

SEC. 110. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available in this Act for the Medical Care appropriation of the Department of Veterans Affairs may be obligated for the realignment of the health care delivery system in VISN 12 until 60 days after the Secretary of Veterans Affairs certifies that the Department has: (1) consulted with veterans organizations, medical school affiliates, employee representatives, State veterans and health associations, and other interested parties with respect to the realignment plan to be implemented; and (2) made available to the Congress and the public information from the consultations regarding possible impacts on the accessibility of veterans health care services to affected veterans.

TITLE 11-DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND

URBAN DEVELOPMENT
PUBLIC AND INDIAN HOUSING

HOUSING CERTIFICATE FUND

(INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS) For activities and assistance to prevent the involuntary displacement of low-income families, the elderly and the disabled because of the loss of affordable housing stock, expiration of subsidy contracts (other than contracts for which amounts are provided under another heading in this Act) or expiration of use restrictions, or other changes in housing assistance arrangements, and for other purposes, $11,376,695,000 and amounts that are recaptured in this account, and recaptured under the appropriation for Annual contributions for assisted housing, to remain available until expended: Provided, That of the total amount provided under this heading, $10,990,135,000, of which $6,790,135,000 shall be available on October 1, 1999 and $4,200,000,000 shall be available on October 1, 2000, shall be for assistance under the United States Housing Act of 1937 (the Actherein) (42 U.S.C. 1437) for use in connection with expiring or terminating section 8 subsidy contracts, for amendments to section 8 subsidy contracts, for enhanced vouchers (including amendments and renewals) under any provision of law authorizing such assistance under section 8(t) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (47 U.S.C. 1437f(t)), as added by section 538 of title V of this Act, and contracts entered into pursuant to section 441 of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act: Provided further, That amounts available under the first proviso under this heading may be available for section 8 rental assistance under the United States Housing Act of 1937: (1) to relocate residents of properties: (A) that are owned by the Secretary and being disposed of; or (B) that are discontinuing section 8 project-based assistance; (2) for relocation and replacement housing for units that are demolished or disposed of: (A) from the public housing inventory (in addition to amounts that may be available for such purposes under this and other headings); or (B) pursuant to section 24 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 or to other authority for the revitalization of severely distressed public housing, as set forth in the Appropriations Acts for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies for fiscal years 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1997, and in the Omnibus Consolidated Rescissions and Appropriations Act of 1996; (3) for the conversion of section 23 projects to assistance under section 8; (4) for funds to carry out the family unification program; (5) for the relocation of witnesses in connection with efforts to combat crime in public and assisted housing pursuant to a request from a law enforcement or prosecution agency; and (6) for the 1-year renewal of section 8 contracts for units in a project that is subject to an approved plan of action under the Emergency Low Income Housing Preservation Act of 1987 or the Low-Income Housing Preservation and Resident Homeownership Act of 1990: Provided further, That of the total amount provided under this heading, $40,000,000 shall be made available to nonelderly disabled families affected by the designation of a public housing development under section 7 of such Act, the establishment of preferences in accordance with section 651 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992 (42 U.S.C. 13611), or the restriction of occupancy to elderly families in accordance with section 658 of such Act, and to the extent the Secretary determines that such amount is not needed to fund applications for such affected families, to other nonelderly disabled families: Provided further, That amounts available under this heading may be made available for administrative fees and other expenses to cover the cost of administering rental assistance programs under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937: Provided further, That the fee otherwise authorized under

section 8(q) of such Act shall be determined in under section 9(h) of such Act, and for lease ad available until expended of which the Secretary accordance with section 8(q), as in effect imme justments to section 23 projects: Provided fur may use up to $10,000,000 for technical assistdiately before the enactment of the Quality ther, That no funds may be used under this ance and contract expertise, to be provided diHousing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998: heading for the purposes specified in section rectly or indirectly by grants, contracts or coopProvided further, That all balances for the sec 9(K) of the United States Housing Act of 1937: erative agreements, including training and cost tion 8 rental assistance, section 8 counseling, Provided further, That of the total amount, up of necessary travel for participants in such section 8 new construction, section 8 substantial to $75,000,000 shall be available for the Secretary training, by or to officials and employees of the rehabilitation, relocation/replacement/demoli of Housing and Urban Development to make Department and of public housing agencies and tion, section 23 conversions, rental and disaster grants to public housing agencies for emergency to residents: Provided, That none of such funds vouchers, loan management set-aside, section capital needs resulting from emergencies and shall be used directly or indirectly by granting 514 technical assistance, and other programs natural disasters in fiscal year 2000: Provided competitive advantage in awards to settle litigapreviously funded within the "Annual Con further, That all balances for debt service for tion or pay judgments, unless expressly pertributionsaccount shall be transferred to this Public and Indian Housing and Public and In mitted herein: Provided further, That of the account, to be available for the purposes for dian Housing Grants previously funded within amount provided under this heading, $1,200,000 which they were originally appropriated: Pro the Annual Contributions for Assisted Hous

shall be contracted through the Secretary to be vided further, That all balances in the Section ingaccount shall be transferred to this ac

used by the Urban Institute to conduct an inde8 Reserve Preservationaccount shall be trans count, to be available for the purposes for which pendent study on the long-term effects of the ferred to this account, to be available for the they were originally appropriated.

HOPE VI program on former residents of dispurposes for which they were originally appro

PUBLIC HOUSING OPERATING FUND

tressed public housing developments. priated: Provided further, That the unexpended

(INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

NATIVE AMERICAN HOUSING BLOCK GRANTS amounts previously appropriated for special For payments to public housing agencies for

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) purpose grants within the Annual Contribu the operation and management of public houstions for Assisted Housingaccount shall be re ing, as authorized by section 9(e) of the United

For the Native American Housing Block captured and transferred to this account, to be States Housing Act of 1937, as amended (42

Grants program, as authorized under title I of available for assistance under the Act for use in U.S.C. 1437g), $3,138,000,000, to remain available

the Native American Housing Assistance and connection with expiring or terminating section until expended: Provided, That no funds may be

Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) 8 subsidy contracts: Provided further, That of used under this heading for the purposes speci

(Public Law 104-330), $620,000,000, to remain the amounts previously appropriated for prop fied in section 9(k) of the United States Housing

available until expended, of which $2,000,000 erty disposition within the "Annual Contribu

shall be contracted through the Secretary as Act of 1937. tions for Assisted Housingaccount, up to

technical assistance and capacity building to be

DRUG ELIMINATION GRANTS FOR LOW-INCOME $79,000,000 shall be transferred to this account,

used by the National American Indian Housing

HOUSING to be available for assistance under the Act for For grants to public housing agencies and In

Council in support of the implementation of use in connection with expiring or terminating dian tribes and their tribally designated housing

NAHASDA and up to $4,000,000 by the Secretary section 8 subsidy contracts: Provided further, entities for use in eliminating crime in public

to support the inspection of Indian housing That of the unexpended amounts previously ap housing projects authorized by 42 U.S.C. 11901–

units, contract expertise, training, and technical propriated for carrying out the Low-Income

assistance in the oversight and management of 11908, for grants for federally assisted low-inHousing Preservation and Resident Homeowner come housing authorized by 42 U.S.C. 11909, and

Indian housing and tenant-based assistance, inship Act of 1990 and the Emergency Low Income for drug information clearinghouse services au

cluding up to $200,000 for related travel: ProHousing Preservation Act of 1987, other than thorized by 42 U.S.C. 11921–11925, $310,000,000,

vided, That of the amount provided under this amounts made available for rental assistance, to remain available until expended: Provided,

heading, $6,000,000 shall be made available for within the "Annual Contributions for Assisted That of the total amount provided under this

the cost of guaranteed notes and other obligaHousingand Preserving Existing Housing In heading, up to $4,500,000 shall be solely for tech

tions, as authorized by title VI of NAHASDA: vestmentsaccounts, shall be recaptured and nical assistance, technical assistance grants,

Provided further, That such costs, including the transferred to this account, to be available for

costs of modifying such notes and other obligatraining, and program assessment for or on beassistance under the Act for use in connection half of public housing agencies, resident organi

tions, shall be as defined in section 502 of the with expiring or terminating section 8 subsidy zations, and Indian tribes and their tribally des

Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as amended: contracts: Provided further, That of the total

Provided further, That these funds are available ignated housing entities (including up to amount provided under this heading, $150,000 for the cost of necessary travel for par

to subsidize the total principal amount of any $346,560,000 shall be made available for increticipants in such training): Provided further,

notes and other obligations, any part of which mental vouchers under section 8 of the United That of the amount provided under this head

is to be guaranteed, not to exceed $54,600,000: States Housing Act of 1937 on a fair share basis ing, $10,000,000 shall be used in connection with

Provided further, That for administrative exand administered by public housing agencies: efforts to combat violent crime in public and as

penses to carry out the guaranteed loan proProvided further, That of the balances remain sisted housing under the Operation Safe Home

gram, up to $200,000 from amounts in the first ing from funds appropriated under this heading Program administered by the Inspector General

proviso, which shall be transferred to and or the heading "Annual Contributions for Asof the Department of Housing and Urban Devel

merged with the appropriation for Salaries and sisted Housingduring fiscal year 2000 and opment: Provided further, That of the amount

expenses, to be used only for the administraprior years, $2,243,000,000 is rescinded: Provided

tive costs of these guarantees. under this heading, $10,000,000 shall be provided further, That of the amount rescinded under the to the Office of Inspector General for Operation

INDIAN HOUSING LOAN GUARANTEE FUND previous proviso, $1,300,000,000 shall be from Safe Home: Provided further, That of the

PROGRAM ACCOUNT amounts recaptured and the Secretary shall amount under this heading, $20,000,000 shall be

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) have discretion to specify the amounts to be re available for a program named the New Ap

For the cost of guaranteed loans, as authorscinded from each of the foregoing accounts, proach Anti-Drug program which will provide

ized by section 184 of the Housing and Commu$505,000,000 shall be from unobligated balances, competitive grants to entities managing or oper nity Development Act of 1992 (106 Stat. 3739), and $438,000,000 shall be from amounts that ating public housing developments, federally as $6,000,000, to remain available until expended: were appropriated in fiscal year 1999 and prior sisted multifamily housing developments, or

Provided, That such costs, including the costs of years for section 8 assistance including assist other multifamily housing developments for low

modifying such loans, shall be as defined in secance to relocate residents of properties that are income families supported by non-Federal gov tion 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, owned by the Secretary and being disposed of or ernmental entities or similar housing develop

as amended: Provided further, That these funds that are discontinuing section 8 project-based ments supported by nonprofit private sources in are available to subsidize total loan principal, assistance, for relocation and replacement hous order to provide or augment security (including

any part of which is to be guaranteed, not to ering for units that are demolished or disposed of personnel costs), to assist in the investigation ceed $71,956,000. from the public housing inventory, and for en and/or prosecution of drug related criminal ac

In addition, for administrative expenses to hanced vouchers as provided under the Pre tivity in and around such developments, and to serving Existing Housing Investment" account

carry out the guaranteed loan program, up to provide assistance for the development of capital

$150,000 from amounts in the first paragraph, in the Departments of Veterans Affairs and improvements at such developments directly re

which shall be transferred to and merged with Housing and Urban Development, and Inde lating to the security of such developments: Pro1997

the appropriation for Salaries and expenses, pendent Agencies Appropriations Act, vided further, That grants for the New Ap

to be used only for the administrative costs of (Public Law 104–204). proach Anti-Drug program shall be made on a

these guarantees. PUBLIC HOUSING CAPITAL FUND

competitive basis as specified in section 102 of (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT the Department of Housing and Urban DevelopFor the Public Housing Capital Fund Program ment Reform Act of 1989.

HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH AIDS to carry out capital and management activities REVITALIZATION OF SEVERELY DISTRESSED PUBLIC For carrying out the Housing Opportunities for public housing agencies, as authorized

HOUSING (HOPE VI)

for Persons with AIDS program, as authorized under section 9 of the United States Housing For grants to public housing agencies for dem by the AIDS Housing Opportunity Act (42 Act of 1937, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1437), olition, site revitalization, replacement housing, U.S.C. 12901), $232,000,000, to remain available $2,900,000,000, to remain available until ex and tenant-based assistance grants to projects until expended: Provided, That the Secretary pended: Provided, That of the total amount, up as authorized by section 24 of the United States may use up to 0.75 percent of the funds under to $75,000,000 shall be for carrying out activities Housing Act of 1937, $575,000,000 to remain this heading for technical assistance.

RURAL HOUSING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

For the Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, $25,000,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, That of the amount under this heading, up to $3,000,000 shall be used to develop capacity at the State and local level for developing rural housing and for rural economic development and for maintaining a clearinghouse of ideas for innovative strategies for rural housing and economic development and revitalization: Provided further, That of the amount under this heading, at least $22,000,000 shall be awarded by June 1, 2000 to Indian tribes, State housing finance agencies, State community and/or economic development agencies, local rural nonprofits and community development corporations to support innovative housing and economic development activities in rural areas: Provided further, That all grants shall be awarded on a competitive basis as specified in section 102 of the HUD Reform Act. AMERICA'S PRIVATE INVESTMENT COMPANIES

PROGRAM ACCOUNT (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) For the cost of guaranteed loans under the America's Private Investment Companies Program, $20,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2002: Provided, That such costs, including the cost of modifying loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as amended: Provided further, That these funds are available to subsidize total loan principal, any part of which is guaranteed, not to exceed $541,000,000: Provided further, That the funds appropriated under this heading shall not be available for obligation until the America's Private Investment Companies Program is authorized by subsequent legislation and the program is developed subject to notice and comment rulemaking: Provided further, That if the authorizing legislation is not enacted by June 30, 2000, all funds under this heading shall be transferred to and merged with the appropriation for the "Community development financial institutions fund program accountto be available for use as grants and loans under that account.

URBAN EMPOWERMENT ZONES For grants in connection with a second round of the empowerment zones program in urban areas, designated by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in fiscal year 1999 pursuant to the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, $55,000,000 to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for "Urban Empowerment Zones", including $3,666,000 for each empowerment zone for use in conjunction with economic development activities consistent with the strategic plan of each empowerment zone, to remain available until expended.

RURAL EMPOWERMENT ZONES For grants for the rural empowerment zone and enterprise communities programs, as designated by the Secretary of Agriculture, $15,000,000 to the Secretary of Agriculture for grants for designated empowerment zones in rural areas and for grants for designated rural enterprise communities, to remain available until expended. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS

(INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS) For grants to States and units of general local government and for related expenses, not otherwise provided for, to carry out a community development grants program as authorized by title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended (the "Actherein) (42 U.S.C. 5301), $4,800,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2002:

2002: Provided That $67,000,000 shall be for grants to Indian tribes notwithstanding section 106(a)(1) of such Act, $3,000,000 shall be available as a grant to the Housing Assistance Council, $2,200,000 shall be available as a grant to the National American Indian Housing Council, and $41,500,000 shall

be for grants pursuant to section 107 of the Act Of the amount made available under this
including $2,000,000 to support Alaska Native heading, $30,000,000 shall be available for neigh-
serving institutions and native Hawaiian serv borhood initiatives.
ing institutions, as defined under the Higher Of the amount made available under this
Education Act, as amended: Provided further, heading, notwithstanding any other provision
That $20,000,000 shall be for grants pursuant to of law, $42,500,000 shall be available for
the Self Help Housing Opportunity Program: Youth Build program activities authorized by
Provided further, That not to exceed 20 percent subtitle D of title IV of the Cranston-Gonzalez
of any grant made with funds appropriated National Affordable Housing Act, as amended,
herein (other than a grant made available in and such activities shall be an eligible activity
this paragraph to the Housing Assistance Coun with respect to any funds made available under
cil or the National American Indian Housing this heading: Provided, That local Youth Build
Council, or a grant using funds under section programs that demonstrate an ability to leverage
107(b)(3) of the Housing and Community Devel private and nonprofit funding shall be given a
opment Act of 1974, as amended) shall be ex priority for Youth Build funding: Provided fur-
pended for Planning and Management Devel ther, That of the amount provided under this
opment" and "Administration" as defined in paragraph, $2,500,000 shall be set aside and
regulations promulgated by the Department: made available for a grant to Youthbuild USA
Provided further, That all balances for the Eco for capacity building for community develop-
nomic Development Initiative grants program, ment and affordable housing activities as speci-
the John Heinz Neighborhood Development pro fied in section 4 of the HUD Demonstration Act
gram, grants to Self Help Housing Opportunity of 1993, as amended.
program, and the Moving to Work Demonstra of the amount made available under this
tion program previously funded within the An heading, $275,000,000 shall be available for
nual Contributions for Assisted Housingac grants for the Economic Development Initiative
count shall be transferred to this account, to be (EDI) to finance a variety of economic develop-
available for the purposes for which they were ment efforts, including $240,000,000 for making
originally appropriated.

individual grants for targeted economic investOf the amount made available under this

ments in accordance with the terms and condiheading, $23,750,000 shall be made available for

tions specified for such grants in the statement

of the managers of the committee of conference capacity building, of which $20,000,000 shall be

accompanying this Act. made available for "Capacity Building for Com

for the cost of guaranteed loans, $29,000,000, munity Development and Affordable Housing,

as authorized by section 108 of the Housing and for LISC and the Enterprise Foundation for activities as authorized by section 4 of the HUD

Community Development Act of 1974: Provided,

That such costs, including the cost of modifying Demonstration Act of 1993 (Public Law 103-120),

such loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of as in effect immediately before June 12, 1997,

the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as amendwith not less than $4,000,000 of the funding to be

ed: Provided further that these funds are used in rural areas, including tribal areas, and

available to subsidize total loan principal, any of which $3,750,000 shall be made available to

part of which is to be guaranteed, not to exceed Habitat for Humanity International.

$1,261,000,000, notwithstanding any aggregate Of the amount made available under this limitation on outstanding obligations guaranheading, the Secretary of Housing and Urban teed in section 108(k) of the Housing and ComDevelopment may use up to $55,000,000 for sup munity Development Act of 1974: Provided furportive services for public housing residents, as ther, That in addition, for administrative erauthorized by section 34 of the United States penses to carry out the guaranteed loan proHousing Act of 1937, as amended, and for grants gram, $1,000,000, which shall be transferred to for service coordinators and congregate services and merged with the appropriation for "Salaries for the elderly and disabled residents of public and expenses". and assisted housing: Provided further, That The Secretary is directed to transfer the adamounts made available for congregate services ministration of the small cities component of the and service coordinators for the elderly and dis Community Development Block Grant Program abled under this heading and in prior fiscal for the funds allocated for the State of New years may be used by grantees to reimburse York under section 106(d) of the Housing and themselves for costs incurred in connection with Community Development Act of 1974 for fiscal providing service coordinators previously ad year 2000 and all fiscal years thereafter to the vanced by grantees out of other funds due to State of New York to be administered by the delays in the granting by or receipt of funds Governor of New York. from the Secretary, and the funds so made

BROWNFIELDS REDEVELOPMENT available to grantees for congregate services or For Economic Development Grants, as authorservice coordinators under this heading or in ized by section 108(q) of the Housing and Comprior years shall be considered as expended by munity Development Act of 1974, as amended, the grantees upon such reimbursement. The Sec

for Brownfields redevelopment projects, retary shall not condition the availability of

$25,000,000, to remain available until expended: funding made available under this heading or in Provided, That the Secretary of Housing and prior years for congregate services or service co

Urban Development shall make these grants ordinators upon any grantee's obligation or er available on a competitive basis as specified in penditure of any prior funding.

section 102 of the Department of Housing and of the amount made available under this Urban Development Reform Act of 1989. heading, $30,000,000 shall be available for neigh HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM borhood initiatives that are utilized to improve For the HOME investment partnerships prothe conditions of distressed and blighted areas gram, as authorized under title II of the Cranand neighborhoods, to stimulate investment, ston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act economic diversification, and community revi (Public Law 101-625),

amended, talization in areas with population outmigration $1,600,000,000, to remain available until eror a stagnating or declining economic base, or to pended: Provided, That up to $15,000,000 of determine whether housing benefits can be inte these funds shall be available for Housing grated more effectively with welfare reform ini Counseling under section 106 of the Housing tiatives: Provided, that any unobligated bal and Urban Development Act of 1968: Provided ances of amounts set aside for neighborhood ini further, That $2,000,000 of these funds shall be tiatives in fiscal years 1998 and 1999 may be uti made available as a grant to the National Houslized for any of the foregoing purposes: Provided ing Development Corporation for a program of further, That of the amount set aside for fiscal housing acquisition and rehabilitation: Provided year 2000 under this paragraph, $23,000,000 shall further, That all Housing Counseling program be used for grants specified in the statement of balances previously appropriated in the Housthe Managers of the Committee of Conference ing Counseling Assistanceaccount shall be accompanying this Act.

transferred to this account, to be available for

as

the purposes for which they were originally ap determines is not necessary to achieve the objec ceed $20,000,000 shall be for loans to nonprofit propriated.

tives of these programs, or that otherwise im and governmental entities in connection with HOMELESS ASSISTANCE GRANTS

pedes the ability to develop, operate or admin the sale of single-family real properties owned For the emergency shelter grants program (as ister projects assisted under these programs, and by the Secretary and formerly insured under authorized under subtitle B of title IV of the may make provision for alternative conditions or such Act. Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, terms where appropriate.

In addition, for administrative expenses necas amended); the supportive housing program

FLEXIBLE SUBSIDY FUND

essary to carry out the guaranteed and direct (as authorized under subtitle C of title IV of

(TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

loan programs, $211,455,000 (including not to exsuch Act); the section 8 moderate rehabilitation

From the Rental Housing Assistance Fund, all

ceed $147,000,000 from unobligated balances presingle room occupancy program (as authorized uncommitted balances of excess rental charges

viously appropriated under this heading), of under the United States Housing Act of 1937, as

which $193,134,000, shall be transferred to the as of September 30, 1999, and any collections amended) to assist homeless individuals pursumade during fiscal year 2000, shall be trans

appropriation for Salaries and expenses"; and ant to section 441 of the Stewart B. McKinney ferred to the Flexible Subsidy Fund, as author

of which $18,321,000 shall be transferred to the Homeless Assistance Act; and the shelter plus ized by section 236(g) of the National Housing

appropriation for the Office of Inspector Gencare program (as authorized under subtitle F of Act, as amended.

eral. In addition, for administrative contract extitle IV of such Act), $1,020,000,000, to remain

penses necessary to carry out the guaranteed

FEDERAL HOUSING ADMINISTRATION available until expended: Provided, That not

and direct loan programs, $144,000,000: Proless than 30 percent of these funds shall be used FHA-MUTUAL MORTGAGE INSURANCE PROGRAM

vided, That to the extent guaranteed loan comfor permanent housing, and all funding for

ACCOUNT

mitments exceed $7,263,000,000 on or before April services must be matched by 25 percent in fund

(INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

1, 2000, an additional $19,800 for administrative ing by each grantee: Provided further, That the During fiscal year 2000, commitments to guar contract expenses shall be available for each Secretary of Housing and Urban Development antee loans to carry out the purposes of section $1,000,000 in additional guaranteed loan comshall conduct a review of any balances of 203(b) of the National Housing Act, as amended, mitments over $7,263,000,000 (including a pro amounts provided under this heading in any shall not

exceed a loan principal of rata amount for any increment below previous appropriations Acts that have been ob $140,000,000,000.

$1,000,000), but in no case shall funds made ligated but remain unexpended and shall During fiscal year 2000, obligations to make available by this proviso exceed $14,400,000. deobligate any such amounts that the Secretary direct loans to carry out the purposes of section

GOVERNMENT NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION determines were obligated for contracts that are 204(g) of the National Housing Act, as amended,

GUARANTEES OF MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITIES unlikely to be performed and award such shall not exceed $100,000,000: Provided, That the

LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM ACCOUNT amounts during this fiscal year: Provided fur foregoing amount shall be for loans to nonprofit ther, That up to 1 percent of the funds appro and governmental entities in connection with

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) priated under this heading may be used for sales of single family real properties owned by

During fiscal year 2000, new commitments to technical assistance: Provided further, That all the Secretary and formerly insured under the issue guarantees to carry out the purposes of balances previously appropriated in the Emer Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund.

section 306 of the National Housing Act, as gency Shelter Grants", "Supportive Housing, For administrative expenses necessary to

amended (12 U.S.C. 1721(g)), shall not exceed Supplemental Assistance for Facilities to Assist carry out the guaranteed and direct loan pro

$200,000,000,000. the Homeless, Shelter Plus Care”, Section 8 gram, $330,888,000, of which not to exceed

For administrative expenses necessary to Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occu $324,866,000 shall be transferred to the appro

carry out the guaranteed mortgage-backed secupancy, and Innovative Homeless Initiatives priation for Salaries and expenses; not to ex

rities program, $9,383,000 to be derived from the Demonstration" accounts shall be transferred to ceed $4,022,000 shall be transferred to the appro

GNMA guarantees of mortgage-backed securities and merged with this account, to be available priation for the Office of Inspector General. In

guaranteed loan receipt account, of which not for any authorized purpose under this heading. addition, for administrative contract expenses,

to exceed $9,383,000 shall be transferred to the HOUSING PROGRAMS $160,000,000: Provided, That to the extent guar

appropriation for departmental "Salaries and

expenses. HOUSING FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS

anteed loan commitments exceed $49,664,000,000 For assistance for the purchase, construction,

on or before April 1, 2000, an additional $1,400 POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH acquisition, or development of additional public for administrative contract expenses shall be

RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY and subsidized housing units for low income

available for each $1,000,000 in additional guar For contracts, grants, and necessary expenses families not otherwise provided for, $911,000,000,

anteed loan commitments (including a pro rata of programs of research and studies relating to to remain available until expended: Provided,

amount for any amount below $1,000,000), but in housing and urban problems, not otherwise proThat $710,000,000 shall be for capital advances,

no case shall funds made available by this pro vided for, as authorized by title V of the Housincluding amendments to capital advance conviso exceed $16,000,000.

ing and Urban Development Act of 1970, as tracts, for housing for the elderly, as authorized

FHA-GENERAL AND SPECIAL RISK PROGRAM amended (12 U.S.C. 17012-1 et seq.), including by section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959, as

ACCOUNT

carrying out the functions of the Secretary amended, and for project rental assistance, and

(INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

under section 1(a)(1)(i) of Reorganization Plan amendments to contracts for project rental as For the cost of guaranteed loans, as author No. 2 of 1968, $45,000,000, to remain available sistance, for the elderly under such section ized by sections 238 and 519 of the National

until September 30, 2001: Provided, That of the 202(c)(2), and for supportive services associated Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 17152–3 and 1735c), in amount provided under this heading, $10,000,000 with the housing of which amount $50,000,000 cluding the cost of loan guarantee modifications shall be for the Partnership for Advancing shall be for service coordinators and continu (as that term is defined in section 502 of the

Technology in Housing (PATH) Initiative and ation of existing congregate services grants for Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as amended), $500,000 shall be for a commission established in residents of assisted housing projects, and of $153,000,000, including not to exceed $153,000,000 section 525 of title V of this Act. which amount $50,000,000 shall be for grants for from unobligated balances previously appro FAIR HOUSING AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY conversion of existing section 202 projects, or priated under this heading, to remain available

FAIR HOUSING ACTIVITIES portions thereof, to assisted living or related until expended: Provided, that these funds are

For contracts, grants, and other assistance, use, consistent with the relevant provision of available to subsidize total loan principal, any

not otherwise provided for, as authorized by title V of this Act: Provided further, That of the part of which is to be guaranteed, of up to

title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amount under this heading, $ 201,000,000 shall be $18,100,000,000: Provided further, That any

amended by the Fair Housing Amendments Act for capital advances, including amendments to amounts made available in any prior appropria

of 1988, and section 561 of the Housing and capital advance contracts, for supportive hous tions Act for the cost (as such term is defined in

Community Development Act of 1987, as amending for persons with disabilities, as authorized section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of

ed, $44,000,000, to remain available until Sepby section 811 of the Cranston-Gonzalez Na 1974) of guaranteed loans that are obligations of tember 30, 2001, of which $24,000,000 shall be to tional Affordable Housing Act, for project rental the funds established under section 238 or 519 of

carry out activities pursuant to such section 561: assistance, for amendments to contracts for the National Housing Act that have not been

Provided, That no funds made available under project rental assistance, and supportive serv obligated or that are deobligated shall be avail

this heading shall be used to lobby the executive ices associated with the housing for persons able to the Secretary of Housing and Urban De

or legislative branches of the Federal Governwith disabilities as authorized by section 811 of velopment in connection with the making of

ment in connection with a specific contract, such Act: Provided further, That the Secretary such guarantees and shall remain available

grant or loan. may designate up to 25 percent of the amounts until expended, notwithstanding the expiration

OFFICE OF LEAD HAZARD CONTROL earmarked under this paragraph for section 811 of any period of availability otherwise applicaof such Act for tenant-based assistance, as au ble to such amounts.

LEAD HAZARD REDUCTION thorized under that section, including such au Gross obligations for the principal amount of

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) thority as may be waived under the next pro direct loans, as authorized by sections 204(9), For the Lead Hazard Reduction Program, as viso, which assistance is five years in duration: 207(1), 238, and 519(a) of the National Housing authorized by sections 1011 and 1053 of the ResiProvided further, That the Secretary may waive Act, shall not exceed $50,000,000; of which not to dential Lead-Based Hazard Reduction Act of any provision of such section 202 and such sec exceed $30,000,000 shall be for bridge financing 1992, $80,000,000 to remain available until extion 811 (including the provisions governing the in connection with the sale of multifamily real pended, of which $1,000,000 shall be for terms and conditions of project rental assistance properties owned by the Secretary and formerly CLEARCorps and $10,000,000 shall be for a and tenant-based assistance) that the Secretary insured under such Act; and of which not to ex Healthy Homes Initiative, which shall be a pro

gram pursuant to sections 501 and 502 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970 that shall include research, studies, testing, and demonstration efforts, including education and outreach concerning lead-based paint poisoning and other housing-related environmental diseases and hazards: Provided, That all balances for the Lead Hazard Reduction Programs previously funded in the Annual Contributions for Assisted Housing and Community Development Block Grant accounts shall be transferred to this account, to be available for the purposes for which they were originally appropriated. MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

SALARIES AND EXPENSES (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS) For necessary administrative and non-administrative expenses of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, not otherwise provided for, including not to exceed $7,000 for official reception and representation expenses, $1,005,733,000, of which $518,000,000 shall be provided from the various funds of the Federal Housing Administration, $9,383,000 shall be provided from funds of the Government National Mortgage Association, $1,000,000 shall be provided from the "Community development block grants programaccount, $150,000 shall be provided by transfer from the "Title VI indian federal guarantees program" account, and $200,000 shall be provided by transfer from the Indian housing loan guarantee fund program" account: Provided, That the Secretary is prohibited from using any funds under this heading or any other heading in this Act from employing more than 77 schedule C and 20 noncareer Senior Executive Service employees: Provided further, That the Secretary is prohibited from using funds under this heading or any other heading in this Act to employ more than 9,300 employees: Provided further, that the Secretary is prohibited from using funds under this heading or any other heading in this Act to convert any external community builders to career employees, and after September 1, 2000 to employ any external community builders: Provided further, That the Secretary is prohibited from using funds under this heading or any other heading in this Act to employ more than 14 employees in the Office of Public Affairs: Provided further, That of the amount made available under this heading, $2,000,000 shall be for the Millennial Housing Commission as established under section 206.

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) For necessary expenses of the Office of Inspector General in carrying out the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, $83,000,000, of which $22,343,000 shall be provided from the various funds of the Federal Housing Administration and $10,000,000 shall be provided from the amount earmarked for Operation Safe Home in the appropriation for "Drug elimination grants for low-income housing: Provided, That the Inspector General shall have independent authority over all personnel issues within the Office of Inspector General. OFFICE OF FEDERAL HOUSING ENTERPRISE

OVERSIGHT
SALARIES AND EXPENSES

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) For carrying out the Federal Housing Enterprise Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992, including not to exceed $500 for official reception and representation expenses, $19,493,000, to remain available until expended, to be derived from the Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight Fund: Provided, That not to exceed such amount shall be available from the General Fund of the Treasury to the extent necessary to incur obligations and make expenditures pending the receipt of collections to the Fund: Provided further, That the General Fund amount shall be reduced as collections are received during the fiscal year so as to result in a final appropriation from the General Fund estimated at not more than $0.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

FINANCING ADJUSTMENT FACTORS SEC. 201. Fifty percent of the amounts of budget authority, or in lieu thereof 50 percent of the cash amounts associated with such budget authority, that are recaptured from projects described in section 1012(a) of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-628, 102 Stat. 3224, 3268) shall be rescinded, or in the case of cash, shall be remitted to the Treasury, and such amounts of budget authority or cash recaptured and not rescinded or remitted to the Treasury shall be used by State housing finance agencies or local governments or local housing agencies with projects approved by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for which settlement occurred after January 1, 1992, in accordance with such section. Notwithstanding the previous sentence, the Secretary may award up to 15 percent of the budget authority or cash recaptured and not rescinded or remitted to the Treasury to provide project owners with incentives to refinance their project at a lower interest rate.

FAIR HOUSING AND FREE SPEECH SEC. 202. None of the amounts made available under this Act may be used during fiscal year 2000 to investigate or prosecute under the Fair Housing Act any otherwise lawful activity engaged in by one or more persons, including the filing or maintaining of a nonfrivolous legal action, that is engaged in solely for the purpose of achieving or preventing action by a government official or entity, or a court of competent jurisdiction. HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH AIDS

GRANTS SEC. 203. Section 207 of the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1999, is amended by striking wherever it occurs fiscal year 1999and inserting fiscal years 1999 and 2000.

REPROGRAMMING SEC. 204. Of the amounts made available under the sixth undesignated paragraph under the heading COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENTCOMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTSin title II of the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1999 (Public Law 105–276; 112 Stat. 2477) for the Economic Development Initiative (EDI) for grants for targeted economic investments, the $1,000,000 to be made available (pursuant to the related provisions of the joint explanatory statement in the conference report to accompany such Act (Report 105-769, 105th Congress, 2d Session)) to the City of Redlands, California, for the redevelopment initiatives near the historic Fox Theater shall, notwithstanding such provisions, be made available to such City for the following purposes:

(1) $700,000 shall be for renovation of the City of Redlands Fire Station No. 1;

(2) $200,000 shall be for renovation of the Mission Gables House at the Redlands Bowl historic outdoor amphitheater; and

(3) $100,000 shall be for the preservation of historic Hillside Cemetery. ADJUSTMENTS TO INCOME ELIGIBILITY FOR UN

USUALLY HIGH OR LOW FAMILIES INCOMES IN ASSISTED HOUSING

SEC. 205. Section 16 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 is amended

(1) in subsection (a)(2)(A), by inserting before the period the following: ; except that the Secretary may establish income ceilings higher or lower than 30 percent of the area median income on the basis of the Secretary's findings that such variations are necessary because of unusually high or low family incomes; and

(2) in subsection (c)(3), by inserting before the period the following: "; except that the Secretary may establish income ceilings higher or lower than 30 percent of the area median income on the basis of the Secretary's findings that

such variations are necessary because of unusually high or low family incomes.

MILLENNIAL HOUSING COMMISSION SEC. 206. (a) ESTABLISHMENT.-There is hereby established a commission to be known as the Millennial Housing Commission (in this section referred to as the Commission.

(b) STUDY.--The duty of the Commission shall be to conduct a study that examines, analyzes, and explores

(1) the importance of housing, particularly affordable housing which includes housing for the elderly, to the infrastructure of the United States;

(2) the various possible methods for increasing the role of the private sector in providing affordable housing in the United States, including the effectiveness and efficiency of such methods; and

(3) whether the existing programs of the Department of Housing and Urban Development work in conjunction with one another to provide better housing opportunities for families, neighborhoods, and communities, and how such programs can be improved with respect to such purpose.

(C) MEMBERSHIP.

(1) NUMBER AND APPOINTMENT.-The Commission shall be composed of 22 members, appointed not later than January 1, 2000, as follows:

(A) Two co-chairpersons appointed by

(i) one co-chairperson appointed by a committee consisting of the chairmen of the Subcommittees on the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies of the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and the chairman of the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunities of the House of Representatives and the chairman of the Subcommittee on Housing and Transportation of the Senate; and

(ii) one co-chairperson appointed by a committee consisting of the ranking minority members of the Subcommittees on the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies of the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and the ranking minority member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunities of the House of Representatives and the ranking minority member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Transportation of the Senate.

(B) Ten members appointed by the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Banking and Financial Services of the House of Representatives.

(C) Ten members appointed by the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate and the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate.

(2) QUALIFICATIONS.— Appointees should have proven expertise in directing, assemblying, or applying capital resources from a variety of sources to the successful development of affordable housing or the revitalization of communities, including economic and job development.

(3) VACANCIES.Any vacancy on the Commission shall not affect its powers and shall be filled in the manner in which the original appointment was made.

(4) CHAIRPERSONS.-The members appointed pursuant to paragraph (1)(A) shall serve as cochairpersons of the Commission.

(5) PROHIBITION OF PAY.Members of the Commission shall serve without pay.

(6) TRAVEL EXPENSES.Each member of the Commission shall receive travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in accordance with sections 5702 and 5703 of title 5, United States Code.

(7) QUORUM.-A majority of the members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum but a lesser number may hold hearings.

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