PRINTER'S NO. 628
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY HUGHES, SAVAL, CAPPELLETTI, KANE, HAYWOOD,
TARTAGLIONE, FONTANA, BREWSTER, COMITTA, DILLON, COSTA,
KEARNEY, MILLER, SCHWANK AND COLLETT, APRIL 24, 2023
REFERRED TO URBAN AFFAIRS AND HOUSING, APRIL 24, 2023
1 Amending the act of December 3, 1959 (P.L.1688, No.621),
2 entitled "An act to promote the health, safety and welfare of
3 the people of the Commonwealth by broadening the market for
4 housing for persons and families of low and moderate income
5 and alleviating shortages thereof, and by assisting in the
6 provision of housing for elderly persons through the creation
7 of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency as a public
8 corporation and government instrumentality; providing for the
9 organization, membership and administration of the agency,
10 prescribing its general powers and duties and the manner in
11 which its funds are kept and audited, empowering the agency
12 to make housing loans to qualified mortgagors upon the
13 security of insured and uninsured mortgages, defining
14 qualified mortgagors and providing for priorities among
15 tenants in certain instances, prescribing interest rates and
16 other terms of housing loans, permitting the agency to
17 acquire real or personal property, permitting the agency to
18 make agreements with financial institutions and Federal
19 agencies, providing for the purchase by persons of low and
20 moderate income of housing units, and approving the sale of
21 housing units, permitting the agency to sell housing loans,
22 providing for the promulgation of regulations and forms by
23 the agency, prescribing penalties for furnishing false
24 information, empowering the agency to borrow money upon its
25 own credit by the issuance and sale of bonds and notes and by
26 giving security therefor, permitting the refunding,
27 redemption and purchase of such obligations by the agency,
28 prescribing remedies of holders of such bonds and notes,
29 exempting bonds and notes of the agency, the income
30 therefrom, and the income and revenues of the agency from
31 taxation, except transfer, death and gift taxes; making such
32 bonds and notes legal investments for certain purposes; and
33 indicating how the act shall become effective," in the
1 agency, providing for tracking system for publicly financed
3 The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
4 hereby enacts as follows:
5 Section 1. The act of December 3, 1959 (P.L.1688, No.621),
6 known as the Housing Finance Agency Law, is amended by adding a
7 section to read:
8 Section 209. Tracking System for Publicly Financed
9 Housing.--(a) Within one year of the effective date of this
10 section, the agency shall establish a system for tracking
11 publicly financed housing in this Commonwealth. The tracking
12 system shall include a methodology for:
13 (1) tracking the anticipated termination dates of
14 affordability restrictions affecting all publicly financed
15 properties in this Commonwealth; and
16 (2) to the extent permitted by Federal law or regulation,
17 disclosing the anticipated termination dates, along with any
18 other information required under subsection (b), in a database
19 posted to the agency's publicly accessible Internet website and
20 in reports required under subsection (d).
21 (b) No later than the first day of the month following the
22 month in which the tracking system required under subsection (a)
23 is implemented, the agency shall post to its publicly accessible
24 Internet website a searchable database of all publicly financed
25 housing in this Commonwealth. The database shall include all of
26 the following:
27 (1) The address of the property.
28 (2) The name and business address of the owner of the
30 (3) The anticipated date on which the affordability
31 restrictions affecting the property may terminate. In the event
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1 that a property is subject to multiple affordability
2 restrictions under one or more public-assistance programs, the
3 anticipated termination date for each affordability restriction
4 shall be included.
5 (4) To the extent available, information as to whether the
6 public-assistance program or programs affecting the property
7 allow the owner to elect to keep the property in the program or
8 programs after the anticipated termination date of affordability
9 restrictions relating to the program or programs.
10 (5) Information regarding whether the property has been
11 granted an extension or modification of the affordability
12 restrictions affecting the property and the new anticipated
13 termination date of the affordability restrictions resulting
14 from the extension or modification.
15 (6) Any other information the agency deems relevant.
16 (c) The agency shall maintain the database required under
17 subsection (b) and update the contents, including any updates
18 provided by a local housing agency under subsection (e), no
19 later than the last day of each March, June, September and
21 (d) By December 31 in each year following the implementation
22 of the tracking system established under subsection (a), the
23 agency shall submit the following reports:
24 (1) To the Governor, a report containing the following:
25 (i) For each publicly financed housing property that has or
26 shall terminate in or before the end of the calendar year in
27 which the report is due, all of the information required under
28 subsection (b) and the aggregate number of the terminated or
29 terminating properties in this Commonwealth.
30 (ii) For each publicly financed housing property that is
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1 anticipated to terminate in or before the end of the first
2 calendar year commencing after the due date of the report, all
3 of the information required under subsection (b) and the
4 aggregate number of terminating properties in this Commonwealth.
5 (iii) For each publicly financed housing property that is
6 anticipated to terminate in or before the end of the second
7 calendar year commencing after the due date of the report, all
8 of the information required under subsection (b) and the
9 aggregate number of the terminating properties in this
11 (2) To each member of the General Assembly, a report
12 containing the following:
13 (i) For each publicly financed housing property located
14 within the member's electoral district that has or shall
15 terminate in or before the end of the calendar year in which the
16 report is due, all of the information required under subsection
17 (b) and the aggregate number of the terminated or terminating
18 properties located within the district.
19 (ii) For each publicly financed housing property located
20 within the member's electoral district that is anticipated to
21 terminate in or before the end of the first calendar year
22 commencing after the due date of the report, all of the
23 information required under subsection (b) and the aggregate
24 number of terminating properties located within the district.
25 (iii) For each publicly financed housing property located
26 within the member's electoral district that is anticipated to
27 terminate in or before the end of the second calendar year
28 commencing after the due date of the report, all of the
29 information required under subsection (b) and the aggregate
30 number of terminating properties located within the district.
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1 (e) Within six months of the effective date of this section,
2 a local housing agency shall deliver to the agency all of the
3 information required under subsection (b) with respect to each
4 property owned or operated by the local housing agency.
5 Following the implementation of the tracking system under
6 subsection (a), the local housing agency shall deliver to the
7 agency any updates with respect to the information required
8 under this subsection no later than the last day of every
9 February, May, August and November. The agency shall incorporate
10 all information delivered under this subsection in the publicly
11 accessible database required under subsection (b) and in all
12 reports required under subsection (d).
13 (f) The General Assembly shall appropriate sufficient funds
14 to the agency for the development and maintenance of the
15 database required under this section.
16 (g) As used in this section, the following words and phrases
17 shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection unless
18 the context clearly indicates otherwise:
19 "Affordability restriction." A limit on rent that an owner
20 may charge for occupancy of a rental unit in a publicly financed
21 housing development or a limit on tenant income for persons or
22 families seeking to qualify for admission to a publicly financed
23 housing development.
24 "Local housing agency." An entity created and organized for
25 the purpose of owning, operating, financing or administering one
26 or more publicly financed housing projects.
27 "Owner." A natural person, firm, partnership, corporation,
28 trust, organization, limited liability company or other entity,
29 or its successors or assigns, that holds title to publicly
30 financed housing.
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1 "Publicly financed housing." A housing unit or development
2 that receives government assistance under any of the following
4 (1) 42 U.S.C. Ch. 8 Subch. I (relating to general program of
5 assisted housing), as it applies to new construction,
6 substantial rehabilitation, moderate rehabilitation, property
7 disposition and loan management set-aside programs or any other
8 program providing project-based rental assistance.
9 (2) The Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program
10 provided under 26 U.S.C. § 42 (relating to low-income housing
12 (3) 12 U.S.C. § 1701s (relating to rent supplement payments
13 for qualified lower income families), as it applies to programs
14 for rent supplement assistance thereunder.
15 (4) 12 U.S.C. Ch. 13 (relating to national housing).
16 (5) The below-market interest rate program under 12 U.S.C.
17 § 1715l(d)(3) (relating to housing for moderate income and
18 displaced families).
19 (6) 12 U.S.C. § 1715l(d)(4), to the extent the project's
20 rents are restricted under a government agreement.
21 (7) 12 U.S.C. § 1715z-1 (relating to rental and cooperative
22 housing for lower income families).
23 (8) 42 U.S.C. § 1441 et seq. (Housing Act of 1949).
24 (9) 42 U.S.C. § 1490a (relating to loans to provide occupant
25 owned, rental, and cooperative housing for low and moderate
26 income, elderly or handicapped persons or families).
27 (10) The Urban Development Action Grant provided under 42
28 U.S.C. § 5318 (relating to urban development action grants), to
29 the extent that the affordability of dwelling units subject to
30 the program are restricted under a government agreement.
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1 (11) The Housing Development Action grant provided under 42
2 U.S.C. Ch. 8 Subch. I, to the extent the project's rents are
3 restricted under a government agreement.
4 (12) The Pennsylvania Housing Tax Credit provided under
5 Article XIX-G of the act of March 4, 1971 (P.L.6, No.2), known
6 as the "Tax Reform Code of 1971."
7 (13) Any other housing unit or development that receives
8 government assistance under Federal or State programs similar to
9 the other programs listed in this subsection.
10 "Tenant." A person entitled to possession or occupancy of a
11 rental unit in publicly financed housing, including a subtenant,
12 lessee or sublessee.
13 "Termination." The cessation, discharge or removal of an
14 affordability restriction affecting publicly financed housing in
15 the absence of a simultaneous replacement of that restriction
16 with an equivalent affordability restriction, including:
17 (1) Nonrenewal or termination, in whole or in part, of a
18 government program contract.
19 (2) The expiration, in whole or in part, of an affordability
20 restriction under a government program or the requirement to
21 renew the restriction.
22 (3) Payment in full of a government program mortgage loan.
23 (4) Prepayment of a government program mortgage loan.
24 Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
20230SB0616PN0628 - 7 -Statutes/Laws affected:
Printer's No. 0628: P.L.1688, No.621