70049005 - Subsidies to Public Housing Authorities

Account Description FY2013
Spending
FY2014
GAA
7004-9005 Subsidies to Public Housing Authorities
For subsidies to housing authorities and nonprofit organizations, including funds for deficiencies caused by certain reduced rentals in housing for the elderly, handicapped, veterans and relocated persons under sections 32 and 40 of chapter 121B of the General Laws; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, all housing authorities operating elderly public housing shall offer first preference for elderly public housing units which are vacant on the effective date of this act, and thereafter, to those persons 60 years of age or older as of June 30, 2013 receiving rental assistance from the Massachusetts rental voucher program; provided further, that the department of housing and community development may expend funds appropriated in this item for deficiencies caused by certain reduced rentals which may be anticipated in the operation of housing authorities for the first quarter of the subsequent fiscal year; provided further, that no monies shall be expended from this item to reimburse the debt service reserve included in the budgets of housing authorities; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item in the AA object class for the compensation of state employees; provided further, that the amount appropriated in this item shall be considered to meet any and all obligations under said sections 32 and 40 of said chapter 121B; provided further, that any new reduced rental units developed in fiscal year 2014 eligible for subsidies under this item shall not cause any annualization that results in an amount exceeding the amount appropriated in this item; provided further, that all funds in excess of normal utilities, operations and maintenance costs may be expended for capital repairs; provided further, that any housing authorities receiving funds through this item shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on housing and the house and senate committees on post audit and oversight on: (i) the total number of housing authority units; (ii) the total number of units uninhabitable due to need of repair; (iii) the number of uninhabitable units that could be restored for less than $10,000 each; and (iv) the total number of units that have been uninhabitable for longer than 60 days that do not have a waiver from the department; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be provided for the Clinton Housing Authority; and provided further, that the administration shall make every attempt to direct efforts toward rehabilitating local housing authority family units requiring $20,000 or less in repairs

64,450,000 64,400,000

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