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  • NJ A306
  • "New Jersey Housing Assistance for Veterans Act," establishes pilot program to assist certain veterans with housing modification and rehabilitation; appropriates $5 million.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(6/12/2017)
Crossed Over
(6/8/2017)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill creates the "New Jersey Housing Assistance for Veterans Act" as a five-year pilot program to assist disabled and low income veterans with housing modification and rehabilitation needs, and appropriates $5 million from the general fund. This bill requires the Director of the Division of Housing and Community Resources ("director") in the Department of Community Affairs to manage the pilot program, in coordination with the Adjutant General of the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs, to award grants to nonprofit organizations for the modification and rehabilitation of certain veterans' housing. To be eligible for the program, a veteran would have to either be disabled, or have a household income of no greater than 50 percent of the median regional household income. Veterans who are both low income and disabled would receive preference over other eligible veterans in selection for assistance. Work would only be permitted on the veteran's primary residence. The bill appropriates $5 million from the general fund, of which the director would distribute $1 million during each of five years to nonprofit organizations towards the modification and rehabilitation of veterans' housing. No nonprofit would receive more than $400,000 through the pilot program in any one fiscal year. Nonprofits receiving a grant would have to contribute a 50 percent match through either cash or in-kind contributions. Veterans benefiting from the pilot program would not be required to contribute any payment for the work, unless a modest fee can be charged, as permitted by the director, without forcing the veteran's total monthly housing costs to exceed 30 percent of total household income. A nonprofit organization seeking a grant would be required to submit an application to the director that would include an estimate of the number of veterans that the organization has the capacity to serve, and a description of the type of work that would be completed. Grants would only be awarded to organizations that can demonstrate certain expertise in home modification and rehabilitation, and experience in successfully carrying out accountability and reporting requirements involved in the proper administration of grant funds, and that commit to paying workers the prevailing wage rate pursuant to N.J.S.A.34:11-56.25 et seq. In awarding grants, preference would be given to nonprofits that employ workers from an apprenticeable trade participating in the Helmets to Hardhats Program as certified by the New Jersey State Building and Construction Trades Council, such that not less than five percent of projected labor hours would be completed by such nonprofits. The director would be required to promulgate rules and regulations on or before the first day of the fifth month next following this bill's enactment. As the program is in progress, the director would submit an annual report to the Governor and the Legislature detailing the number of eligible veterans provided assistance, their socioeconomic characteristics, what nonprofit organizations have received grants, what matching contributions they have provided, the types of projects completed, the outreach initiatives undertaken to identify eligible veterans and qualified nonprofits, and any other information the director considers relevant in assessing the pilot program.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Military and Veterans' Affairs, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee  (on 6/12/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
6/12/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee
6/8/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (75-0-0)
12/15/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
12/15/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 12/15/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
4/4/2016 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
4/4/2016 Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Hearing (10:00 4/4/2016 Committee Room 13, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/8/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 75 0 5
Detail 12/15/2016 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 8 1 2
Detail 4/4/2016 Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee: Reported Favorably 4 0 2