Federal Healthy Housing Bills Introduced in 2017

Bill Name
and Chief Sponsors
Content  
SMART Child Act of 2017

Rep. DeLauro

  • Provides $150 million to CDC for lead poisoning prevention
  • Establishes a protocol for case management of lead poisoned children
Environmental Health Workforce Act of 2017

Rep. Lawrence

  • Requires HHS to create model standards and guidelines for credentialing environmental health workers and an environmental health workforce development plan.

Bills Introduced in Previous Years

Bill Name and Chief Sponsors Content
Water Resources Development Act of 2016

Sens. Inhofe and Boxer

Passed in part in Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act

 

  • Authorizes 25 Army Corps projects in 17 states, including improvements to ports, flood protection, ecosystem preservation, and drought protection.
  • Provides $100 million in Drinking Water State Revolving Funds and at least $70 million in secured loans under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) to states to replace lead service lines
  • Provides emergency aid to Flint, Michigan, and assistance to other communities facing similar contaminations.
  • Establishes an advisory committee under the Department of Health and Human Services, in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control, to report on the impact of lead poisoning and the effectiveness of Federal prevention and remediation programs
Drinking Water Safety and Infrastructure Act of 2016

Sens. Stabenow, Inhofe, Peters, and Portman

Passed in part in Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act

  • Provides $100 million for Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) for drinking water emergency
  • Provides $70 million in funding to back secured loans made under the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA)
  • Establishes inter-agency advisory committee to the White House and Congress on Lead Poisoning
  • Appropriates $20 million in additional funding for HUD and CDC healthy homes and lead poisoning prevention / lead hazard control programs
Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act of 2016

Sens. Durbin and  Menendez

  • Aligns HUD definition of lead poisoning with CDC definition
  • Requires EPA to update dust and soil standards for lead
  • Removes zero-bedroom lead inspection exemption
  • Requires initial lead-based paint hazard risk assessment for pre-1978 Section 8 Voucher and other federally assisted units
Home Lead Safety Tax Credit Act of 2016

Sens. Schumer, Whitehouse, and Casey

  • Tax credit for up to $3,000 for controlling lead paint and lead pipe hazards
GET THE LEAD OUT Act of 2016

Sen. Cardin

  • Provides grants to reduce lead in community drinking water supplies and delivery system
  • Does not allow partial line replacement
Copper and Lead Evaluation and Reporting Act of 2016

Sen. Cardin

  • Requires EPA to develop new regulations regarding the Lead and Copper Rule and set an action level to trigger notification, reporting, and examination of lead pipe hazards
TEST KIDS Act of 2016

Sen. Cardin

  • Requires all states to report elevated blood lead levels to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Requires CDC to investigate clusters of elevated blood lead levels.
FUND WATER Act of 2016

Sen. Cardin

  • Triples authorized funding to EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and Clean Water State Revolving Funds
Title X Amendments Act of 2013

Sens. Reed, Johanns, Boxer, and Franken

  • Expand the existing Title X statute to enable other health and safety threats to be treated through the lead hazard control grant program at HUD.
  • Permit a healthy homes and lead hazard control grantee to use another program’s income and eligibility information to qualify for HUD lead and healthy homes funds.
  • Add a provision to include zero-bedroom units in HUD’s lead hazard control program.
  • Allow tribal governments to apply for funding, as well as nonprofit organizations that have the support of state or local governments.

 

Healthy Housing Council Act of 2013

Sens. Reed, Johanns, Boxer, and Franken

  • Establish an independent interagency Council on Healthy Housing in the executive branch in order to improve coordination, bring existing efforts out of their respective silos, and reduce duplication.
  • Council to convene periodic meetings with experts in the public and private sectors to discuss ways to educate individuals and families on how to recognize housing-related health hazards and secure the necessary services and preventive measures to combat these hazards.
Livable Communities Act of 2011

Sen. Menendez

  • Formally authorize the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its Regional Planning and Community Challenge grant programs.
  • Create a loan program for infrastructure improvements (streetscape, utilities) in preparation for transit-oriented development.
Research, Hazard Intervention, and National Outreach for Healthier Homes Act of 2008

Sen. Reed

 

  • Funding for existing federal housing programs, such as CDBG, HOME, and LIHEAP to add healthy homes components to their programs.
  • Leveraging the private market interest in healthy homes by creating a voluntary “Healthy Homes Seal of Approval” modeled after the successful Energy Star program.
  • Authorizing $7,000,000 for each of the next five years for the National Institute of Environmental Health Science and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to evaluate the health risks and human health effects of indoor exposure to chemical pollutants including carbon monoxide, chemical asthma triggers, and common household and garden pesticides.
  • Authorizing $6,000,000 for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to study methods for the assessment and control of housing-related health hazards.
  • Providing $10,000,000 for HUD and CDC to study the indoor environmental quality of existing housing and to create a system for monitoring housing related hazards.