Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 112 Part 3.djvu/693

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PUBLIC LAW 105-276—OCT. 21, 1998 112 STAT. 2523 "(C) consistent with the objectives of this title, to vest in public housing agencies that perform well, the maximum amount of responsibility and flexibility in program administration, with appropriate accountability to public housing residents, localities, and the general public; "(2) that the Federal Government cannot through its direct action alone provide for the housing of every American citizen, or even a majority of its citizens, but it is the responsibility of the Government to promote and protect the independent and collective actions of private citizens to develop housing and strengthen their own neighborhoods; "(3) that the Federal Government should act where there is a serious need that private citizens or groups cannot or are not addressing responsibly; and "(4) that our Nation should promote the goal of providing decent and affordable housing for all citizens through the efforts and encouragement of Federal, State, and local governments^ and by the independent and collective actions of private citizens, organizations, and the private sector. "(b) PUBLIC HOUSING AGENCY ORGANIZATION. — "(1) REQUIRED MEMBERSHIP. —Except as provided in paragraph (2), the membership of the board of directors or similar governing body of each public housing agency shall contsdn not less than 1 member— "(A) who is directly assisted by the public housing agency; and "(B) who may, if provided for in the public housing agency plan, be elected by the residents directly assisted by the public housing agency. "(2) EXCEPTION.—Paragraph (1) shall not apply to any public housing agency— "(A) that is located in a State that requires the members of the board of directors or similar governing body of a public housing agency to be salaried and to serve on a full-time basis; or "(B) with less than 300 public housing units, if— "(i) the agency has provided reasonable notice to the resident advisory board of the opportunity of not less than 1 resident described in paragraph (1) to serve on the board of directors or similsir governing body of the public housing agency pursuant to such paragraph; and "(ii) within a reasonable time after receipt by the resident advisory board established by the agency pursuant to section 5A(e) of notice under clause (i), the public housing agency has not been notified of the intention of any resident to participate on the board of directors. "(3) NONDISCRIMINATION. —No person shall be prohibited from serving on the board of directors or similar governing body of a public housing agency because of the residence of that person in a public housing project or status as assisted under section 8.". SEC. 506. DEFINITIONS. Section 3(b) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437a(b)) is amended as follows: