PUBLIC LAW 101-625—NOV. 28, 1990 104 STAT. 4353 " PART III—SHELTER PLUS CARE: SECTION 8 MODERATE REHABILITATION ASSISTANCE FOR SINGLE ROOM OCCUPANCY DWELLINGS "SEC. 451. PURPOSE. "The Secretary is authorized to use amounts made available under section 439(b) of this subtitle only in connection with the moderate rehabilitation of single room occupancy housing described in section 8(n) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 for occupancy by homeless persons. However, amounts made available under section 439(b) may be used in connection with the moderate rehabilitation of efficiency units if the building owner agrees to pay the additional cost of rehabilitating and operating the efficiency units. 'SEC. 452. FIRE AND SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS. "Each contract for housing assistance payments entered into using the authority provided under section 439(b) shall require the installation of a sprinkler system that protects all major spaces, hard-wired smoke detectors, and such other fire and safety improvements as may be required by State or local law. For purposes of this section, the term 'major spaces' means hallways, large common areas, and other areas specified in local fire, building, or safety codes. "SEC. 453. CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS. "Each contract for annual contributions entered into by the Secretary with a public housing agency to obligate the authority made available under section 439(b) shall— "(1) commit the Secretary to make the authority available to the public housing agency for an aggregate period of 10 years, and require that any amendments increasing the authority shall be available for the remainder of such 10-year period; "(2) provide the Secretary with the option to renew the contract for an additional period of 10 years, subject to the availability of authority; and "(3) provide that, notwithstanding any other provision of law, first priority for occupancy of housing rehabilitated under this part III shall be given to homeless persons. "SEC. 454. OCCUPANCY. "(a) OCCUPANCY AGREEMENT. —The occupancy agreement between the tenant and the owner shall be for at least one month. "(b) VACANCY PAYMENTS.— If an eligible person vacates a dwelling unit before the expiration of the occupancy agreement, no assistance pa5anent may be made with respect to the unit after the month during which the unit was vacated, unless it is occupied by another eligible person. "PART IV—SHELTER PLUS CARE: SECTION 202 RENTAL ASSISTANCE "SEC. 461. PURPOSE. "The Secretary is authorized to use amounts made available under section 439(c) of this subtitle only in connection with the 42 USC 11403. 42 USC 11403a. 42 USC 11403b. 42 USC 11403c. 42 USC 11404.