To reform the program for rental assistance under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Section 8 Reform, Responsibility, and Accountability Act of 2012''.
SEC. 2. PROHIBITION OF SECTION 8 RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR FELONS AND ILLEGAL ALIENS.
(a) In General.--Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f) is amended by inserting after subsection (i) the following new subsection: ``(j) Prohibition of Assistance for Felons.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law, assistance under this section (including tenant- and project-based assistance) may not be provided for any family that includes an individual who-- ``(1) at any time, has been convicted of a felony under any State or Federal law; or ``(2) is unlawfully present in the United States.''. (b) Applicability.--The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply beginning upon the expiration of the 24-month period that begins on the date of the enactment of this Act.
SEC. 3. 5-YEAR TIME LIMITATION ON SECTION 8 RENTAL ASSISTANCE.
Section 16 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437n) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(g) 5-Year Time Limitation on Section 8 Assistance.-- ``(1) In general.--Except as otherwise provided in this subsection and notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, assistance under section 8 may not...