SECTION 1. The fifth paragraph of section 32 of chapter 121B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the second sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- In determining the net income for the purpose of computing the rent of a totally unemployable disabled veteran, a housing authority shall exclude amounts of disability compensation paid by the United States government for disability occurring in connection with military service in excess of $1,800; provided, that such authorization shall apply only in state-aided projects as provided in sections 35 and 36.
SECTION 2. The secretary of housing and economic development shall, in collaboration with the commissioner of veterans’ services, develop a program by which the commonwealth shall establish a specific housing priority, income exemption, or other policy that shall ensure that a disabled veteran, who does not qualify for a voucher under the section 8 housing assistance program administered by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development on the basis of the amount of the veterans’ disability benefits received, shall receive priority placement in a housing facility or project funded by the commonwealth.
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