60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: HUD Housing Counseling Program-Application for Approval as a Housing Counseling Agency, 21940-21941 [2014-08631]

Download as PDF 21940 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 75 / Friday, April 18, 2014 / Notices Dated: April 14, 2014. Carolyn A. Baum, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy. [FR Doc. 2014–08882 Filed 4–17–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; Notice of Closed Meetings mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meetings. The meetings will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable materials, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Name of Committee: Neurological Sciences Training Initial Review Group, NST–1 Subcommittee. Date: May 12–13, 2014. Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell Street at Sutter, San Francisco, CA 94102. Contact Person: Raul A. Saavedra, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Research, NINDS, NIH, NSC, 6001 Executive Blvd., Suite 3208, MSC 9529, Bethesda, MD 20892– 9529, 301–496–9223, saavedrr@ ninds.nih.gov. Name of Committee: Neurological Sciences Training Initial Review Group, NST–2 Subcommittee. Date: June 23–24, 2014. 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Contact Person: Natalia Strunnikova, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Research, NINDS, NIH, NSC, 6001 Executive Blvd., Suite 3208, MSC 9529, Bethesda, MD 20892–9529, 301–402–0288, Natalia.Strunnikova@nih.gov. (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.853, Clinical Research Related to Neurological Disorders; 93.854, Biological Basis Research in the Neurosciences, National Institutes of Health, HHS) Dated: April 14, 2014. Carolyn Baum, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy. [FR Doc. 2014–08884 Filed 4–17–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5756–N–11] 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: HUD Housing Counseling Program—Application for Approval as a Housing Counseling Agency Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal Housing Commissioner, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment. DATES: Comments Due Date: June 17, 2014. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Lorraine Griscavage-Frisbee, Deputy Director, Office of Outreach and Capacity Building, Office of Housing Counseling, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 302 Carson Street, 4th Floor, Las Vegas, NV 89101–5911; telephone (702) 366–2160 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at Lorraine.griscavage-frisbee@hud.gov for a copy of the proposed forms or other available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lorraine Griscavage-Frisbee, Deputy Director, Office of Outreach and Capacity Building, Office of Housing Counseling, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 302 East Carson Street, 4th Floor, Las Vegas, NV 89101– 5911; lorraine.griscavage-frisbee@ hud.gov or telephone (702) 366–2160. This is not a toll-free number. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. GriscavageFrisbee. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: Application for Approval as a Housing Counseling Agency. OMB Approval Number: 2502–0573. Type of Request: Extension. Form Number: HUD–9900. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The Office of Housing Counseling is responsible for administration of the Department’s Housing Counseling Program, authorized by Section 106 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701x). The Housing Counseling Program supports the delivery of a wide variety of housing counseling services to homebuyers, homeowners, low- to moderate–income renters, and the homeless. The primary objective of the program is to educate families and individuals in order to help them make smart decisions regarding improving their housing situation and meeting the responsibilities of tenancy and homeownership, including through budget and financial counseling. Counselors also help borrowers avoid predatory lending practices, such as inflated appraisals, unreasonably high interest rates, unaffordable repayment terms, and other conditions that can result in a loss of equity, increased debt, default, and possible foreclosure. Counselors may also provide reverse mortgage counseling to elderly homeowners who seek to convert equity in their homes to pay for home improvements, medical costs, living expenses or other expenses. Additionally, housing counselors may distribute and be a resource for E:\FR\FM\18APN1.SGM 18APN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 75 / Friday, April 18, 2014 / Notices information concerning Fair Housing and Fair Lending. The Housing Counseling Program is instrumental to achievement of HUD’s mission. The Program’s far-reaching effects support numerous departmental programs, including Federal Housing Administration (FHA) single family housing programs. Approximately 2,364 HUDparticipating agencies provide housing counseling services nation-wide currently. Of these, approximately 970 have been directly approved by HUD. HUD maintains a list of these agencies so that individuals in need of assistance can easily access the nearest HUDapproved housing counseling agency via HUD’s Web site, an automated 1–800 Hotline, or a smart phone application. HUD Form 9900, Application for Approval as a Housing Counseling Agency, is necessary to make sure that people who contact a HUD approved agency can have confidence they will receive quality service and these agencies meet HUD requirements for approval. To participate in HUD’s Housing Counseling Program, a housing counseling agency must first be approved by HUD. Approval entails meeting various requirements relating to experience and capacity, including nonprofit status, a minimum of one year of housing counseling experience in the target community, and sufficient resources to implement a housing counseling plan. Eligible organizations include local housing counseling agencies, private or public organizations (including grassroots, faith-based and other community-based organizations) such as nonprofit, state, local or tribal government entities or public housing authorities that meet the Program criteria. HUD uses form HUD–9900 to evaluate whether applying organizations meet minimum requirements to participate in the Housing Counseling Program. The application for approval for HUD–9900 is found at http:// www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/ hccprof13.cfm. HUD is seeking an extension for the Application for Approval as a Housing Counseling Agency, form HUD–9900. There have been no changes in program eligibility requirements. The form will be updated to reflect changes in Offices responsible for processing applications from the Single Family Program Support Division to the Office of Housing Counseling, and require electronic submission of applications through email in place of paper submissions. Based on the most recent information available (as of February 2014) VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:54 Apr 17, 2014 Jkt 232001 Respondents (i.e. affected public): Not-for-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 66. Estimated Number of Response: 66. Frequency of Response: Annually. Average Hours per Response: 71. Total Estimated Burdens: 4686. B. Solicitation of Public Comment This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond; including through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions. Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35. Dated: April 9, 2014. Laura M. Marin, Associate General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing-Associate Deputy Federal Housing Commissioner. [FR Doc. 2014–08631 Filed 4–17–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5750–N–16] Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless Office of the Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This Notice identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for possible use to assist the homeless. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Juanita Perry, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7262, Washington, DC 20410; telephone (202) 402–3970; TTY SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21941 number for the hearing- and speechimpaired (202) 708–2565, (these telephone numbers are not toll-free), or call the toll-free Title V information line at 800–927–7588. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the December 12, 1988 court order in National Coalition for the Homeless v. Veterans Administration, No. 88–2503–OG (D.D.C.), HUD publishes a Notice, on a weekly basis, identifying unutilized, underutilized, excess and surplus Federal buildings and real property that HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. Today’s Notice is for the purpose of announcing that no additional properties have been determined suitable or unsuitable this week. Dated: April 10, 2014. Mark Johnston, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs. [FR Doc. 2014–08541 Filed 4–17–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5725–N–03] Final Fair Market Rents for the Housing Choice Voucher Program and Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy Program Fiscal Year 2014; Update Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, HUD. ACTION: Notice of Final Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Fair Market Rents (FMRs), Update. AGENCY: Today’s notice updates the FY 2014 FMRs for Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA, MSA, and StamfordNorwalk, CT, HUD Metro FMR Area (HMFA), based on surveys conducted in November 2013 by the area public housing agencies (PHAs). The FY 2014 FMRs for these areas reflect the estimated 40th percentile rent levels trended to April 1, 2014. DATES: Effective Date: The FMRs published in this notice are effective on April 18, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information on the methodology used to develop FMRs or a listing of all FMRs, please call the HUD USER information line at 800– 245–2691 or access the information on the HUD USER Web site: http:// www.huduser.org/portal/datasets/ fmr.html. FMRs are listed at the 40th or 50th percentile in Schedule B. For informational purposes, 40th percentile recent-mover rents for the areas with SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\18APN1.SGM 18APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-5756-N-11]


60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: HUD Housing 
Counseling Program--Application for Approval as a Housing Counseling 
Agency

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing--Federal Housing 
Commissioner, HUD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment 
from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. 
The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.

DATES: Comments Due Date: June 17, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding 
this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB 
Control Number and should be sent to: Lorraine Griscavage-Frisbee, 
Deputy Director, Office of Outreach and Capacity Building, Office of 
Housing Counseling, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 302 
Carson Street, 4th Floor, Las Vegas, NV 89101-5911; telephone (702) 
366-2160 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at 
Lorraine.griscavage-frisbee@hud.gov for a copy of the proposed forms or 
other available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments 
may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal 
Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lorraine Griscavage-Frisbee, Deputy 
Director, Office of Outreach and Capacity Building, Office of Housing 
Counseling, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 302 East 
Carson Street, 4th Floor, Las Vegas, NV 89101-5911; 
lorraine.griscavage-frisbee@hud.gov or telephone (702) 366-2160. This 
is not a toll-free number. Persons with hearing or speech impairments 
may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal 
Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Copies of available documents 
submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Griscavage-Frisbee.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is 
seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in 
Section A.

A. Overview of Information Collection

    Title of Information Collection: Application for Approval as a 
Housing Counseling Agency.
    OMB Approval Number: 2502-0573.
    Type of Request: Extension.
    Form Number: HUD-9900.
    Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The 
Office of Housing Counseling is responsible for administration of the 
Department's Housing Counseling Program, authorized by Section 106 of 
the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701x). The 
Housing Counseling Program supports the delivery of a wide variety of 
housing counseling services to homebuyers, homeowners, low- to 
moderate-income renters, and the homeless. The primary objective of the 
program is to educate families and individuals in order to help them 
make smart decisions regarding improving their housing situation and 
meeting the responsibilities of tenancy and homeownership, including 
through budget and financial counseling. Counselors also help borrowers 
avoid predatory lending practices, such as inflated appraisals, 
unreasonably high interest rates, unaffordable repayment terms, and 
other conditions that can result in a loss of equity, increased debt, 
default, and possible foreclosure. Counselors may also provide reverse 
mortgage counseling to elderly homeowners who seek to convert equity in 
their homes to pay for home improvements, medical costs, living 
expenses or other expenses. Additionally, housing counselors may 
distribute and be a resource for

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information concerning Fair Housing and Fair Lending. The Housing 
Counseling Program is instrumental to achievement of HUD's mission. The 
Program's far-reaching effects support numerous departmental programs, 
including Federal Housing Administration (FHA) single family housing 
programs.
    Approximately 2,364 HUD-participating agencies provide housing 
counseling services nation-wide currently. Of these, approximately 970 
have been directly approved by HUD. HUD maintains a list of these 
agencies so that individuals in need of assistance can easily access 
the nearest HUD-approved housing counseling agency via HUD's Web site, 
an automated 1-800 Hotline, or a smart phone application. HUD Form 
9900, Application for Approval as a Housing Counseling Agency, is 
necessary to make sure that people who contact a HUD approved agency 
can have confidence they will receive quality service and these 
agencies meet HUD requirements for approval.
    To participate in HUD's Housing Counseling Program, a housing 
counseling agency must first be approved by HUD. Approval entails 
meeting various requirements relating to experience and capacity, 
including nonprofit status, a minimum of one year of housing counseling 
experience in the target community, and sufficient resources to 
implement a housing counseling plan. Eligible organizations include 
local housing counseling agencies, private or public organizations 
(including grassroots, faith-based and other community-based 
organizations) such as nonprofit, state, local or tribal government 
entities or public housing authorities that meet the Program criteria. 
HUD uses form HUD-9900 to evaluate whether applying organizations meet 
minimum requirements to participate in the Housing Counseling Program. 
The application for approval for HUD-9900 is found at http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hccprof13.cfm.
    HUD is seeking an extension for the Application for Approval as a 
Housing Counseling Agency, form HUD-9900. There have been no changes in 
program eligibility requirements. The form will be updated to reflect 
changes in Offices responsible for processing applications from the 
Single Family Program Support Division to the Office of Housing 
Counseling, and require electronic submission of applications through 
email in place of paper submissions. Based on the most recent 
information available (as of February 2014)
    Respondents (i.e. affected public): Not-for-profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 66.
    Estimated Number of Response: 66.
    Frequency of Response: Annually.
    Average Hours per Response: 71.
    Total Estimated Burdens: 4686.

B. Solicitation of Public Comment

    This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and 
affected parties concerning the collection of information described in 
Section A on the following:
    (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy 
of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of 
the collection of information on those who are to respond; including 
through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other 
forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission 
of responses.
    HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to 
these questions.

    Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
44 U.S.C. Chapter 35.

    Dated: April 9, 2014.
Laura M. Marin,
Associate General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing-Associate 
Deputy Federal Housing Commissioner.
[FR Doc. 2014-08631 Filed 4-17-14; 8:45 am]
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