60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request Implementation of the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 (HOPA), 89964-89965 [2016-29754]

Download as PDF 89964 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 239 / Tuesday, December 13, 2016 / Notices TSA canine. TSA will use the information collected to evaluate the individual according to the CTC program guidelines. The collection includes information about the individual’s household, personal references, and current pet and veterinarian information. In addition, TSA will collect the individual’s agreement to transport the canine home from TSA CTC in San Antonio, Texas, and to provide any necessary medical care, including, but not limited to, heartworm and flea preventives, and annual vaccinations, for the duration of the canine’s life. TSA will also collect an attestation that all information submitted is true. TSA estimates that annually 300 individuals will complete the adoption application and that it will take approximately 10 minutes or 0.1666 hours. This will give an estimated annual time burden to the public of 50 hours. Use of Results TSA CTC Adoption Program will use the information to assess the adoption applicant’s suitability for placement of a TSA canine who has participated in the TSA CTC explosives detection training. Dated: December 8, 2016. Christina A. Walsh, TSA Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, Office of Information Technology. [FR Doc. 2016–29878 Filed 12–12–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–05–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5911–N–03] 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request Implementation of the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 (HOPA) Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB Office of the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The proposed information collection requirement established under the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 (HOPA) will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. HUD is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. DATES: Comment Due Date: February 13, 2017. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposed information collection pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:08 Dec 12, 2016 Jkt 241001 requirement. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number, and should be sent to: Deborah T. Ambers, Equal Opportunity Specialist, Enforcement Support Division, Office of Enforcement, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 5208, Washington, DC 20410–2000, or the toll-free number for the Federal Relay Service at: 1–(800) 877–8339. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lynn M. Grosso, Director, Office of Enforcement, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 5226; Washington, DC 20410–2000; telephone (202) 402–5361 (this is not a toll-free number). Hearing or speech-impaired individuals may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at: 1(800) 877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: HUD is submitting this proposed information collection requirement to the OMB for review, as required under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended]. This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed information collection in order to: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper performance of HUD’s program functions; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of HUD’s assessment of the paperwork burden that may result from the proposed information collection; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information which must be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the information collection on responders, including the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology (e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses). Title of Proposal: Implementation of the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 (HOPA). Office: Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. OMB Control Number: 2529–0046. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The Fair Housing Act [42 U.S.C. 3601 et seq.], prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, occupancy, advertising, insuring, or financing of residential dwellings based on familial status (individuals living in households with one or more children under 18 years of age). However, under § 3607(b)(2) of the Act, Congress exempted three (3) categories PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of ‘‘housing for older persons’’ from liability for familial status discrimination: (1) Housing provided under any State or Federal program which the Secretary of HUD determines is ‘‘specifically designed and operated to assist elderly persons (as defined in the State or Federal program)’’; (2) housing ‘‘intended for, and solely occupied by persons 62 years of age or older’’; and (3) housing ’’intended and operated for occupancy by at least one person 55 years of age or older per unit [‘55 or older’ housing].’’ In December 1995, Congress passed the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 (HOPA) [Pub. L. 104–76, 109 STAT. 787] as an amendment to the Fair Housing Act. The HOPA modified the ‘‘55 or older’’ housing exemption provided under § 3607(b)(2)(C) of the Fair Housing Act by eliminating the requirement that a housing provider must offer ‘‘significant facilities and services specifically designed to meet the physical or social needs of older persons.’’ In order to qualify for the HOPA exemption, a housing community or facility must meet each of the following criteria: (1) at least 80 percent of the occupied units in the community or facility must be occupied by at least one person who is 55 years of age of older; (2) the housing provider must publish and adhere to policies and procedures that demonstrate the intent to operate housing for persons 55 years of age or older; and (3) the housing provider must demonstrate compliance with ‘‘rules issued by the Secretary for verification of occupancy, which shall . . . provide for [age] verification by reliable surveys and affidavits.’’ The HOPA did not significantly increase the record-keeping burden for the ‘‘55 or older’’ housing exemption. It describes in greater detail the documentary evidence which HUD will consider when determining, in the course of a familial status discrimination complaint investigation, whether or not a housing facility or community qualified for the ‘‘55 or older’’ housing exemption as of the date of the alleged Fair Housing Act violation. The HOPA information collection requirements are necessary to demonstrate a housing provider’s eligibility to claim the ‘‘55 or older’’ housing exemption as an affirmative defense to a familial status discrimination complaint filed with HUD under the Fair Housing Act. The information will be collected in the normal course of business in connection with the sale, rental, or occupancy of dwelling units situated in qualified senior housing facilities or E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1 pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 239 / Tuesday, December 13, 2016 / Notices communities. The HOPA’s requirement that a housing provider must demonstrate the intent to operate a ‘‘55 or older’’ housing community or facility by publishing, and consistently enforcing, age verification rules, policies and procedures for current and prospective occupants reflects the usual and customary practice of the senior housing industry. Under the HOPA, a ‘‘55 or older’’ housing provider should conduct an initial occupancy survey of the housing community or facility to verify compliance with the HOPA’s ‘‘80 percent occupancy’’ requirement, and should maintain such compliance by periodically reviewing and updating existing age verification records for each occupied dwelling unit at least once every two years. The creation and maintenance of such occupancy/age verification records should occur in the normal course of individual sale or rental housing transactions, and should require minimal preparation time. Further, a senior housing provider’s operating rules, policies and procedures are not privileged or confidential in nature, because such information must be disclosed to current and prospective residents, and to residential real estate professionals. The HOPA exemption also requires that a summary of the occupancy survey results must be made available for public inspection. This summary need not contain confidential information about individual residents; it may simply indicate the total number of dwelling units actually occupied by persons 55 years of age or older. While the supporting age verification records may contain confidential information about individual occupants, such information would be protected from disclosure unless the housing provider claims the ‘‘55 or older’’ housing exemption as an affirmative defense to a jurisdictional familial status discrimination complaint filed with HUD under the Fair Housing Act. HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity will only require a housing provider to disclose such confidential information to HUD if and when HUD investigates a jurisdictional familial status discrimination complaint filed against the housing provider under the Fair Housing Act, and if and when the housing provider claims the ‘‘55 or older’’ housing exemption as an affirmative defense to the complaint. Agency form number(s), if applicable: None. Members of affected public: The HOPA requires that small businesses and other small entities that operate housing intended for occupancy by persons 55 years of age or older must VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:08 Dec 12, 2016 Jkt 241001 routinely collect and update reliable age verification information necessary to meet the eligibility criteria for the HOPA exemption. The record keeping requirements are the responsibility of the housing provider that seeks to qualify for the HOPA exemption. Estimation of the total numbers of hours needed to prepare the information collection, including the number of respondents, frequency of response, and hours of response: The HOPA information collection requirements are the responsibility of the individual housing facility or community that claims eligibility for the HOPA’s ‘‘55 or older’’ housing exemption. The HOPA does not authorize HUD to require submission of this information by individual housing providers as a means of certifying that their housing communities or facilities qualify for the exemption. Further, since the HOPA has no mandatory registration requirement, HUD cannot ascertain the actual number of housing facilities and communities that are currently collecting this information with the intention of qualifying for the HOPA exemption. Accordingly, HUD has estimated that approximately 1,000 housing facilities or communities would seek to qualify for the HOPA exemption. HUD has estimated that the occupancy/age verification data would require routine updating with each new housing transaction within the facility or community, and that the number of such transactions per year might vary significantly depending on the size and nature of the facility or community. HUD also estimated the average number of housing transactions per year at ten (10) transactions per community. HUD concluded that the publication of policies and procedures is likely to be a one-time event, and in most cases will require no additional burden beyond what is done in the normal course of business. The estimated total annual burden hours are 5,500 hours. Status of the proposed information collection: Extension of a currently approved information collection. Authority: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended. Dated: December 2, 2016. Timothy M. Smyth, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Programs. [FR Doc. 2016–29754 Filed 12–12–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 89965 DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–6000–FA–21] Announcement of Funding Awards; Fair Housing Initiatives Program Fiscal Year 2016 Office of the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD. ACTION: Announcement of funding awards. AGENCY: In accordance with section 102(a)(4)(C) of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Reform Act of 1989, this announcement notifies the public of funding decisions made by the Department under the Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. This announcement contains the names and addresses of those award recipients selected for funding based on the rating and ranking of all applications and the amount of the awards. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Myron Newry, Director, FHIP Division, Office of Programs, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW., Room 5230, Washington, DC 20410. Telephone number (202) 402–7095 (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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 3601–19 (the Fair Housing Act) provides the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development with responsibility to accept and investigate complaints alleging discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin in the sale, rental, or financing of most housing. In addition, the Fair Housing Act directs the Secretary to coordinate with State and local agencies administering fair housing laws and to cooperate with and render technical assistance to public or private entities carrying out programs to prevent and eliminate discriminatory housing practices. Section 561 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1987, 42 U.S.C. 3616, established FHIP to strengthen the Department’s enforcement of the Fair Housing Act and to further fair housing. This E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-5911-N-03]


60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request 
Implementation of the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 (HOPA)

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal 
Opportunity, HUD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The proposed information collection requirement established 
under the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 (HOPA) will be 
submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as 
required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. HUD is soliciting 
public comments on the subject proposal.

DATES: Comment Due Date: February 13, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding 
this proposed information collection requirement. Comments should refer 
to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number, and should be sent 
to: Deborah T. Ambers, Equal Opportunity Specialist, Enforcement 
Support Division, Office of Enforcement, Department of Housing and 
Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 5208, Washington, DC 20410-
2000, or the toll-free number for the Federal Relay Service at: 1-(800) 
877-8339.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lynn M. Grosso, Director, Office of 
Enforcement, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th 
Street SW., Room 5226; Washington, DC 20410-2000; telephone (202) 402-
5361 (this is not a toll-free number). Hearing or speech-impaired 
individuals may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free 
Federal Relay Service at: 1-(800) 877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: HUD is submitting this proposed information 
collection requirement to the OMB for review, as required under the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended].
    This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and 
affected agencies concerning the proposed information collection in 
order to: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is 
necessary for the proper performance of HUD's program functions; (2) 
Evaluate the accuracy of HUD's assessment of the paperwork burden that 
may result from the proposed information collection; (3) Enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information which must be 
collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the information collection on 
responders, including the use of appropriate automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology (e.g., permitting 
electronic submission of responses).

Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB

    Title of Proposal: Implementation of the Housing for Older Persons 
Act of 1995 (HOPA).
    Office: Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
    OMB Control Number: 2529-0046.
    Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The 
Fair Housing Act [42 U.S.C. 3601 et seq.], prohibits discrimination in 
the sale, rental, occupancy, advertising, insuring, or financing of 
residential dwellings based on familial status (individuals living in 
households with one or more children under 18 years of age). However, 
under Sec.  3607(b)(2) of the Act, Congress exempted three (3) 
categories of ``housing for older persons'' from liability for familial 
status discrimination: (1) Housing provided under any State or Federal 
program which the Secretary of HUD determines is ``specifically 
designed and operated to assist elderly persons (as defined in the 
State or Federal program)''; (2) housing ``intended for, and solely 
occupied by persons 62 years of age or older''; and (3) housing 
''intended and operated for occupancy by at least one person 55 years 
of age or older per unit [`55 or older' housing].'' In December 1995, 
Congress passed the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 (HOPA) [Pub. 
L. 104-76, 109 STAT. 787] as an amendment to the Fair Housing Act. The 
HOPA modified the ``55 or older'' housing exemption provided under 
Sec.  3607(b)(2)(C) of the Fair Housing Act by eliminating the 
requirement that a housing provider must offer ``significant facilities 
and services specifically designed to meet the physical or social needs 
of older persons.'' In order to qualify for the HOPA exemption, a 
housing community or facility must meet each of the following criteria: 
(1) at least 80 percent of the occupied units in the community or 
facility must be occupied by at least one person who is 55 years of age 
of older; (2) the housing provider must publish and adhere to policies 
and procedures that demonstrate the intent to operate housing for 
persons 55 years of age or older; and (3) the housing provider must 
demonstrate compliance with ``rules issued by the Secretary for 
verification of occupancy, which shall . . . provide for [age] 
verification by reliable surveys and affidavits.''
    The HOPA did not significantly increase the record-keeping burden 
for the ``55 or older'' housing exemption. It describes in greater 
detail the documentary evidence which HUD will consider when 
determining, in the course of a familial status discrimination 
complaint investigation, whether or not a housing facility or community 
qualified for the ``55 or older'' housing exemption as of the date of 
the alleged Fair Housing Act violation.
    The HOPA information collection requirements are necessary to 
demonstrate a housing provider's eligibility to claim the ``55 or 
older'' housing exemption as an affirmative defense to a familial 
status discrimination complaint filed with HUD under the Fair Housing 
Act. The information will be collected in the normal course of business 
in connection with the sale, rental, or occupancy of dwelling units 
situated in qualified senior housing facilities or

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communities. The HOPA's requirement that a housing provider must 
demonstrate the intent to operate a ``55 or older'' housing community 
or facility by publishing, and consistently enforcing, age verification 
rules, policies and procedures for current and prospective occupants 
reflects the usual and customary practice of the senior housing 
industry. Under the HOPA, a ``55 or older'' housing provider should 
conduct an initial occupancy survey of the housing community or 
facility to verify compliance with the HOPA's ``80 percent occupancy'' 
requirement, and should maintain such compliance by periodically 
reviewing and updating existing age verification records for each 
occupied dwelling unit at least once every two years. The creation and 
maintenance of such occupancy/age verification records should occur in 
the normal course of individual sale or rental housing transactions, 
and should require minimal preparation time. Further, a senior housing 
provider's operating rules, policies and procedures are not privileged 
or confidential in nature, because such information must be disclosed 
to current and prospective residents, and to residential real estate 
professionals.
    The HOPA exemption also requires that a summary of the occupancy 
survey results must be made available for public inspection. This 
summary need not contain confidential information about individual 
residents; it may simply indicate the total number of dwelling units 
actually occupied by persons 55 years of age or older. While the 
supporting age verification records may contain confidential 
information about individual occupants, such information would be 
protected from disclosure unless the housing provider claims the ``55 
or older'' housing exemption as an affirmative defense to a 
jurisdictional familial status discrimination complaint filed with HUD 
under the Fair Housing Act. HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal 
Opportunity will only require a housing provider to disclose such 
confidential information to HUD if and when HUD investigates a 
jurisdictional familial status discrimination complaint filed against 
the housing provider under the Fair Housing Act, and if and when the 
housing provider claims the ``55 or older'' housing exemption as an 
affirmative defense to the complaint.
    Agency form number(s), if applicable: None.
    Members of affected public: The HOPA requires that small businesses 
and other small entities that operate housing intended for occupancy by 
persons 55 years of age or older must routinely collect and update 
reliable age verification information necessary to meet the eligibility 
criteria for the HOPA exemption. The record keeping requirements are 
the responsibility of the housing provider that seeks to qualify for 
the HOPA exemption.
    Estimation of the total numbers of hours needed to prepare the 
information collection, including the number of respondents, frequency 
of response, and hours of response: The HOPA information collection 
requirements are the responsibility of the individual housing facility 
or community that claims eligibility for the HOPA's ``55 or older'' 
housing exemption. The HOPA does not authorize HUD to require 
submission of this information by individual housing providers as a 
means of certifying that their housing communities or facilities 
qualify for the exemption. Further, since the HOPA has no mandatory 
registration requirement, HUD cannot ascertain the actual number of 
housing facilities and communities that are currently collecting this 
information with the intention of qualifying for the HOPA exemption. 
Accordingly, HUD has estimated that approximately 1,000 housing 
facilities or communities would seek to qualify for the HOPA exemption. 
HUD has estimated that the occupancy/age verification data would 
require routine updating with each new housing transaction within the 
facility or community, and that the number of such transactions per 
year might vary significantly depending on the size and nature of the 
facility or community. HUD also estimated the average number of housing 
transactions per year at ten (10) transactions per community. HUD 
concluded that the publication of policies and procedures is likely to 
be a one-time event, and in most cases will require no additional 
burden beyond what is done in the normal course of business. The 
estimated total annual burden hours are 5,500 hours.
    Status of the proposed information collection: Extension of a 
currently approved information collection.

    Authority: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended.

    Dated: December 2, 2016.
Timothy M. Smyth,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Programs.
[FR Doc. 2016-29754 Filed 12-12-16; 8:45 am]
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