Rental Assistance Demonstration: Supplemental Guidance on Final Notice, 31169-31170 [2018-14210]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 128 / Tuesday, July 3, 2018 / Notices award. For any multi-phase awards issued prior to March 22, 2018, HUD may approve extensions up to September 30, 2024 on a case-by-case basis. 5. When a PHA returns RAD authority to HUD by submitting a voluntary withdrawal of a project and subsequently requests new RAD authority for the same project within one month thereafter, provided that HUD has authority to make awards under the 455,000 unit statutory cap, HUD may approve issuance of a replacement CHAP without the requirement that the PHA submit the application materials that would otherwise be required. The replacement CHAP will include the original CHAP issuance date, but will have rents based on the applicable RAD rent base year as described above. For example, a withdrawal of a CHAP and subsequent request for new RAD authority that occurs in September of 2018 would have rents based on FY 16 rent levels as modified in Paragraph 2. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES III. Second Component: Initial Contract Rents for Rent Supplement and RAP Conversions For Project Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) conversions, properties currently assisted through the Rent Supp and RAP programs that are located in High Cost Areas as identified in Housing Notice 2017–06 shall have initial rents set at comparable market rents, without regard to any Fair Market Rent (FMR) cap, but as otherwise described in PIH 2012–32 (HA) H 2017– 03, REV–3. Over the 20-year term of the HAP contract, contract rents will be adjusted using the processes described in the HUD Section 8 Renewal Policy Guidebook under Option 1A: Mark-UpTo-Market. For Project-Based Voucher (PBV) conversions, HUD is not prepared to implement this modification to initial contract rent setting at this time. IV. No Rescreening of Tenants Upon Conversion Under the Second Component At conversion under the RAD Second Component, current households cannot be excluded from occupancy at the Covered Project (as defined in the RAD program notice) based on any rescreening, income eligibility, or income targeting. With respect to occupancy in the Covered Project, current households in the Converting Project will be grandfathered for application of any eligibility criteria to conditions that occurred prior to conversion but will be subject to any ongoing eligibility requirements for VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Jul 02, 2018 Jkt 244001 actions that occur after conversion. These protections also apply when a household is relocated to facilitate construction or rehabilitation work following conversion and subsequently returns to the Covered Project. Postconversion, the tenure of all residents of the Covered Project is protected pursuant to PBV or PBRA requirements regarding continued occupancy. For example, a unit with a household that was over-income at time of conversion would continue to be treated as an assisted unit. Thus, 24 CFR 982.201, concerning eligibility and targeting of tenants for initial occupancy, and the first clause of section 8(c)(4) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 and 24 CFR 880.603(b), concerning determination of eligibility and selection of tenants for initial occupancy, will not apply for current households. Once the grandfathered household moves out, the unit must be leased to an eligible family. V. Finding of No Significant Impact A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) with respect to the environment has been made in accordance with HUD regulations in 24 CFR part 50, which implemented section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)). The FONSI is available for public inspection during regular business hours in the Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Room 10276, Washington, DC 20410– 0500. Due to security measures at HUD Headquarters building, please schedule an appointment to review the FONSI by calling the Regulations Division at 202– 708–3055 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. Dated: June 22, 2018. Dominique Blom, General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. Brian Montgomery, Assistant Secretary for Housing, Federal Housing Commissioner. [FR Doc. 2018–14248 Filed 7–2–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 31169 DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–6106–N–01] Rental Assistance Demonstration: Supplemental Guidance on Final Notice Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: On July 26, 2012, HUD announced through notice in the Federal Register the implementation of the statutorily authorized Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), which provides the opportunity to test the conversion of public housing and other HUD-assisted properties to long-term, project-based Section 8 rental assistance. The July 26, 2012 notice provided for full implementation of RAD, and the posting of the Final Program Notice (Final Program Notice, PIH–2012–32) on HUD’s RAD website. HUD subsequently issued a number of revised program notices, the most recent on January 12, 2017 (PIH 2012–32/ Housing 2017–03 REV–3). This notice announces the posting of a supplement to the most current notice PIH 2012–32/ Housing 2017–03 REV–3 (RAD Supplemental Notice, PIH 2018–11/H 2018–05). As provided by the RAD Statute, this notice addresses the requirement that the demonstration may proceed after HUD publishes the terms of the notice in the Federal Register. This notice summarizes the key changes made to the PIH 2012–32/Housing 2017–03 REV–3 through the RAD Supplemental Notice, PIH 2018–11/H 2018–05. This notice also meets the RAD statutory requirement to publish at least 10 days before they may take effect, waivers and alternative requirements authorized by the statute, which does not prevent the demonstration, as modified, from proceeding immediately. DATES: The RAD Supplemental Notice, PIH 2018–11/H 2018–05, other than those items listed as new statutory or regulatory waivers or alternative requirements specified in this notice, is effective July 3, 2018. The new statutory and regulatory waivers and alternative requirements are effective July 13, 2018. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit questions or comments electronically to rad@ hud.gov. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\03JYN1.SGM 03JYN1 31170 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 128 / Tuesday, July 3, 2018 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William A. Lavy, Director, Program Administration Division, Office of Recapitalization, Office of Multifamily Programs, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW, Room 6230, Washington, DC 20410; telephone 202–708–0614. (This is not a toll-free number.) Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339. To assure a timely response, HUD recommends that requests for further information be submitted electronically to the email address rad@hud.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background RAD, authorized by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 (Pub. L. 122–55, signed November 18, 2011) (2012 Appropriations Act), allows for the conversion of assistance under the public housing, Rent Supplement (Rent Supp), Rental Assistance (RAP), Moderate Rehabilitation (Mod Rehab), and Mod Rehab Single Room Occupancy (SRO) programs (collectively, ‘‘covered programs’’) to long-term, renewable assistance under Section 8. The most recent version of the RAD program notice is PIH 2012– 32/Housing 2017–03, REV–3, located at https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/ RAD_Notice_Rev3_Final.docx. II. Key Changes The following highlights key changes to the RAD program that are included in the Supplemental Program Notice: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES First Component (Public Housing Conversions) 1. Expands the rent setting flexibility referred to as Rent Bundling in the current RAD program notice PIH 2012– 32/Housing 2017–03 to permit PHAs to rent bundle between RAD Project-Based Voucher (PBV) and non-RAD PBV projects. Under this provision, rents of non-RAD PBV contracts are reduced by the equivalent increase to the RAD PBV initial contract rents. 2. Permits PHAs to establish projectspecific utility allowances for Covered Projects. When a RAD conversion results in the reduction of one or more utility components used to establish the utility allowance, HUD will permit the RAD contract rent to be increased by a portion of the utility savings. 3. Provides alternative developer fee limits when a PHA adopts a waiting list preference for households exiting homelessness. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Jul 02, 2018 Jkt 244001 4. Establishes that HUD will disapprove a proposed conversion where a PHA is using 24 CFR 970.17(b) or 970.17(c) to dispose of other units at a proposed project and HUD determines that the PHA’s use of both RAD and disposition under those sections undermines the unit replacement requirements of the RAD program. 5. Creates a streamlined conversion option for PHAs that have a very small public housing portfolio of 50 units or less that will not involve any rehabilitation, new construction, or relocation. III. New Waivers and Alternative Requirements The RAD Statute provides that waivers and alternative requirements authorized under the First Component must be published by notice in the Federal Register no later than 10 days before the effective date of such notice. Under the Second Component of RAD, HUD is authorized to waive or alter the provisions of subparagraphs (C) and (D) of section 8(o)(13) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f) (the 1937 Act). HUD has previously published its waivers and alternative requirements for RAD, on July 26, 2012 (77 FR 43850), July 2, 2013 (78 FR 39759), June 26, 2015 (80 FR 36830), and January 19, 2017 (82 FR 6615). This notice only includes waivers and alternative requirements not previously published or that have changed from previous publications. Although waivers or alternative requirements under the Second Component are not subject to a Federal Register publication requirement, the new Second Component waivers and alternative requirements are included in this notice as a matter of convenience. The new waiver and alternative requirement is: 1. PBV Site-Specific Utility Allowances. Provisions affected: 24 CFR 983.301(f)(2)(ii), 24 CFR 983.2(c)(6)(iii) and 24 CFR 982.517; RAD Implementation Notice, Attachment 1C: Calculation of HAP Contract Rents for Conversions of Assistance from Public Housing to PBRA or PBV. Waiver: HUD has determined that the specified sections of its regulations will not apply to RAD conversions to Project Based Vouchers (PBV). Alternative requirements: The Utility Allowance shall be calculated in the manner specified in Housing Notice H–2015–04 (June 22, 2015) unless PIH promulgates utility allowance guidance specific to the PBV program. The Project Owner may carry out all activities of owners and management agents associated with PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Housing Notice 2015–04, but the PHA must ensure that the Utility Allowance is calculated correctly. IV. Revised Program Notice Availability The RAD Supplemental Notice (PIH 2018–11/H 2018–05) can be found on RAD’s website, www.hud.gov/RAD. V. Finding of No Significant Impact A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) with respect to the environment has been made in accordance with HUD regulations in 24 CFR part 50, which implemented section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)). The FONSI is available for public inspection during regular business hours in the Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Room 10276, Washington, DC 20410– 0500. Due to security measures at the HUD Headquarters building, please schedule an appointment to review the FONSI by calling the Regulations Division at (202) 708–3055 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339. Dated: June 22, 2018. Dominique Blom, General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. 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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-6106-N-01]


Rental Assistance Demonstration: Supplemental Guidance on Final 
Notice

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: On July 26, 2012, HUD announced through notice in the Federal 
Register the implementation of the statutorily authorized Rental 
Assistance Demonstration (RAD), which provides the opportunity to test 
the conversion of public housing and other HUD-assisted properties to 
long-term, project-based Section 8 rental assistance. The July 26, 2012 
notice provided for full implementation of RAD, and the posting of the 
Final Program Notice (Final Program Notice, PIH-2012-32) on HUD's RAD 
website. HUD subsequently issued a number of revised program notices, 
the most recent on January 12, 2017 (PIH 2012-32/Housing 2017-03 REV-
3). This notice announces the posting of a supplement to the most 
current notice PIH 2012-32/Housing 2017-03 REV-3 (RAD Supplemental 
Notice, PIH 2018-11/H 2018-05). As provided by the RAD Statute, this 
notice addresses the requirement that the demonstration may proceed 
after HUD publishes the terms of the notice in the Federal Register. 
This notice summarizes the key changes made to the PIH 2012-32/Housing 
2017-03 REV-3 through the RAD Supplemental Notice, PIH 2018-11/H 2018-
05. This notice also meets the RAD statutory requirement to publish at 
least 10 days before they may take effect, waivers and alternative 
requirements authorized by the statute, which does not prevent the 
demonstration, as modified, from proceeding immediately.

DATES: The RAD Supplemental Notice, PIH 2018-11/H 2018-05, other than 
those items listed as new statutory or regulatory waivers or 
alternative requirements specified in this notice, is effective July 3, 
2018.
    The new statutory and regulatory waivers and alternative 
requirements are effective July 13, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit questions or 
comments electronically to [email protected].

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William A. Lavy, Director, Program 
Administration Division, Office of Recapitalization, Office of 
Multifamily Programs, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 
Seventh Street SW, Room 6230, Washington, DC 20410; telephone 202-708-
0614. (This is not a toll-free number.) Individuals with speech or 
hearing impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the 
toll-free Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. To assure a timely 
response, HUD recommends that requests for further information be 
submitted electronically to the email address [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    RAD, authorized by the Consolidated and Further Continuing 
Appropriations Act, 2012 (Pub. L. 122-55, signed November 18, 2011) 
(2012 Appropriations Act), allows for the conversion of assistance 
under the public housing, Rent Supplement (Rent Supp), Rental 
Assistance (RAP), Moderate Rehabilitation (Mod Rehab), and Mod Rehab 
Single Room Occupancy (SRO) programs (collectively, ``covered 
programs'') to long-term, renewable assistance under Section 8. The 
most recent version of the RAD program notice is PIH 2012-32/Housing 
2017-03, REV-3, located at https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/RAD_Notice_Rev3_Final.docx.

II. Key Changes

    The following highlights key changes to the RAD program that are 
included in the Supplemental Program Notice:

First Component (Public Housing Conversions)

    1. Expands the rent setting flexibility referred to as Rent 
Bundling in the current RAD program notice PIH 2012-32/Housing 2017-03 
to permit PHAs to rent bundle between RAD Project-Based Voucher (PBV) 
and non-RAD PBV projects. Under this provision, rents of non-RAD PBV 
contracts are reduced by the equivalent increase to the RAD PBV initial 
contract rents.
    2. Permits PHAs to establish project-specific utility allowances 
for Covered Projects. When a RAD conversion results in the reduction of 
one or more utility components used to establish the utility allowance, 
HUD will permit the RAD contract rent to be increased by a portion of 
the utility savings.
    3. Provides alternative developer fee limits when a PHA adopts a 
waiting list preference for households exiting homelessness.
    4. Establishes that HUD will disapprove a proposed conversion where 
a PHA is using 24 CFR 970.17(b) or 970.17(c) to dispose of other units 
at a proposed project and HUD determines that the PHA's use of both RAD 
and disposition under those sections undermines the unit replacement 
requirements of the RAD program.
    5. Creates a streamlined conversion option for PHAs that have a 
very small public housing portfolio of 50 units or less that will not 
involve any rehabilitation, new construction, or relocation.

III. New Waivers and Alternative Requirements

    The RAD Statute provides that waivers and alternative requirements 
authorized under the First Component must be published by notice in the 
Federal Register no later than 10 days before the effective date of 
such notice. Under the Second Component of RAD, HUD is authorized to 
waive or alter the provisions of subparagraphs (C) and (D) of section 
8(o)(13) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f) 
(the 1937 Act).
    HUD has previously published its waivers and alternative 
requirements for RAD, on July 26, 2012 (77 FR 43850), July 2, 2013 (78 
FR 39759), June 26, 2015 (80 FR 36830), and January 19, 2017 (82 FR 
6615). This notice only includes waivers and alternative requirements 
not previously published or that have changed from previous 
publications. Although waivers or alternative requirements under the 
Second Component are not subject to a Federal Register publication 
requirement, the new Second Component waivers and alternative 
requirements are included in this notice as a matter of convenience.
    The new waiver and alternative requirement is:
    1. PBV Site-Specific Utility Allowances. Provisions affected: 24 
CFR 983.301(f)(2)(ii), 24 CFR 983.2(c)(6)(iii) and 24 CFR 982.517; RAD 
Implementation Notice, Attachment 1C: Calculation of HAP Contract Rents 
for Conversions of Assistance from Public Housing to PBRA or PBV. 
Waiver: HUD has determined that the specified sections of its 
regulations will not apply to RAD conversions to Project Based Vouchers 
(PBV). Alternative requirements: The Utility Allowance shall be 
calculated in the manner specified in Housing Notice H-2015-04 (June 
22, 2015) unless PIH promulgates utility allowance guidance specific to 
the PBV program. The Project Owner may carry out all activities of 
owners and management agents associated with Housing Notice 2015-04, 
but the PHA must ensure that the Utility Allowance is calculated 
correctly.

IV. Revised Program Notice Availability

    The RAD Supplemental Notice (PIH 2018-11/H 2018-05) can be found on 
RAD's website, www.hud.gov/RAD.

V. Finding of No Significant Impact

    A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) with respect to the 
environment has been made in accordance with HUD regulations in 24 CFR 
part 50, which implemented section 102(2)(C) of the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)). The FONSI is 
available for public inspection during regular business hours in the 
Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing 
and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Room 10276, Washington, DC 
20410-0500. Due to security measures at the HUD Headquarters building, 
please schedule an appointment to review the FONSI by calling the 
Regulations Division at (202) 708-3055 (this is not a toll-free 
number). Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may access this 
number via TTY by calling the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

    Dated: June 22, 2018.
Dominique Blom,
General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.
Brian Montgomery,
Assistant Secretary for Housing, Federal Housing Commissioner.
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