Notice of Waivers and Alternative Requirements for the Pilot Recovery Housing Program, 38496-38498 [2021-15515]

Download as PDF 38496 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 21, 2021 / Notices profits, state, local and tribal governments. Estimated Number of Respondents: 37,800. Estimated Number of Responses: 61,800. Frequency of Response: 3. Average Hours per Response: .8. Total Estimated Burdens: 56,000 (no change). DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT B. Solicitation of Public Comment SUMMARY: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 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. [Docket No. FR–6265–N–01] Notice of Waivers and Alternative Requirements for the Pilot Recovery Housing Program Office of Community Planning and Development, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This Updated Program Notice describes the program rules, waivers, and alternative requirements that apply to any and all appropriations authorized under Section 8071 of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (‘‘SUPPORT Act’’), entitled Pilot Program to Help Individuals in Recovery From a Substance Use Disorder Become Stably Housed, herein referred to as the Recovery Housing Program, or RHP. This pilot program authorizes assistance to grantees (states and the District of Columbia) to provide stable, temporary housing to individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder. The assistance is limited, per individual, to a period of not more than two years or until the individual secures permanent housing, whichever is earlier. This notice also extends the deadline for submission of fiscal year (FY) 2020 RHP Action Plans provided in HUD’s November 25, 2020, notice entitled, ‘‘Notice of FY 2020 Allocations, Waivers, and Alternative Requirements for the Pilot Recovery Housing Program’’ (‘‘Program Notice’’) and provides instructions for submitting RHP Action Plans for FYs 2020 and 2021. C. Authority DATES: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, James A. Jemison II, having reviewed and approved this document, is delegating the authority to electronically sign this document to submitter, Aaron Santa Anna, who is the Federal Register Liaison for HUD, for purposes of publication in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aaron Santa Anna, Federal Register Liaison for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. [FR Doc. 2021–15454 Filed 7–20–21; 8:45 am] Applicable Date: July 13, 2021. Jessie Handforth Kome, Director, Office of Block Grant Assistance, Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Room 7282, Washington, DC 20410, telephone number 202–708–3587 (this is not a tollfree number). Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339 (this is a toll-free number). Facsimile inquiries may be sent to Ms. Kome at 202–708– 0033 (this is not a toll-free number). Email inquiries may be sent to RecoveryHousing@hud.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background BILLING CODE 4210–67–P A. Authorization and Appropriations Section 8071 of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (Pub. L. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jul 20, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 115–271, approved Oct. 24, 2018) (‘‘SUPPORT Act’’) authorizes the appropriation of funds, as may be necessary, for each fiscal year of 2019 to 2023 for assistance to states to provide stable, temporary housing to individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder. The SUPPORT Act requires amounts appropriated or amounts otherwise made available to grantees for RHP be treated as though such funds are CDBG funds under title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5302) (‘‘HCD Act’’) and authorizes the Secretary of HUD to waive or specify alternative requirements to any provision of title I of the HCD Act necessary to facilitate or expedite the use of RHP funds, except for requirements related to fair housing, nondiscrimination, labor standards, the environment, and requirements that activities benefit persons of low- and moderate-income. The SUPPORT Act authorized HUD to establish a funding formula based on specific factors listed in section 8071 of the SUPPORT Act and to allocate funds appropriated or otherwise made available for RHP according to the established funding formula. HUD published the funding formula in the Federal Register on April 17, 2019 (84 FR 16027) (the ‘‘Formula Notice’’). In accordance with the SUPPORT Act, HUD distributes amounts appropriated for RHP according to the Formula Notice unless the appropriation act directs HUD to do otherwise. Following an appropriation of funds, HUD determines the RHP grantees and publishes their allocation amounts online at https://www.hud.gov/ program_offices/comm_planning/ budget in accordance with the Formula Notice and requirements of the appropriation. Congress appropriated $25,000,000 for RHP in fiscal year (FY) 2020 and $25,000,000 for RHP in FY 2021. HUD allocated the RHP funds to 25 grantees in FY 20 and 27 grantees in FY 21. B. Notice of Program Rules, Waivers, and Alternative Requirements HUD published the ‘‘Notice of FY2020 Allocations, Waivers, and Alternative Requirements for the Pilot Recovery Housing Program’’ (85 FR 75361) (the ‘‘Program Notice’’) on its website on November 4, 2020, and in the Federal Register on November 25, 2020. The Program Notice imposed the rules, waivers, and alternative requirements and provided specific program deadlines that apply for fiscal year 2020 (FY 20). The Program Notice describes requirements on the use of RHP funds and the applicable waivers E:\FR\FM\21JYN1.SGM 21JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 21, 2021 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES and alternative requirements to title I of the HCD Act and 24 CFR part 570 necessary to expedite or facilitate the use of RHP funds. This Updated Program Notice imposes the Program Notice’s rules, waivers and alternative requirements, as amended by this Updated Program Notice, on the use of all existing and future RHP allocations and revises the FY 20 RHP Action Plan submission deadline. Grantees must comply with the applicable requirements at 2 CFR part 200, as amended. Amendments to 2 CFR part 200 may renumber some subparts and regulations. Where RHP notices (with applicability dates preceding the amendments’ effective dates) refer to specific regulations of 2 CFR part 200 that are renumbered or revised by amendments to 2 CFR part 200, the requirements that apply to the grant are the requirements in 2 CFR part 200, as amended, notwithstanding the renumbered regulatory reference. II. Applicable Rules, Waivers, and Alternative Requirements This Updated Program Notice is based on the applicable waivers and alternative requirements to the CDBG program requirements included in the November 25, 2020, Program Notice. The Secretary has determined that those statutory and regulatory waivers and alternative requirements will apply to this Updated Program Notice because they are necessary to expedite or facilitate the use of RHP funds. The waivers and alternative requirements are only applicable to the use of RHP funds and do not apply to CDBG funds used in conjunction with RHP funds or other sources of CDBG funds (i.e., from other grants or guaranteed loan funds) used for RHP-eligible activities. All RHP allocations are subject to the requirements in the Program Notice, as amended by this Updated Program Notice and any subsequent notices (collectively, the ‘‘RHP notices’’). The applicable rules, statutory and regulatory waivers, and alternative requirements described in the RHP notices apply to fiscal year allocations as of the applicability date of each RHP notice. Grantees may use funds from different FY allocations for the same RHP-eligible activity, however, grantees should be aware that each allocation has a distinct period of performance and distinct limitations on administrative and technical assistance costs. A. Submission Deadlines Section I.B. of the Program Notice requires RHP Grantees to submit a RHP Action Plan for FY 20 allocations, including the Form SF–424, application VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jul 20, 2021 Jkt 253001 for federal funds, by August 16, 2021. This Updated Program Notice amends section I.B. and extends the submission deadline for RHP Action Plans for FY 20 allocations to December 31, 2021. Grantees with FY 21 allocations must submit a RHP Action Plan or amendment for FY 21 funds by August 16, 2022, according to the requirements in the Program Notice, as amended by section II.B. of this Updated Program Notice. Grantees will have a single, combined RHP Action Plan for the use of RHP funds, including any and all allocations from existing and future appropriations authorized under the SUPPORT Act. For future allocations, grantees must submit a RHP Action Plan or amendment, including a Form SF–424, application for federal funds, for the allocated funds by August 16 of the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the funds were authorized. For example, a grantee with an allocation in fiscal year 2022 must submit a RHP Action Plan or RHP Action Plan amendment, as well as any required submissions, by August 16, 2023. A grantee’s RHP Action Plan must meet the specific requirements in the Program Notice, as amended by this Updated Program Notice. If a grantee receiving an allocation fails to submit a RHP Action Plan for its allocation by the deadline(s) provided in this Updated Program Notice or submits a RHP Action Plan for less than the total allocation amount, HUD may simultaneously notify the grantee of the reduction in its allocation amount and reallocate those funds in accordance with the SUPPORT Act’s requirements. B. Overview of Grant Process and Modified RHP Action Plan Requirements The following sections describe the RHP Action Plan requirements and process that RHP grantees must complete to access RHP grant funds. These requirements and processes amend those provided in section II.H. of the Program Notice. Grantees that receive a RHP allocation must submit a RHP Action Plan according to the requirements in the Program Notice, as amended by this Updated Program Notice and described below. A grantee will have a single RHP Action Plan that describes the use(s) of RHP funds for all of its allocations. While each fiscal year allocation will be a separate grant with separate grant numbers and agreements, this combined administrative approach of a single RHP Action Plan is intended to expedite and facilitate the use of RHP funds by grantees while reducing administrative PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38497 burden. (Note: RHP Action Plan submissions or substantial amendments for less than the amount of the allocation amount may result in allocation amount reductions. For example, a grantee’s submission for its FY 20 allocation must have activity budgets that amount to its FY 20 funds.) i. Initial RHP Action Plan Submission: A grantee must submit an initial RHP Action Plan pursuant to the requirements in section II.H. of the Program Notice, not later than August 16 of the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the funds were allocated. (Note: RHP Action Plans for FY 20 allocations have an extended deadline of December 31, 2021, as provided by section II.A. of this Updated Program Notice.) For example, a grantee must submit a RHP Action Plan for its FY 21 allocation not later than August 16, 2022. All requirements of section II.H. of the Program Notice related to Action Plan requirements, as amended by this Updated Program Notice, apply to all initial RHP Action Plans, and RHP Action Plans must be submitted to HUD via the Disaster Recovery Grants Reporting (DRGR) system. As a reminder, the citizen participation plan (CPP) may be amended in accordance with 24 CFR 91.105(a)(3) and 91.115(a)(3) concurrently to address RHP funds, and to allow no less than 15 calendar days of public comment and encourage participation by organizations interested in residential recovery programs for individuals with substance use disorders. A grantee may submit an initial RHP Action Plan for multiple allocations. A grantee that submits an initial RHP Action Plan for multiple allocations must submit its RHP Action Plan no later than the deadline for the earliest fiscal year allocation. For example, the deadline for an initial RHP Action Plan that includes both FY 20 and FY 21 allocations is December 31, 2021 (the submission deadline for FY 20 allocations). If submitting a RHP action plan for multiple allocations, the grantee must set up project and activity budgets in the DRGR system for the total of the allocations and submit the RHP Action Plan via the DRGR system in accordance with the requirements in the Program Notice, as amended by this Updated Program Notice. ii. Substantial Amendment Process for Additional Allocation(s): A grantee with a HUD-approved Action Plan for any RHP allocation(s) must submit a substantial amendment to its RHP Action Plan to incorporate any subsequent allocation(s). For example, a grantee that has a HUD-approved RHP Action Plan for its FY 20 allocation E:\FR\FM\21JYN1.SGM 21JYN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 38498 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 21, 2021 / Notices must submit a substantial amendment to incorporate its FY 21 allocation or any future allocations. The grantee must submit the substantial amendment via the DRGR system by the deadline in section II.A. of this Updated Program Notice. In the DRGR system, grantees must ensure any subsequent allocation(s) are fully budgeted in the amendment to the RHP Action Plan prior to submission to HUD. The process for the substantial amendment to the RHP Action Plan for a subsequent allocation is as follows: 1. The grantee amends its RHP Action Plan to incorporate each substantial amendment. The substantial amendment shall include the HUDapproved RHP Action Plan and the modifications made to it by the substantial amendment. A grantee’s substantial amendment(s) to its RHP Action Plan must comply with the requirements in II.H. of the Program Notice, as amended by this Updated Program Notice, and include, at a minimum, the use of the total amount of RHP funds, including prior and new allocations, in the substantial amendment. The grantee may modify existing activities or add new activities to the HUD-approved RHP Action Plan) in a substantial amendment. 2. The grantee publishes each substantial amendment to its RHP Action Plan in accordance with the grantee’s adopted CPP. The grantee shall provide opportunity for public comment and public hearings, if any, on the substantial amendment and consider and summarize public comments received, in accordance with the requirements described in steps 2 and 3 in section II.H. of the Program Notice. 3. The grantee submits its RHP Action Plan to HUD. A complete action plan submission includes items i through xii in section II.H. of the Program Notice. 4. HUD will review the substantial amendment to the RHP Action Plan in accordance with 24 CFR 91.500 and this Updated Program Notice and the Program Notice. 5. Once HUD accepts the substantial amendment to the RHP Action Plan for the subsequent allocation(s), HUD and the grantee will enter into a grant agreement for each new allocation described in the substantial amendment. HUD transmits the RHP grant agreement to the grantee, and the grantee signs and returns the grant agreement for HUD’s signature. 6. HUD will establish the grantee’s line(s) of credit to reflect the amount of new RHP funds. 7. The grantee may draw down funds from each grant’s line of credit, consistent with the applicable draw VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jul 20, 2021 Jkt 253001 down requirements, after the Responsible Entity completes applicable environmental review(s) pursuant to 24 CFR part 58 and, as applicable, receives from HUD or the State the Authority to Use Grant Funds (AUGF) form. C. Timeliness, Period of Performance, and Closeout RHP funds for FY 21 and any subsequent allocations are subject to the same requirements as those for FY 20 allocations provided in the Program Notice, as amended by this Updated Program Notice. Each grant is subject to its RHP expenditure deadline in accordance with the applicable executed grant agreement. Pursuant to the grant agreement, a grantee must expend RHP funds for each RHP grant before the end of the grant’s period of performance. All RHP funds must be expended before the end of the period of performance on September 1 of the seventh Federal fiscal year from the fiscal year of the appropriation, which is 29 days before the RHP appropriation account is cancelled in accordance with 31 U.S.C. 1552(a), 24 CFR 570.200(k), and 24 CFR 570.480(h). For example, if Congress appropriates funds under Section 8071 of the SUPPORT Act for fiscal year 2022, all FY 22 funds must be expended before the end of the period of performance on September 1, 2029. Grant funds are not available for obligation and expenditure after the period of performance. HUD, via the DRGR system, will block remaining RHP funds after the grant expenditure deadline to prevent grantees from drawing down funds past the grant’s period of performance. The grantee will be able to continue drawing down funds from its line(s) of credit for grants still within their period of performance until the expenditure deadline for each such grant has been reached. Additionally, section 8071(c)(1) of the SUPPORT Act requires grantees to ‘‘expend at least 30 percent of such funds within one year of the date funds become available to the grantee for obligation.’’ The date of HUD’s execution of the grant agreement is used for this purpose. Pursuant to 24 CFR 570.496(b) (states) and 570.910(b)(5) (District of Columbia), any amount of funds that exceeds 70% of a grant allocation not expended by such date is subject to cancellation. Pursuant to section II.P. of the Program Notice, HUD will close out RHP grants in accordance with the 24 CFR 570.489(o), which imposes the closeout requirements of 2 CFR part 200. HUD notes that those closeout PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 requirements are now located at 2 CFR 200.344. III. Findings and Certifications Paperwork Reduction Act The information collection requirements in this Updated Program Notice have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520) and assigned OMB Control Number 2506– 0165. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection displays a currently valid OMB control number. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance numbers for RHP grants under the SUPPORT Act are 14.218 (Community Development Block Grants/Entitlement Grants), 14.225 (Community Development Block Grants/Special Purpose Grants/Insular Areas, and 14.228 (Community Development Block Grants/State’s Program and Non-Entitlement Grants in Hawaii) (formerly CDBG Grant/Small Cities Program). 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 at 24 CFR part 50, which implement section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)). The FONSI is available for inspection at HUD’s Funding Opportunities web page. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, James Arthur Jemison II, having reviewed and approved this document, is delegating the authority to electronically sign this document to submitter, Aaron Santa Anna, who is the Federal Register Liaison for HUD, for purposes of publication in the Federal Register. Aaron Santa Anna, Federal Register Liaison, Department of Housing and Urban Development. [FR Doc. 2021–15515 Filed 7–20–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P E:\FR\FM\21JYN1.SGM 21JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-6265-N-01]


Notice of Waivers and Alternative Requirements for the Pilot 
Recovery Housing Program

AGENCY: Office of Community Planning and Development, HUD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This Updated Program Notice describes the program rules, 
waivers, and alternative requirements that apply to any and all 
appropriations authorized under Section 8071 of the SUPPORT for 
Patients and Communities Act (``SUPPORT Act''), entitled Pilot Program 
to Help Individuals in Recovery From a Substance Use Disorder Become 
Stably Housed, herein referred to as the Recovery Housing Program, or 
RHP. This pilot program authorizes assistance to grantees (states and 
the District of Columbia) to provide stable, temporary housing to 
individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder. The assistance 
is limited, per individual, to a period of not more than two years or 
until the individual secures permanent housing, whichever is earlier. 
This notice also extends the deadline for submission of fiscal year 
(FY) 2020 RHP Action Plans provided in HUD's November 25, 2020, notice 
entitled, ``Notice of FY 2020 Allocations, Waivers, and Alternative 
Requirements for the Pilot Recovery Housing Program'' (``Program 
Notice'') and provides instructions for submitting RHP Action Plans for 
FYs 2020 and 2021.

DATES: Applicable Date: July 13, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessie Handforth Kome, Director, 
Office of Block Grant Assistance, Community Planning and Development, 
Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Room 
7282, Washington, DC 20410, telephone number 202-708-3587 (this is not 
a toll-free number). Persons with hearing or speech impairments may 
access this number via TTY by calling the Federal Relay Service at 800-
877-8339 (this is a toll-free number). Facsimile inquiries may be sent 
to Ms. Kome at 202-708-0033 (this is not a toll-free number). Email 
inquiries may be sent to [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

A. Authorization and Appropriations

    Section 8071 of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (Pub. 
L. 115-271, approved Oct. 24, 2018) (``SUPPORT Act'') authorizes the 
appropriation of funds, as may be necessary, for each fiscal year of 
2019 to 2023 for assistance to states to provide stable, temporary 
housing to individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder. The 
SUPPORT Act requires amounts appropriated or amounts otherwise made 
available to grantees for RHP be treated as though such funds are CDBG 
funds under title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 
1974 (42 U.S.C. 5302) (``HCD Act'') and authorizes the Secretary of HUD 
to waive or specify alternative requirements to any provision of title 
I of the HCD Act necessary to facilitate or expedite the use of RHP 
funds, except for requirements related to fair housing, 
nondiscrimination, labor standards, the environment, and requirements 
that activities benefit persons of low- and moderate-income.
    The SUPPORT Act authorized HUD to establish a funding formula based 
on specific factors listed in section 8071 of the SUPPORT Act and to 
allocate funds appropriated or otherwise made available for RHP 
according to the established funding formula. HUD published the funding 
formula in the Federal Register on April 17, 2019 (84 FR 16027) (the 
``Formula Notice''). In accordance with the SUPPORT Act, HUD 
distributes amounts appropriated for RHP according to the Formula 
Notice unless the appropriation act directs HUD to do otherwise. 
Following an appropriation of funds, HUD determines the RHP grantees 
and publishes their allocation amounts online at https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/comm_planning/budget in accordance with the Formula 
Notice and requirements of the appropriation. Congress appropriated 
$25,000,000 for RHP in fiscal year (FY) 2020 and $25,000,000 for RHP in 
FY 2021. HUD allocated the RHP funds to 25 grantees in FY 20 and 27 
grantees in FY 21.

B. Notice of Program Rules, Waivers, and Alternative Requirements

    HUD published the ``Notice of FY2020 Allocations, Waivers, and 
Alternative Requirements for the Pilot Recovery Housing Program'' (85 
FR 75361) (the ``Program Notice'') on its website on November 4, 2020, 
and in the Federal Register on November 25, 2020. The Program Notice 
imposed the rules, waivers, and alternative requirements and provided 
specific program deadlines that apply for fiscal year 2020 (FY 20). The 
Program Notice describes requirements on the use of RHP funds and the 
applicable waivers

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and alternative requirements to title I of the HCD Act and 24 CFR part 
570 necessary to expedite or facilitate the use of RHP funds. This 
Updated Program Notice imposes the Program Notice's rules, waivers and 
alternative requirements, as amended by this Updated Program Notice, on 
the use of all existing and future RHP allocations and revises the FY 
20 RHP Action Plan submission deadline. Grantees must comply with the 
applicable requirements at 2 CFR part 200, as amended. Amendments to 2 
CFR part 200 may renumber some subparts and regulations. Where RHP 
notices (with applicability dates preceding the amendments' effective 
dates) refer to specific regulations of 2 CFR part 200 that are 
renumbered or revised by amendments to 2 CFR part 200, the requirements 
that apply to the grant are the requirements in 2 CFR part 200, as 
amended, notwithstanding the renumbered regulatory reference.

II. Applicable Rules, Waivers, and Alternative Requirements

    This Updated Program Notice is based on the applicable waivers and 
alternative requirements to the CDBG program requirements included in 
the November 25, 2020, Program Notice. The Secretary has determined 
that those statutory and regulatory waivers and alternative 
requirements will apply to this Updated Program Notice because they are 
necessary to expedite or facilitate the use of RHP funds. The waivers 
and alternative requirements are only applicable to the use of RHP 
funds and do not apply to CDBG funds used in conjunction with RHP funds 
or other sources of CDBG funds (i.e., from other grants or guaranteed 
loan funds) used for RHP-eligible activities.
    All RHP allocations are subject to the requirements in the Program 
Notice, as amended by this Updated Program Notice and any subsequent 
notices (collectively, the ``RHP notices''). The applicable rules, 
statutory and regulatory waivers, and alternative requirements 
described in the RHP notices apply to fiscal year allocations as of the 
applicability date of each RHP notice. Grantees may use funds from 
different FY allocations for the same RHP-eligible activity, however, 
grantees should be aware that each allocation has a distinct period of 
performance and distinct limitations on administrative and technical 
assistance costs.

A. Submission Deadlines

    Section I.B. of the Program Notice requires RHP Grantees to submit 
a RHP Action Plan for FY 20 allocations, including the Form SF-424, 
application for federal funds, by August 16, 2021. This Updated Program 
Notice amends section I.B. and extends the submission deadline for RHP 
Action Plans for FY 20 allocations to December 31, 2021. Grantees with 
FY 21 allocations must submit a RHP Action Plan or amendment for FY 21 
funds by August 16, 2022, according to the requirements in the Program 
Notice, as amended by section II.B. of this Updated Program Notice.
    Grantees will have a single, combined RHP Action Plan for the use 
of RHP funds, including any and all allocations from existing and 
future appropriations authorized under the SUPPORT Act. For future 
allocations, grantees must submit a RHP Action Plan or amendment, 
including a Form SF-424, application for federal funds, for the 
allocated funds by August 16 of the fiscal year following the fiscal 
year in which the funds were authorized. For example, a grantee with an 
allocation in fiscal year 2022 must submit a RHP Action Plan or RHP 
Action Plan amendment, as well as any required submissions, by August 
16, 2023.
    A grantee's RHP Action Plan must meet the specific requirements in 
the Program Notice, as amended by this Updated Program Notice. If a 
grantee receiving an allocation fails to submit a RHP Action Plan for 
its allocation by the deadline(s) provided in this Updated Program 
Notice or submits a RHP Action Plan for less than the total allocation 
amount, HUD may simultaneously notify the grantee of the reduction in 
its allocation amount and reallocate those funds in accordance with the 
SUPPORT Act's requirements.

B. Overview of Grant Process and Modified RHP Action Plan Requirements

    The following sections describe the RHP Action Plan requirements 
and process that RHP grantees must complete to access RHP grant funds. 
These requirements and processes amend those provided in section II.H. 
of the Program Notice. Grantees that receive a RHP allocation must 
submit a RHP Action Plan according to the requirements in the Program 
Notice, as amended by this Updated Program Notice and described below.
    A grantee will have a single RHP Action Plan that describes the 
use(s) of RHP funds for all of its allocations. While each fiscal year 
allocation will be a separate grant with separate grant numbers and 
agreements, this combined administrative approach of a single RHP 
Action Plan is intended to expedite and facilitate the use of RHP funds 
by grantees while reducing administrative burden. (Note: RHP Action 
Plan submissions or substantial amendments for less than the amount of 
the allocation amount may result in allocation amount reductions. For 
example, a grantee's submission for its FY 20 allocation must have 
activity budgets that amount to its FY 20 funds.)
    i. Initial RHP Action Plan Submission: A grantee must submit an 
initial RHP Action Plan pursuant to the requirements in section II.H. 
of the Program Notice, not later than August 16 of the fiscal year 
following the fiscal year in which the funds were allocated. (Note: RHP 
Action Plans for FY 20 allocations have an extended deadline of 
December 31, 2021, as provided by section II.A. of this Updated Program 
Notice.) For example, a grantee must submit a RHP Action Plan for its 
FY 21 allocation not later than August 16, 2022. All requirements of 
section II.H. of the Program Notice related to Action Plan 
requirements, as amended by this Updated Program Notice, apply to all 
initial RHP Action Plans, and RHP Action Plans must be submitted to HUD 
via the Disaster Recovery Grants Reporting (DRGR) system. As a 
reminder, the citizen participation plan (CPP) may be amended in 
accordance with 24 CFR 91.105(a)(3) and 91.115(a)(3) concurrently to 
address RHP funds, and to allow no less than 15 calendar days of public 
comment and encourage participation by organizations interested in 
residential recovery programs for individuals with substance use 
disorders.
    A grantee may submit an initial RHP Action Plan for multiple 
allocations. A grantee that submits an initial RHP Action Plan for 
multiple allocations must submit its RHP Action Plan no later than the 
deadline for the earliest fiscal year allocation. For example, the 
deadline for an initial RHP Action Plan that includes both FY 20 and FY 
21 allocations is December 31, 2021 (the submission deadline for FY 20 
allocations). If submitting a RHP action plan for multiple allocations, 
the grantee must set up project and activity budgets in the DRGR system 
for the total of the allocations and submit the RHP Action Plan via the 
DRGR system in accordance with the requirements in the Program Notice, 
as amended by this Updated Program Notice.
    ii. Substantial Amendment Process for Additional Allocation(s): A 
grantee with a HUD-approved Action Plan for any RHP allocation(s) must 
submit a substantial amendment to its RHP Action Plan to incorporate 
any subsequent allocation(s). For example, a grantee that has a HUD-
approved RHP Action Plan for its FY 20 allocation

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must submit a substantial amendment to incorporate its FY 21 allocation 
or any future allocations. The grantee must submit the substantial 
amendment via the DRGR system by the deadline in section II.A. of this 
Updated Program Notice. In the DRGR system, grantees must ensure any 
subsequent allocation(s) are fully budgeted in the amendment to the RHP 
Action Plan prior to submission to HUD. The process for the substantial 
amendment to the RHP Action Plan for a subsequent allocation is as 
follows:
    1. The grantee amends its RHP Action Plan to incorporate each 
substantial amendment. The substantial amendment shall include the HUD-
approved RHP Action Plan and the modifications made to it by the 
substantial amendment. A grantee's substantial amendment(s) to its RHP 
Action Plan must comply with the requirements in II.H. of the Program 
Notice, as amended by this Updated Program Notice, and include, at a 
minimum, the use of the total amount of RHP funds, including prior and 
new allocations, in the substantial amendment. The grantee may modify 
existing activities or add new activities to the HUD-approved RHP 
Action Plan) in a substantial amendment.
    2. The grantee publishes each substantial amendment to its RHP 
Action Plan in accordance with the grantee's adopted CPP. The grantee 
shall provide opportunity for public comment and public hearings, if 
any, on the substantial amendment and consider and summarize public 
comments received, in accordance with the requirements described in 
steps 2 and 3 in section II.H. of the Program Notice.
    3. The grantee submits its RHP Action Plan to HUD. A complete 
action plan submission includes items i through xii in section II.H. of 
the Program Notice.
    4. HUD will review the substantial amendment to the RHP Action Plan 
in accordance with 24 CFR 91.500 and this Updated Program Notice and 
the Program Notice.
    5. Once HUD accepts the substantial amendment to the RHP Action 
Plan for the subsequent allocation(s), HUD and the grantee will enter 
into a grant agreement for each new allocation described in the 
substantial amendment. HUD transmits the RHP grant agreement to the 
grantee, and the grantee signs and returns the grant agreement for 
HUD's signature.
    6. HUD will establish the grantee's line(s) of credit to reflect 
the amount of new RHP funds.
    7. The grantee may draw down funds from each grant's line of 
credit, consistent with the applicable draw down requirements, after 
the Responsible Entity completes applicable environmental review(s) 
pursuant to 24 CFR part 58 and, as applicable, receives from HUD or the 
State the Authority to Use Grant Funds (AUGF) form.

C. Timeliness, Period of Performance, and Closeout

    RHP funds for FY 21 and any subsequent allocations are subject to 
the same requirements as those for FY 20 allocations provided in the 
Program Notice, as amended by this Updated Program Notice. Each grant 
is subject to its RHP expenditure deadline in accordance with the 
applicable executed grant agreement. Pursuant to the grant agreement, a 
grantee must expend RHP funds for each RHP grant before the end of the 
grant's period of performance. All RHP funds must be expended before 
the end of the period of performance on September 1 of the seventh 
Federal fiscal year from the fiscal year of the appropriation, which is 
29 days before the RHP appropriation account is cancelled in accordance 
with 31 U.S.C. 1552(a), 24 CFR 570.200(k), and 24 CFR 570.480(h). For 
example, if Congress appropriates funds under Section 8071 of the 
SUPPORT Act for fiscal year 2022, all FY 22 funds must be expended 
before the end of the period of performance on September 1, 2029. Grant 
funds are not available for obligation and expenditure after the period 
of performance.
    HUD, via the DRGR system, will block remaining RHP funds after the 
grant expenditure deadline to prevent grantees from drawing down funds 
past the grant's period of performance. The grantee will be able to 
continue drawing down funds from its line(s) of credit for grants still 
within their period of performance until the expenditure deadline for 
each such grant has been reached.
    Additionally, section 8071(c)(1) of the SUPPORT Act requires 
grantees to ``expend at least 30 percent of such funds within one year 
of the date funds become available to the grantee for obligation.'' The 
date of HUD's execution of the grant agreement is used for this 
purpose. Pursuant to 24 CFR 570.496(b) (states) and 570.910(b)(5) 
(District of Columbia), any amount of funds that exceeds 70% of a grant 
allocation not expended by such date is subject to cancellation.
    Pursuant to section II.P. of the Program Notice, HUD will close out 
RHP grants in accordance with the 24 CFR 570.489(o), which imposes the 
closeout requirements of 2 CFR part 200. HUD notes that those closeout 
requirements are now located at 2 CFR 200.344.

III. Findings and Certifications

Paperwork Reduction Act

    The information collection requirements in this Updated Program 
Notice have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520) and 
assigned OMB Control Number 2506-0165. In accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act, HUD may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not 
required to respond to, a collection of information unless the 
collection displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

    The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance numbers for RHP grants 
under the SUPPORT Act are 14.218 (Community Development Block Grants/
Entitlement Grants), 14.225 (Community Development Block Grants/Special 
Purpose Grants/Insular Areas, and 14.228 (Community Development Block 
Grants/State's Program and Non-Entitlement Grants in Hawaii) (formerly 
CDBG Grant/Small Cities Program).

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 at 24 CFR 
part 50, which implement section 102(2)(C) of the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)). The FONSI is 
available for inspection at HUD's Funding Opportunities web page.

    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and 
Development, James Arthur Jemison II, having reviewed and approved 
this document, is delegating the authority to electronically sign 
this document to submitter, Aaron Santa Anna, who is the Federal 
Register Liaison for HUD, for purposes of publication in the Federal 
Register.

Aaron Santa Anna,
Federal Register Liaison, Department of Housing and Urban Development.
[FR Doc. 2021-15515 Filed 7-20-21; 8:45 am]
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