Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB; Implementation of the Violence Against Women (VAWA) and Justice Department Reauthorization Act of 2005
The proposed information collection requirement described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval, as required by the paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. This is a request for information collection that will be used by PHAs and owners to request that an individual, in response to an incident or incidents of actual or threatened domestic violence, dating violence or stalking that may affect a tenant's participation in the housing program to request in writing that an individual complete, sign and submit within 14 business days of the request, a HUD-approved certification form. On the form, the individual certifies that he/she is a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, and that the incident or incidences in question are bona fide incidences of such actual or threatened abuse. On the certification form, the individual must provide the name of the perpetrator. PHAs are instructed that the delivery of the certification form to the tenant in response to incident via mail may place the victim at risk, e.g., the abuser may monitor the mail; consequently, PHAs, owners and managers may require that the tenant come into the office to pick up the certification form. PHAs and owners are also encouraged to work with tenants to make delivery arrangements that do not place the tenant at risk. If the individual does not provide the certification form or alternate documentation that may satisfy the certification requirements by the 14th business days or after any extension of that date provided by the PHA, owner or manager, none of the protections afforded to the victim of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking by sections 606 or 607 will apply. The PHA, owner or manager would therefore be free to evict, or terminate assistance, in the circumstances authorized by otherwise applicable law and lease provisions, without regard to the amendments made by section 606 and 607.