Department of Housing and Urban Development March 5, 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Allocations, Common Application, Waivers, and Alternative Requirements for Grantees Receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Funds in Response to Hurricane Sandy
Document Number: 2013-05170
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-05
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This Notice advises the public of the initial allocation of $5,400,000,000 of Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery (CDBG-DR) funds appropriated by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (Pub. L. 113-2) for the purpose of assisting recovery in the most impacted and distressed areas declared a major disaster due to Hurricane Sandy. This Notice describes applicable waivers and alternative requirements, relevant statutory provisions for grants provided under this Notice, the grant award process, criteria for plan approval, and eligible disaster recovery activities.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request: The Housing Counseling Federal Advisory Committee Membership Application
Document Number: 2013-05090
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-05
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request: Single Family Premium Collection Subsystem-Upfront (SFPCS-U)
Document Number: 2013-05088
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-05
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Notice of Single Family Loan Sales (SFLS 2013-1)
Document Number: 2013-05086
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-05
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This notice announces HUD's intention to competitively sell certain unsubsidized single family mortgage loans, in a sealed bid sale offering called SFLS 2013-1, without Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insurance. This notice also generally describes the bidding process for the sale and describes certain persons who are ineligible to bid. This first sale of Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 is scheduled for March 2013. FHA also expects to conduct two additional sales in FY 2013 in June and September 2013.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB: Community Development Block Grant Recovery (CDBG-R) Program
Document Number: 2013-05085
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-05
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. This request identifies the estimated reporting burden associated with the reporting of CDBG-R assisted activities as they are completed and closing out the CDBG-R program. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) appropriated $1 Billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to states and local governments that received CDBG funding in Fiscal Year 2008 to carry out, on an expedited basis, eligible activities under the CDBG program. The purpose of the CDBG-R funding was to stimulate the economy through measures that modernized the Nation's infrastructure, improved energy efficiency, and expanded educational opportunities and access to health care. All CDBG-R funds were required to be expended by September 30, 2012. Any CDBG-R funds remaining after that date were recaptured by HUD and returned to Treasury. The Recovery Act did not specify a requirement regarding the date for completion of CDBG-R assisted activities, although grantees were required to give preference to activities that could be started and completed expeditiously. While the CDBG-R expenditure deadline has passed, all CDBG-R assisted activities have not been completed. New activities were added over time when grantees amended their 2008 substantial amendments to add such activities because previously identified activities came in under budget, were identified as imprudent, or did not meet the purposes of the Recovery Act. Once CDBG-R assisted activities meet a national objective and are physically complete, grantees may proceed in closing out their CDBG-R programs. Grantees must complete their final reports in federalreporting.gov before closing out their CDBG-R grants. HUD expects grantees to be ready to begin closing out their grants by March 31, 2013. Once final reports are completed in federalreporting.gov, grantees may begin the process of closing out their CDBG-R grants. This process requires grantees to submit their final federalreporting.gov report and prepare and submit a CDBG-R Program Grantee Closeout Certification, a CDBG-R closeout checklist, Grant Closeout Agreement, and a Federal Financial Report (SF 425) to local HUD Field Offices. The Recovery Act requires that not later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter, each recipient that received recovery funds from a federal agency shall submit a report to that agency that contains: (1) The total amount of recovery funds received from that agency; (2) the amount of recovery funds received that were expended or obligated to projects or activities; and (3) a detailed list of all projects or activities for which recovery funds were expended or obligated, including (A) the name of the project or activity; (B) a description of the project or activity; (C) an evaluation of the completion status of the project or activity; (D) an estimate of the number of jobs created and the number of jobs retained by the project or activity; and (E) for infrastructure investments made by State and local governments, the purpose, total cost, and rationale of the agency for funding the infrastructure investment with funds made available under the Recovery Act and name of the person to contact at the agency if there are concerns with the infrastructure investment. An update of the status of activities identified here must be reported quarterly in federalreporting.gov. In addition, not later than 30 calendar days after the end of each calendar quarter, each agency that made Recovery Act funds available to any recipient shall make the information in reports submitted publicly available by posting the information on a Web site. Grantees that have ongoing CDBG-R assisted activities are required to continue reporting quarterly on those activities until they are completed. Information must be submitted using HUD's IDIS system and in federalreporting.gov. Pursuant to Section 1512 of the Recovery Act, CDBG-R grantees must enter the data into IDIS on a quarterly basis for generation of reports by HUD or other entities. In addition, grantees are required to submit reports in federalreporting.gov on a quarterly basis. Grantees will report in IDIS and federalreporting.gov for CDBG-R assisted activities, recordkeeping requirements, and reporting requirements. The Recovery Act imposes additional reporting requirements including, but not limited to, information on the environmental review process, the expected completion of the activity, the type of activity, and the location of the activity.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB: Public Housing Reform; Change in Admission and Occupancy Requirements
Document Number: 2013-05082
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-05
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. The collection of information implements changes to the admission and occupancy requirements for the public housing and Section 8 assisted housing programs made by the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility (QHWRA) Act 1998 (Title V of the FY 1999 HUD appropriations Act, Pub. L. 105-276, 112 Stat. 2518, approved October 21, 1998), which amended the United States Housing Act of 1937. QHWRA made comprehensive changes to HUD's public housing, Section 8 programs. Some of the changes made by the 1998 Act (i.e., QHWRA) affect public housing only and others affect the Section 8 and public housing programs. These changes cover choice of rent, community service and self-sufficiency in public housing; and admission preferences and determination of income and rent in public housing and Section 8 housing assistance programs.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB: Survey and Collection of Information From HUD Healthy Housing Demonstration Grantees
Document Number: 2013-05080
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-05
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. The mission of HUD's Healthy Homes Program is ``To reduce health and safety hazards in housing in a comprehensive and cost effective manner, with a particular focus on protecting the health of children and other sensitive populations in low income households.'' (Leading Our Nation to Healthier Homes: The Healthy Homes Strategic Plan, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, 2010, p. 7.) An evaluation and summarization of grants awarded under the program was last completed in 2005 (``An Evaluation of HUD's Healthy Homes Initiative: Current Findings and Outcomes,'' Healthy Housing Solutions, March 5, 2007). The objectives of the Healthy Homes Demonstration (HHD) grants that will be evaluated through the effort described in this notice include: Carrying out direct remediation where housing-related hazards may contribute to injury or illness, with a focus on children's health; Delivering education and outreach activities to protect children from housing-related hazards; and Building capacity to increase the probability that aspects of grant-supported Healthy Homes programs are sustained.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB: Rent Schedule-Low Rent Housing
Document Number: 2013-05079
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-05
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. This information is necessary for HUD to ensure that tenant rents are approved in accordance with HUD administrative procedures, and that ownership remains as described in previous APPS or form HUD-2530 submissions.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB: FHA Insured Mortgage Loan Servicing Involving the Loss Mitigation Programs
Document Number: 2013-05075
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-05
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. FHA insurance is an important source of mortgage credit for low and moderate-income borrowers and neighborhoods. Providing assistance, as needed, to enable families to cure their delinquencies and retain their homes stabilizes neighborhoods that might otherwise suffer from deterioration and problems associated with vacant and abandoned properties. Avoidance of foreclosure and the resultant costs also serve to further stabilize the mortgage insurance premiums charged by FHA and the Federal budget receipts generated from those premiums. The information collection request for OMB review seeks to extend OMB 2502- 0589, a currently established OMB collection, for an additional three years. Agency form numbers, if applicable: HUD-1 Settlement Statement, HUD-27011 Single Family Application for Insurance Benefits, HUD-90035 Information/Disclosure, HUD-90041 Request for Variance, Pre-foreclosure sale procedure, HUD-90045 Approval to Participate, HUD-90051 Sale Contract Review, HUD-90052 Closing Worksheet, HUD-PA-426 How to Avoid Foreclosure.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB: Assisted Living Conversion Program (ALCP) and Emergency Capital Repair Program (ECRP)
Document Number: 2013-05074
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-05
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. The Assisted Living Conversion Program and the Emergency Capital Repair Program application submission requirements are necessary to assist HUD in determining an applicant's eligibility and the capacity to carry out a successful conversion of a project or make the necessary emergency repairs. A careful evaluation of the application is conducted to ensure that the Federal Government's interest is protected and to mitigate any possibilities of fraud, waste, or misuse of public funds. The purpose of collecting the application submission information is for the Department to assess the applicant's worthiness, whether the projects meet statutory and regulatory requirements, or make sound judgments regarding the potential risk to the Government.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB; Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 Reporting
Document Number: 2013-05072
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-05
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. This information describes the reporting and recordkeeping requirements of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2). The data required includes program level, project level and beneficiary level information collected and reported on by NSP2 grantees. The data identifies who benefits from the NSP2 program and how statutory requirement are satisfied. The respondents are State, local government, non-profit and consortium applicants.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request: Fair Housing Training Survey
Document Number: 2013-05069
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-05
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. In 2011, HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) began an outreach initiative to strengthen FHEO's ties with community- based organizations that work with the public. As part of that initiative, FHEO has held a series of training events around the country to bring together public and private fair housing professionals with community leaders and organizations that work directly with members of the public. By training advocates from organizations that work with underserved communities, FHEO hopes that organizations will be able to recognize and report discrimination in the communities they serve. FHEO would like to survey conference participants to see if they have used knowledge and/or distributed informational material they obtained at these events. This information will allow FHEO to access the success of the outreach and the worth of conducting this type of outreach in the future.