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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-5657-N-01]

Notice of Availability: Funding for Tenant-Protection Vouchers for Certain At-Risk Households in Low-Vacancy Areas: Request for Comments

AGENCY: Office of General Counsel, HUD.
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: HUD announces the availability, on its Web site, of instructions, eligibility, and selection criteria on the funding process for tenant protection vouchers for certain at-risk households in low-vacancy areas, as provided for in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 (2012 Appropriations Act), and seeks public comment on these instructions and criteria. The instruction, eligibility and selection criteria for this funding process are set forth in a notice posted on HUD's Web site at the addresses provided in theSupplementary Informationsection of this notice.
DATES: Comment Due Date:October 10, 2012.
ADDRESSES: 1.Submission of Comments by Mail.Comments may be submitted by mail to the Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 10276, Washington, DC 20410-0500.

2.Electronic Submission of Comments.Interested persons may submit comments electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal atwww.regulations.gov.HUD strongly encourages commenters to submit comments electronically. Electronic submission of comments allows the commenter maximum time to prepare and submit a comment, ensures timely receipt by HUD, and enables HUD to make them immediately available to the public. Comments submitted electronically through thewww.regulations.govWeb site can be viewed by other commenters and interested members of the public. Commenters should follow the instructions provided on that site to submit comments electronically.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any questions regarding this notice should be directed to the Housing Voucher and Management Operations Division, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 4216, Washington, DC 20410-8000, telephone number 202-708-0477 (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 800-877-8339.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The 2012 Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 112-55, approved November 18, 2011) provides that up to $10,000,000 of the $75,000,000 appropriated for tenant protection actions may be made available to provide housing choice voucher rental assistance to residents residing in low-vacancy areas and who may have to pay rents greater than 30 percent of household income, as the result of certain specified conditions. The 2012 Appropriations Act provides that the tenant protection assistance may be provided as either enhanced vouchers or project-based voucher assistance.

HUD's notice that provides the instructions, eligibility, and selection criteria on the funding process for tenant protection vouchers for certain at-risk households in low-vacancy areas can be found on HUD's Web site at the following addresses:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/administration/hudclips/notices/pihand athttp://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/administration/hudclips/notices/hsg.

HUD is seeking public comment on this notice. Following receipt and consideration of public comment, a final notice will be issued with final instructions, eligibility, and selection criteria, which may include revisions to the instructions and criteria contained in the notice that has been posted on HUD's Web site, at the Web site addresses listed above.

Dated: August 30, 2012. Camille E. Acevedo, Associate General Counsel for Legislation and Regulations.