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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-5603-C-64]

Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMBHousing Counseling Program

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing, HUD.
ACTION: Correction.
SUMMARY: On September 17, 2012, at 77 FR 57103, HUD publishedHousing Counseling Program and reference to the NOFA charts were excluded.Nonprofit Housing Counseling organizationssubmit information to HUD through Grants.gov when applying for grant funds to provide housing counseling assistance to eligiblehomebuyers to find and purchase affordable housing; Housing Counseling organizations alsoassist eligible homeowners to avoid foreclosures; The Housing Counseling organizations alsouse grant funds to assist renters to avoid evictions; help the homeless find temporary orpermanent shelter; report fair housing and discrimination. HUD uses the information collectedto evaluate applicants competitively and then select qualified organizations to receive fundingthat supplement their housing counseling program. Post-award collection, such as quarterlyreports, will allow HUD to evaluate grantees' performance. This collection of informationincludes renewal of various HUD forms, including the HUD-9900 which is the HousingCounseling Approval Application, and form HUD-9902, Housing Counseling AgencyActivity Report. Additionally, it covers the collection of client level activities, client financialleverage data, and agency profile information.
DATES: Comments Due Date:November 13, 2012.
ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB approval Number (2502-0261) and should be sent to: HUD Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; fax: 202-395-5806. Email:OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.govfax: 202-395-5806.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colette Pollard., Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20410; email Colette Pollard atColette.Pollard@hud.govor telephone (202) 402-3400. This is not a toll-free number. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Pollard.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This notice informs the public that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has submitted to OMB a request for approval of the Information collection described below. This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affecting agencies concerning the proposed collection of information to: (1) Evaluate 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) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) 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.

This notice also lists the following information:

Title of Proposed:Housing Counseling Program.

OMB Approved Number:2502-0261.

Form Numbers:SF-424, SF-424Supp, SF-424CB, SF-LLL, HUD-27300, HUD-2880,HUD-2990, HUD-2991, HUD-2994, HUD-96010, HUD-9902 and NOFA charts.

Description of the need for the information and its proposed use:Nonprofit Housing Counseling organizations submit information to HUD through Grants.gov when applying for grant funds to provide housing counseling assistance to eligiblehomebuyers to find and purchase affordable housing; Housing Counseling organizations alsoassist eligible homeowners to avoid foreclosures; The Housing Counseling organizations alsouse grant funds to assist renters to avoid evictions; help the homeless find temporary orpermanent shelter; report fair housing and discrimination. Through the NOFA charts, HUDuses the information collected to evaluate applicants competitively and then select qualifiedorganizations to receive funding that supports their housing counseling program. The NOFAcharts include data fields covering agency knowledge and capacity, need for the service (targetpopulation), historical performance and projections, leveraging and program outcomes. Post-award collection, such as quarterly reports, will allow HUD to evaluate grantees' performance.This collection of information includes renewal of various HUD forms, including the HUD-9900which is the Housing Counseling Approval Application, and form HUD-9902, HousingCounseling Agency Activity Report. Additionally, it covers the collection of client levelactivities, client financial leverage data, and agency profile information.

Number of
  • respondents
  • Annual
  • responses
  • × Hours per
  • response
  • Burden hours
    Reporting Burden 12,402 3.305 0.907 37,213

    Total estimated burden hours:37,213.

    Status:Extension without change of currently approved collection.

    Authority:

    Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 35, as amended.

    Dated: October 3, 2012. Colette Pollard, Department Reports Management Officer,Office of the Chief Information Officer.