Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment for Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Family Unification Program (FUP)

Summary:

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.

Dates:

Comments Due Date: November 24, 2008.

Addresses:

Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and or OMB Control number and should be sent to: Lillian L. Deitzer, Departmental Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 4178, Washington, DC 20410-5000; telephone 202-402-8048 (this is not a toll free number) or e-mail Ms. Deitzer at Lillian.L.Deitzer@hud.gov for a information on the data collected.

For further information contact:

Mary Schulhof, Office of Policy, Programs and Legislative Initiatives, PIH, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 4116, Washington, DC 20410, telephone 202-708-0713 (this is not a toll-free number).

Supplementary information:

The Department will submit the proposed information collection to OMB for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended).

This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected 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 submissions of responses.

This Notice also lists the following information:

Title of Proposal: Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Family Unification Program (FUP).

OMB Control Number:2577-pending.

Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use: The Family Unification Program (FUP) is a program which was established by section 8(x) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437(X)) provides housing choice vouchers to PHAs to assist families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in the imminent placement of the family's child, or children, in out-of-home care; or the delay in the discharge of the child, or children, to the family from out-of-home care. Youths at least 18 years old and not more than 21 years old (have not reached 22nd birthday) who left foster care at age 16 or older and who do not have adequate housing are also eligible to receive housing assistance under the FUP. A FUP voucher issued to such a youth may only be used to provide housing assistance for the youth for a maximum of 18 months.

Vouchers awarded under the FUP are administered by PHAs under HUD's regulations for the HCV program (24 CFR part 982).

Agency form numbers: HUD-52515 (OMB Approval # 2577-0169), HUD 50058 (OMB Approval # 2577-0083), HUD 2998, HUD 2993 and HUD 96011 (OMB Approval # 2535-0118), SF-424 (OMB Approval # 0348-0043), SF LLL (OMB Approval # 0348-0043).

Members of the Affected Public: Public Housing Agencies.

Estimation of the total number of hours needed to prepare the information collection including number of respondents: The total burden for data collection is estimated at 5,357.2 hours. It is anticipated that approximately 200 PHAs will apply for FUP vouchers each year the program is funded.

The estimate of the total annual cost burden to respondents/recordkeepers resulting from the collection of this information is: 5,357.2 burden hours × $18/hour = $96,069.60.

* Burden hours for forms showing zero burden hours in this collection are reflected in the OMB approval number cited or do not have a reportable burden. The burden hours for this collection is 5,357.20.

Status of the Proposed Information Collection: New collection.

Authority:

Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended.

Dated: September 17, 2008. Bessy Kong,

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Program and Legislative Initiatives.

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