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Notice of Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Economic Opportunities for Low- and Very Low-Income Persons

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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD.




The proposed information collection requirement concerning the Section 3 program 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.


Comments Due Date: June 11, 2004.


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: Surrell Silverman, Reports Liaison Officer, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 5124, Washington, DC 20410. Telephone number (202) 708-4150.

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Linda Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Economic Opportunity, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 708-3633. (This is not a toll-free number.) Hearing or speech-impaired individuals may access this number TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8399.

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The Department is submitting the proposed information collection to OMB for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 34, as amended).

This Notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affecting agencies concerning the proposed collection of information to: (1) Enhance the Section 3 Program, (2) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (3) 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.

Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB

Title of Proposal: Economic Opportunity for Low- and Very Low-Income Persons.

Office: Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

OMB Control Number: 2529-0043.

Description of the need for the information and proposed use: A. The Section 3 Summary Report (Revised HUD form 60002). The information will be used by the Department to monitor program recipients' compliance with Section 3. HUD Headquarters will use the information to assess the results of the Department's efforts to meet the statutory objectives of Section 3. The data collected will be used by recipients as a self-monitoring tool. If the information is used, it will be used to prepare the mandatory reports to Congress assessing the effectiveness of Section 3.

B. Updated Section 3 Brochure (HUD-1476-FHEO, Revised). The Section 3 Brochure will be used to disseminate information about the Section 3 program. It provides information regarding the program and provides instructions on filing a complaint.

C. Monitoring Review Feedback Form (New) (HUD form 60003). The information on this form will be used to improve and enhance Section 3 outreach and education efforts.

D. Complaint register HUD form 958. The information will be used in order to respond to and investigate complaints (allegations of non-compliance with Section 3).

Agency form numbers, if applicable: Form HUD 60002 Revised, HUD 958, HUD 1476-FHEO Revised, and HUD form 60003.

Members of affected public: State and local governments or their agencies, public and private non-profit organizations, low and very low income residents, Public Housing authorities or other public entities.

Estimation of the total numbers of hours needed to prepare the information collection including number of respondents, frequency of response, and hours of response: On an annual basis approximately 58,593 respondents (HUD recipients) will submit one report to HUD. It is estimated that two hours per annual reporting period will be required of the recipients to prepare the Section 3 report for a total of 117,186 hours.

Status of the proposed information collection: Reinstatement of a currently approved collection of information from HUD recipients.

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Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended.

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Dated: March 31, 2004.

Paul T. Christian,

Director, Office of Management and Planning.

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[FR Doc. 04-8140 Filed 4-9-04; 8:45 am]