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Extension of Period of Submission for Notices of Intent and Fungibility Plans in Accordance With HUD's Implementation Guidance for Section 901 of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations To Address Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and Pandemic Influenza Act, 2006

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AGENCY:

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, HUD.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

On July 28, 2006, HUD published a notice entitled, “Implementation Guidance for Section 901 of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations to Address Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and Pandemic Influenza Act, 2006.” This notice extends the period for eligible public housing agencies (PHAs) located within the most heavily impacted areas of Louisiana and Mississippi that are subject to a declaration by the President of a major disaster under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act in connection with Hurricanes Katrina or Rita to submit Notices of Intent and Fungibility Plans in accordance with the July 28, 2006, notice. Section 901 of the supplemental appropriations act authorizes PHAs to combine assistance provided under sections 9(d) and (e) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (Act) and assistance provided under section 8(o) of the Act, for the purpose of facilitating the prompt, flexible, and efficient use of funds provided under these sections of the Act to assist families who were receiving housing assistance under the Act immediately prior to Hurricane Katrina or Rita and were displaced from their housing by the hurricanes. In addition to extending the PHA submission deadline, this notice removes the restriction that the combined funding may not be spent for uses under the housing choice voucher (HCV) program. If approved by HUD, the combined funding may now be used for eligible purposes under the HCV program. Any use of combined funds under the HCV program must also be in accordance with the requirement to assist those families who were receiving housing assistance under the public housing or HCV program immediately prior to Hurricane Katrina or Rita and were displaced from their housing by the hurricane. A PHA that already has an approved Fungibility Plan may request HUD approval to change the Plan in order to use the combined funds for HCV program eligible purposes. As provided in the July 28, 2006 Federal Register notice, PHAs must submit to HUD requests for approval of any substantial deviations from the approved Fungibility Plan, and HUD will respond to such requests within 10 calendar days.

DATES:

Eligible PHAs must submit their Notices of Intent and Fungibility Plans no later than November 21, 2006.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For technical assistance and other questions concerning the Notice of Intent and Section 901 Fungibility Plan, PHAs should contact their local HUD Public Housing Hub in New Orleans, Louisiana, or Jackson, Mississippi; or Bessy Kong, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Program, and Legislative Initiatives, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW., Room 4216, Washington, DC 20410-5000, telephone (202) 708-0614 or 708-0713, extension 2548 (this is not a toll-free number). Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

On July 28, 2006 (71 FR 42996), HUD published a notice entitled, “Implementation Guidance for Section 901 of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations to Address Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and Pandemic Influenza Act, 2006.” Section V.A. of the July 28, 2006, notice, entitled, “General Procedures for Combining Public Housing and Voucher Funds Under Section 901,” instructs that PHAs interested in implementing the flexibility authorized in Section 901 should submit, in writing for HUD review and approval, no later than 45 days from the date of the notice or September 11, 2006: (1) A Notice of Intent to invoke Section 901 flexibility and (2) a detailed Section 901 Fungibility Plan describing the total amount under Section 901, and the source of those funds by account (HCV, Operating Fund, Capital Fund).

Some eligible PHAs are facing circumstances that precluded submission of their Notices of Intent and Fungibility plans by September 11, 2006, and require additional time to determine whether program funds are available to combine for other program uses. Therefore, HUD has extended the period during which eligible PHAs may submit their Notices of Intent and Fungibility Plans to no later than November 21, 2006, in order to allow sufficient time for HUD to review and approve the plans. HUD strongly recommends earlier submission, if possible, in the event resubmission of plans is required because of HUD's review determinations. HUD must approve all plans, including those that must be resubmitted, no later than December 31, 2006.

In addition to extending the PHA submission deadline, this notice removes the restriction that the combined funding may not be spent for uses under the housing choice voucher (HCV) program. If approved by HUD, the combined funding may now be used Start Printed Page 63341for eligible purposes under the HCV program. Any use of combined funds under the HCV program must also be in accordance with the requirement to assist those families who were receiving housing assistance under the public housing or HCV program immediately prior to Hurricane Katrina or Rita and were displaced from their housing by the hurricane.

A PHA that already has an approved Fungibility Plan may request HUD approval to change the Plan in order to use the combined funds for HCV program eligible purposes. As provided in the July 28, 2006 Federal Register Notice, PHAs must submit to HUD requests for approval of any substantial deviations from the approved Fungibility Plan, and HUD will respond to such requests within 10 calendar days.

Notices and Plans should be submitted to the following addresses and contacts, as listed in the July 28, 2006, notice: PHAs should submit one copy to the Public Housing Director of the HUD office in New Orleans, Louisiana or Jackson, Mississippi, as applicable, and the original to HUD Headquarters, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Office of Policy, Program, and Legislative Initiatives, 451 Seventh Street, SW., Room 4116, Washington, DC 20410-5000, Attention: Bessy Kong/Sherry McCown.

II. List of Louisiana and Mississippi PHAs Heavily Impacted by Hurricane Katrina or Rita

The following list includes PHAs in counties eligible to receive individual and public assistance through FEMA as a result of damages sustained from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

No.HA codeHA nameCountyStateHurricane
1LA001New Orleans Housing Authority (HA)OrleansLAKatrina.
2LA003E. Baton Rouge HAEast Baton RougeLAKatrina.
3LA004Lake Charles HACalcasieuLAKatrina and Rita.
4LA005Lafayette (City) HALafayetteLAKatrina and Rita.
5LA011WestwegoJeffersonLAKatrina and Rita.
6LA012Kenner HAJeffersonLAKatrina and Rita.
7LA013Jefferson Parish HAJeffersonLAKatrina and Rita.
8LA024Bogalusa HAWashingtonLAKatrina.
9LA025Eunice HASt. LandryLARita.
10LA026Kaplan HAVermilionLAKatrina and Rita.
11LA027New Iberia HAIberiaLAKatrina and Rita.
12LA028Rayne HAAcadiaLAKatrina and Rita.
13LA029CrowleyAcadiaLAKatrina and Rita.
14LA030Ville Platte HAEvangelineLARita.
15LA031Mamou HAEvangelineLARita.
16LA032Church Point HAAcadiaLAKatrina and Rita.
17LA033Oakdale HAAllenLARita.
18LA034Abbeville HAVermilionLAKatrina and Rita.
19LA035Gueydan HAVermilionLAKatrina and Rita.
20LA036Morgan City HASt. MaryLAKatrina and Rita.
21LA039Welsh HAJefferson DavisLAKatrina and Rita.
22LA040St. Martinville HASt. MartinLAKatrina and Rita.
23LA041Lake Arthur HAJefferson DavisLAKatrina and Rita.
24LA043Donaldsonville HAAscensionLAKatrina and Rita.
25LA044Thibodaux HALafourcheLAKatrina and Rita.
26LA046Vinton HACalcasieuLAKatrina and Rita.
27LA047Erath HAVermilionLAKatrina and Rita.
28LA055Opelousas HASt. LandryLARita.
29LA056Berwick HASt. MaryLAKatrina and Rita.
30LA058Basile HAEvangelineLARita.
31LA059Breaux Bridge HASt. MartinLAKatrina and Rita.
32LA063Sulphur HACalcasieuLAKatrina and Rita.
33LA065Delcambre HAVermilionLAKatrina and Rita.
34LA066Elton HAJefferson DavisLAKatrina and Rita.
35LA067St. Landry Parish HASt. LandryLARita.
36LA068Oberlin HAAllenLARita.
37LA069Kinder HAAllenLARita.
38LA070Patterson HASt. MaryLAKatrina and Rita.
39LA073South Landry HASt. LandryLARita.
40LA074Sabine Parish HASabineLARita.
41LA075Ponchatoula HATangipahoaLAKatrina.
42LA080Lafourche Parish HALafourcheLAKatrina and Rita.
43LA082Merryville HABeauregardLARita.
44LA084Parks HASt. MartinLAKatrina and Rita.
45LA086Deridder HABeauregardLARita.
46LA090Houma—Terrebonne HATerrebonneLAKatrina and Rita.
47LA091Southwest Acadia HAAcadiaLAKatrina and Rita.
48LA092St. James Parish HASt. JamesLAKatrina.
49LA093White Castle HAIbervilleLAKatrina.
50LA094St. Charles Parish HASt. CharlesLAKatrina.
51LA095St. John the Baptist Parish HASt. John the BaptistLAKatrina.
52LA099Independence HATangipahoaLAKatrina.
53LA100Youngsville HALafayetteLAKatrina and Rita.
54LA101Denham Springs HALivingstonLAKatrina and Rita.
55LA103Slidell HASt. TammanyLAKatrina and Rita.
56LA106Dequincy HACalcasieuLAKatrina and Rita.
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57LA111Leesville HAVernonLARita.
58LA113New Roads HAPointe CoupeeLAKatrina.
59LA118Jennings HAJefferson DavisLAKatrina and Rita.
60LA128Vernon Parish HAVernonLARita.
61LA130Duson HALafayetteLAKatrina and Rita.
62LA231HA of IowaCalcasieuLAKatrina and Rita.
63LA238Covington HASt. TammanyLAKatrina and Rita.
64LA250Ascension ParishAscensionLAKatrina and Rita.
65LA261FentonJefferson DavisLAKatrina and Rita.
66LA266White Castle CityIbervilleLAKatrina.
67MS001Hattiesburg HAForrestMSKatrina.
68MS002Laurel HAJonesMSKatrina.
69MS003McComb HAPikeMSKatrina.
70MS004Meridian HALauderdaleMSKatrina.
71MS005Biloxi HAHarrisonMSKatrina.
72MS019Mississippi Regional HA No. IVLowndesMSKatrina.
73MS030Mississippi Regional HA No. VNewtonMSKatrina.
74MS040Mississippi Regional HA No. VIIIHarrisonMSKatrina.
75MS047Starkville HAOktibbehaMSKatrina.
76MS057Mississippi Regional HA No. VIIPikeMSKatrina.
77MS058Mississippi Regional HA No. VIHindsMSKatrina.
78MS060Brookhaven HALincolnMSKatrina.
79MS061Canton HAMadisonMSKatrina.
80MS063Yazoo City HAYazooMSKatrina.
81MS064Bay St. Louis HAHancockMSKatrina.
82MS066Picayune HAPearl RiverMSKatrina.
83MS067Richton HAPerryMSKatrina.
84MS068Waynesboro HAWayneMSKatrina.
85MS076Columbus HALowndesMSKatrina.
86MS079Louisville HAWinstonMSKatrina.
87MS084Summit HAPikeMSKatrina.
88MS086Vicksburg HAWarrenMSKatrina.
89MS094Hazlehurst HACopiahMSKatrina.
90MS099Lumberton HALamarMSKatrina.
91MS101Waveland HAHancockMSKatrina.
92MS103Jackson HAHindsMSKatrina.
93MS105Natchez HAAdamsMSKatrina.
94MS109Long Beach HAHarrisonMSKatrina.
95MS111Forest HAScottMSKatrina.
96MS117Attala County HAAttalaMSKatrina.
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Dated: October 24, 2006.

Paula O. Blunt,

General Deputy Assistant, Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

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[FR Doc. 06-8979 Filed 10-26-06; 1:56 pm]

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