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Planning Phase Evaluation of the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative

AGENCY:

Office of Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, HUD.

ACTION:

Notice of proposed information collection.

SUMMARY:

HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described here. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.

DATES:

Comments Due Date: September 23, 2014.

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: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410-5000; telephone 202-402-3400 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at Colette.Pollard@hud.gov for a copy of the proposed forms or other available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Matthew Aronson, Program Specialist, SNAPS/CPD, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410; email Matthew Aronson at Matthew.K.Aronson @hud.gov or telephone 202-402-3554. This is not a toll-free number. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Mr. Aronson.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A.

A. Overview of Information Collection

Title of Information Collection: Planning Phase Evaluation of the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative.

OMB Approval Number: N/A.

Type of Request: New.

Form Number: N/A.

Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative began in the summer of 2013 as part of a federal interagency initiative. The initiative's goal is to prevent homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and to intervene early when homelessness occurs for these youth. Federal partners from the U.S. Departments of Education, Health, and Juvenile Justice, as well as the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, support this HUD initiative. The initiative supports the federal goal to end youth homelessness by 2020 and contributes to the development of a model for preventing LGBT youth homelessness that other communities can replicate. There are two communities participating in this initiative and both receive technical assistance (TA) to support their initiative planning (and later in the process, their initiative implementation).

At this time, both communities are in the midst of their strategic planning and we do not currently have information on the strategies they plan to implement starting in fall 2014. Hence, this request for OMB clearance only covers the first evaluation phase. This planning phase evaluation will document how the two participating communities have approached their local plan development. Furthermore, it will examine the resources required to carry out the planning process, what worked well, what challenges emerged and how they were addressed, and lessons learned. To produce this information, HUD will collect quantitative and qualitative data from primary sources using four methods: Interviews, surveys, focus groups, and document review. Participants will consist of the local initiative leads as well as individuals involved in local initiative steering committees and subcommittees. Documents to be reviewed will not require new data collection—they are Start Printed Page 43501available through the ongoing TA to the two communities.

This first evaluation phase will focus on nine aspects of the planning process: (1) Role of local leads, (2) timeline; (3) needs assessment, (4) logic model; (5) local plan development; (6) role of steering committee; (7) role of subcommittees; (8) community involvement; and (9) technical assistance supports. These areas were chosen to better understand development of the local plans, including learned lessons, overall strengths/assets, and weaknesses/challenges of the planning phase. A separate OMB clearance request will be submitted as part of the second evaluation phase, which will examine each community's implementation of their local plans.

Respondents (i.e. affected public): Organizations participating in the two local initiatives, including local lead organizations and participants on the local steering committees and subcommittees.

Information collectionNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseResponses per annumBurden hour per responseAnnual burden hoursHourly cost per responseAnnual cost
Planning Phase Interview: Local leads, steering committee members, and subcommittee members (n = 96)1311113$25.46$331
Planning Phase Focus Group: Local leads, steering committee members, and subcommittee members (n = 96)241112425.46611
Planning Phase Survey: Local leads, steering committee members, and subcommittee members (n = 96)11011.2527.525.46700
Total11011.25—164.525.461,642
* $25.46 is a GS-11 equivalent hourly cost. Hourly cost per response will vary at participating nonprofit and local government offices.

B. Solicitation of Public Comment

This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following:

(1) 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) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information;

(3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(4) Ways to 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.

HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions.

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Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35.

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Dated: July 17, 2014.

Clifford Taffet,

Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, (Acting).

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[FR Doc. 2014-17561 Filed 7-24-14; 8:45 am]

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