1 Vol. 77 Tuesday, No. 147 July 31, 2012. part II. Department of Housing and Urban Development 24 CFR part 578. Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing : Continuum of Care Program; Interim Final Rule emcdonald on DSK67 QTVN1 PROD with RULES2. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:25 Jul 30, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4717 Sfmt 4717 E:\FR\FM\ 31 JYR2. 45422 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 147 / Tuesday, July 31, 2012 / Rules and Regulations Department OF Housing AND docket number and title. There are two Federal Relay Service at 800 877 8339. Urban Development methods for submitting public (this is a toll-free number). comments. All submissions must refer SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 24 CFR part 578 to the above docket number and title. 1. Submission of Comments by Mail. Executive Summary [Docket No. FR 5476 I 01].
2 Comments may be submitted by mail to Purpose of and Legal Authority for This RIN 2506 AC29 the Regulations Division, Office of Interim Rule General Counsel, Department of Homeless Emergency Assistance and Housing and Urban Development , 451 This interim rule implements the Rapid Transition to Housing : 7th Street SW., Room 10276, Continuum of Care program authorized Continuum of Care Program Washington, DC 20410 0500. by the Homeless Emergency Assistance 2. Electronic Submission of and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of AGENCY: Office of the Assistant 2009 (HEARTH Act). Section 1504 of Secretary for Community Planning and Comments. Interested persons may submit comments electronically through the HEARTH Act directs HUD to Development , HUD. establish regulations for this program. ACTION: Interim rule. the Federal eRulemaking Portal at HUD strongly (See 42 11301.)
3 The purpose of encourages commenters to submit the Continuum of Care program is to SUMMARY: The Homeless Emergency comments electronically. Electronic promote communitywide commitment Assistance and Rapid Transition to submission of comments allows the to the goal of ending homelessness;. Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act), commenter maximum time to prepare provide funding for efforts by nonprofit enacted into law on May 20, 2009, and submit a comment, ensures timely providers, and State and local consolidates three of the separate receipt by HUD, and enables HUD to governments to quickly rehouse homeless assistance programs make them immediately available to the homeless individuals and families while administered by HUD under the public. Comments submitted minimizing the trauma and dislocation McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance electronically through the caused to homeless individuals, Act into a single grant program, and Web site can be families, and communities by revises the Emergency Shelter Grants viewed by other commenters and homelessness; promote access to and program and renames it the Emergency interested members of the public.
4 Effective utilization of mainstream Solutions Grants program. The HEARTH. Commenters should follow the programs by homeless individuals and Act also codifies in law the Continuum instructions provided on that site to families; and optimize self-sufficiency of Care planning process, a longstanding submit comments electronically. among individuals and families part of HUD's application process to experiencing homelessness. assist homeless persons by providing Note: To receive consideration as public The HEARTH Act streamlines HUD's greater coordination in responding to comments, comments must be submitted homeless grant programs by their needs. The HEARTH Act also through one of the two methods specified above. Again, all submissions must refer to consolidating the Supportive Housing , directs HUD to promulgate regulations the docket number and title of the rule.
5 Shelter Plus Care, and Single Room for these new programs and processes. Occupancy grant programs into one This interim rule focuses on No Facsimile Comments. Facsimile grant program: The Continuum of Care regulatory implementation of the (FAX) comments are not acceptable. program. Local continuums of care, Continuum of Care program, including Public Inspection of Public which are community-based homeless the Continuum of Care planning Comments. All properly submitted assistance program planning networks, process. The existing homeless comments and communications will apply for Continuum of Care grants. assistance programs that comprise the submitted to HUD will be available for By consolidating homeless assistance Continuum of Care program are the public inspection and copying between grant programs and creating the following: the Supportive Housing 8 and 5 weekdays at the above Continuum of Care planning process, program, the Shelter Plus Care program, address.
6 Due to security measures at the the HEARTH Act intended to increase and the Moderate Rehabilitation/Single HUD Headquarters building, an advance the efficiency and effectiveness of Room Occupancy (SRO) program. This appointment to review the public coordinated, community-based systems rule establishes the regulations for the comments must be scheduled by calling that provide Housing and services to the Continuum of Care program, and, the Regulations Division at 202 708 . homeless. Through this interim final through the establishment of such 3055 (this is not a toll-free number). rule, HUD will implement the regulations, the funding made available Individuals with speech or hearing Continuum of Care program by for the Continuum of Care program in impairments may access this number establishing the framework for the statute appropriating Fiscal Year through TTY by calling the Federal establishing a local continuum of care (FY) 2012 funding for HUD can more Relay Service at 800 877 8339.
7 Copies and the process for applying for quickly be disbursed, consistent with of all comments submitted are available Continuum of Care grants. the HEARTH Act requirements, and for inspection and downloading at avoid any disruption in current Summary of Major Provisions Continuum of Care activities. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ann The major provisions of this DATES: Effective Date: August 30, 2012. Marie Oliva, Director, Office of Special rulemaking relate to how to establish Comment Due Date. October 1, 2012. Needs Assistance Programs, Office of and operate a Continuum of Care, how ADDRESSES: Interested persons are Community Planning and Development , to apply for funds under the program, emcdonald on DSK67 QTVN1 PROD with RULES2. invited to submit comments regarding Department of Housing and Urban and how to use the funds for projects this rule to the Regulations Division, Development , 451 7th Street SW.
8 , approved by HUD. These provisions are Office of General Counsel, 451 7th Washington, DC 20410 7000; telephone summarized below. Street SW., Room 10276, Department of number 202 708 4300 (this is not a toll- 1. General Provisions (Subpart A): Housing and Urban Development , free number). Hearing- and speech- The Continuum of Care program Washington, DC 20410 0500. impaired persons may access this includes transitional Housing , Communications must refer to the above number through TTY by calling the permanent supportive Housing for VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:25 Jul 30, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\ 31 JYR2. Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 147 / Tuesday, July 31, 2012 / Rules and Regulations 45423. disabled persons, permanent Housing , by statute, HUD has developed a and suitable dwelling size, assessing supportive services, and Homeless formula for determining award amounts supportive services on an ongoing basis, Management Information Systems that includes the following factors: A initiating and completing approved (HMIS).
9 To implement the program, Continuum's Preliminary Pro Rata Need activities and projects within certain HUD had to define several key terms. In (PPRN) amount; renewal demand; any timelines, and providing a formal particular, HUD distinguishes between additional increases in amounts for process for termination of assistance to Continuum of Care,'' applicant,'' and leasing, rental assistance, and operating participants who violate program collaborative applicant.'' A costs based on Fair Market Rents, requirements or conditions of Continuum of Care'' is a geographically planning and Unified Funding Agency occupancy. based group of representatives that cost funds, and amounts available for 7. Grant Administration (Subpart G): carries out the planning responsibilities bonus dollars. HUD has established To effectively administer the grants, of the Continuum of Care program, as selection criteria for determining which HUD will provide technical assistance set out in this regulation.
10 These applications will receive funding under to those who apply for Continuum of representatives come from organizations the Continuum of Care program. Care funds, as well as those who are that provide services to the homeless, or Recipients awarded Continuum of Care selected for Continuum of Care funds. represent the interests of the homeless funds must satisfy several conditions After having been selected for funding, or formerly homeless. A Continuum of prior to executing their grant grant recipients must satisfy certain Care then designates certain agreements. All grants submitted for recordkeeping requirements so that applicants'' as the entities responsible renewal must also submit an annual HUD can assess compliance with the for carrying out the projects that the performance report. For those program requirements.