Legislative Updates

Announcement of Renewal of Approval of the Assessment Tool for Local Governments

This notice announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved HUD’s request to renew for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), the Assessment Tool developed by HUD for use by local governments that receive Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), or Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) formula funding from HUD when conducting and submitting their own Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH). This Assessment Tool, referred to as the Local Government Assessment Tool, is used for AFHs conducted by joint and regional collaborations between:
(1) Such local governments;
(2) one or more such local governments with one or more public housing agency (PHA) partners, including qualified PHAs (QPHAs); and
(3) other collaborations in which such a local government is designated as the lead for the collaboration.

Through the notice and comment process required by the PRA, HUD did make changes to the Local Government Assessment Tool approved by OMB in 2015. HUD’s Web page at https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/affh/ highlights the differences between the 2015 Local Government Assessment Tool and this 2016 Local Government Assessment Tool. This notice also highlights significant issues raised by commenters on the 30-day notice published in the Federal Register on August 23, 2016.

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