Amendment to 1996 NOFA

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[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

NOFA for Fair Housing Initiatives Program; FY 1996 Competitive
Solicitation; Notice of Amendment and Clarification

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

ACTION: Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA); Notice of Amendment.

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SUMMARY: On May 24, 1996 (61 FR 26362), HUD published a NOFA announcing
the availability of up to $12,106,000 in Fiscal Year 1996 funding for
the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP). This document amends the
May 24, 1996 NOFA by expanding the pool of organizations eligible for
bonus points.

ADDRESSES: To obtain a copy of the application kit, please write the
Fair Housing Information Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 9146, McLean VA 22102
or call the toll-free number 1-800-343-3442 (voice) or 1-800-290-1617
(TDD). Please also contact this number if information concerning this
NOFA is needed in an accessible format.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sharon Bower, Special Assistant,
Office of Fair Housing Initiatives and Voluntary Programs, Room 5234,
451 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20410-2000. Telephone number
(202) 708-0800. A telecommunications device (TDD) for hearing and
speech impaired persons is available at (202) 708-0800. (These are not
toll-free numbers.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. NOFA Amendments

    A Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) announcing the Fiscal Year
(FY) 96 availability of $12,106,000 under the Fair Housing Initiatives
Program (FHIP) was published by HUD on May 24, 1996 (61 FR 26362). FHIP
assists projects and activities designed to enforce and enhance
compliance with the Fair Housing Act and substantially equivalent State
and local fair housing laws. The body of the May 24, 1996 NOFA contains
information concerning the purpose of the NOFA, eligibility, available
amounts, how to apply for funding, and how selections will be made.
    The May 24, 1996 NOFA establishes the eligibility standards for
bonus points under the Private Enforcement Initiative. Paragraph
I.(c)(2)(ii)(A) of the May 24, 1996 limits the receipt of 10 bonus
points to PEI applications from FHIP grant recipients whose period of
performance for all FHIP grants expired/will expire between September
30, 1995 and December 31, 1996.
    The Department had intended to allow FHIP grant recipients to
receive bonus points where all grants will expire between September 30,
1995 and December 31, 1996 except for their PEI-Special Project grants.
For this reason, the Department has determined to amend the FY 1996
NOFA to permit these grantees to be eligible for the 10 bonus points
under the PEI competition. The PEI-Special Project grant recipients
applied in September 1994 under a FHIP competition which targeted
mortgage-lending and insurance enforcement projects and were notified
of their award in January 1995. This amendment is intended to increase
the number of organizations that are eligible to receive the bonus
points under the PEI competition. Because this notice is published 30
days prior to the application deadline of July 23, 1996, which was set
in the prior NOFA, all applicants, including newly eligible applicants,
will have 30 days notice of this amendment. Therefore, the Department
is not extending the application deadline beyond July 23, 1996.

II. Technical Corrections

    On page 26362, in column 3, the third sentence of paragraph one,
under section I.(a) of the May 24, 1996 NOFA, reads: ``Instead, it
prompts the Department to promote supporting these new fair housing
enforcement organizations created under previous FHIP competitions and
giving preference to those FHIP recipients whose grants expire between
September 30, 1995 and December 31, 1996.'' The sentence is now
continued by adding, ``including those FHIP grant recipients with a
PEI-Special Project grant that does not expire until after December 31,
1996, but whose period of performance for all other FHIP grants
expired/will expire between September 30, 1995 and December 31, 1996.''
This notice adds this additional language.
    On page 26364, in column 2, paragraph I.(c)(2)(ii)(A), Bonus
Points, reads, ``PEI applications from FHIP grant recipients whose
period of performance for all FHIP grants expired/will expire between
September 30, 1995 and December 31, 1996 will receive a bonus of ten
additional points.'' An additional sentence is added immediately
following this which reads, ``Furthermore, applicants with a PEI-
Special Project grant that does not expire until after December 31,
1996, but whose period of performance for all other FHIP grants
expired/will expire between September 30, 1995 and December 31, 1996,
will also receive a bonus of ten additional points.'' This notice makes
the necessary correction.
    Accordingly, FR Doc. 96-4047, the FY 96 NOFA for the Fair Housing
Initiatives Program (FHIP), published in the Federal Register on May
24, 1996 (61 FR 26362) is corrected and amended as follows:
    1. In section I.(a), on page 26362, in column 3, the first
paragraph, third sentence is revised to read as follows:
    Instead, it prompts the Department to promote supporting these new
fair housing enforcement organizations created under previous FHIP
competitions and giving preference to those FHIP recipients whose
grants expire between September 30, 1995 and December 31, 1996,
including those FHIP grant recipients with a PEI-Special Project grant
that does not expire until after December 31, 1996, but whose period of
performance for all other FHIP grants expired/will expire between
September 30, 1995 and December 31, 1996.

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    2. Paragraph I.(c)(2)(ii)(A), on page 26364, in column 2, is
revised to read as follows:
    (A) Bonus Points. PEI applications from FHIP grant recipients whose
period of performance for all FHIP grants expired/will expire between
September 30, 1995 and December 31, 1996 will receive a bonus of ten
additional points. Furthermore, applicants with a PEI-Special Project
grant that does not expire until after December 31, 1996, but whose
period of performance for all other FHIP grants expired/will expire
between September 30, 1995 and December 31, 1996, will also receive a
bonus of ten additional points.

    Dated: June 20, 1996.
Elizabeth K. Julian,
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
[FR Doc. 96-16211 Filed 6-20-96; 3:53 pm]
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