Regulation on Self-testing, Residential Real Estate Lending, FHA Compliance

DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
[Docket No. FR-3776-N-04]
Notice of Public Meeting and Request for Comments on
Fair Housing Initiatives Program

AGENCY:    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Meeting and Request for Comments on Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP).

SUMMARY:    This Notice invites interested parties to attend a public meeting and/or to submit written comments on the Department's administration of FHIP funding, including criteria and/or incentives to be included in the FY 1998 FHIP Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for activities that assist the Department in its efforts to double enforcement actions under the Fair Housing Act.
DATES:    The public meeting will be held on December 15, 1997 at 2:00 p.m.  The written comment Due Date is December 19, 1997.
ADDRESSES:    Persons interested in attending the public meeting are invited to attend in Room 10233, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, D.C.  20410.  Persons interested in submitting written comments are invited to submit comments regarding this Notice to the Rules Docket Clerk, Office of General Counsel, Room 10278, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20410.  Communications should refer to the above docket number and title.  A copy of each communication submitted will be available for public inspection and copying between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays at the above address.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:    Maxine B. Cunningham, Director, Office of Fair Housing Initiatives and Voluntary Programs, Room 5234, 451 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20410-2000;  telephone number (202) 708-0800 (this is not a toll free number).  Persons who use a text telephone (TTY) may call 1-800-290-1617.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    The Fair Housing Initiatives Program is an essential component in the enforcement of the Fair Housing Act and in the Department's commitment to doubling its enforcement actions.  In anticipation of the next round of funding under the FHIP, the Department desires to provide an opportunity for comment from prior grantees and applicants, potential applicants and any other interested parties, on the administration of FHIP funding, application procedures for funding in general, and on the content of FHIP NOFAs in particular.  The Department is also interested in suggestions regarding criteria and/or incentives to include in the FY 1998 FHIP Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to assist the Department in its efforts to double enforcement actions under the Fair Housing Act.  In addition to suggestions, the Department welcomes comments on the merits of: bonus points for activities that result in enforcement actions by HUD; requirements that specific types of cases be filed with HUD; and incentives for other cooperative activities that further the Department's enforcement program.  Enforcement actions are defined as issuance of a charge by HUD or referral by HUD to the Department of Justice for enforcement.   The Department will consider the comments received in response to this Notice when formulating plans for the disposition of funds appropriated for Fiscal Year 1998.
 
DATE:    December 3, 1997.
 
                                                                                                                           
                                                                Eva M. Plaza, Assistant Secretary
                                                                for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity