June 5, 1998 the "Certification of Consistency with the Consolidated Plan" found in the Application Kit for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP). You expressed concern that private groups may have difficulty securing such certification from governments because of the nature of fair housing enforcement activities. Specifically, you asked if an inability to secure this certification would prevent an applicant from receiving an award.
The Notice of Extension and Correction, which was published in the Federal Register on May 29, 1998, states: "Whenever a provision of an application kit for one of the programs included in this Super Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is inconsistent with a provision of this SuperNOFA, the provision of the SuperNOFA will prevail."
The FHIP NOFA does not require submission of this certification; therefore, it should not have been listed as a requirement for FHIP in the application kit. You may disregard the form. Please be assured that any applications submitted containing the Certification will not be treated differently from those that do not.
I am happy to clarify this for you, and I apologize for any confusion this may have caused. The fight for fair housing is a top priority of this Adminstration, and I appreciate your interest in joining with us as we face the challenges ahead. I wish you all the best in the application process.
Kenneth F. Zimmerman
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Programs