Housing Counseling Program – Proposed Rule Published
Department of Housing and Urban Development
24 CFR Part 214 [Docket No. FR-5339-P-01] RIN 2502-AI94
TITLE: Housing Counseling Program: New Certification Requirements
AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing — Federal Housing Commissioner, HUD.
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: HUD’s housing counseling program provides, through HUD-approved counseling agencies and state housing finance agencies, including their affiliates and branches, counseling to individuals seeking information about financing, maintaining, renting, or owning a home. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act amended the Housing Counseling statute to improve the effectiveness of the program by, among other things, requiring that the entities and individual counselors be certified by HUD as competent to provide such services, and prohibiting distribution of grant funds to agencies found in violation of federal election laws or who have employees found in violation of federal election laws, and requiring the reimbursement of grant funds for misuse of funds. This proposed rule would revise HUD’s housing counseling program regulations to adopt the new requirements applicable to counseling agencies and individual counselors, and the use of grant funds.
Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposed rule to the Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 10276, Washington, DC 20410-0500. Communications must refer to the above docket number and title. There are two methods for submitting public comments. All submissions must refer to the above docket number and title.
1. Submission of Comments by Mail. Comments may be submitted by mail to the Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 10276, Washington, DC 20410-0500.
2. Electronic Submission of Comments. Interested persons may submit comments electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. HUD strongly encourages commenters to submit comments electronically. Electronic submission of comments allows the commenter maximum time to prepare and submit a comment, ensures timely receipt by HUD, and enables HUD to make them immediately available to the public. Comments submitted electronically through the www.regulations.gov Web site can be viewed by other commenters and interested members of the public. Commenters should follow the instructions provided on that site to submit comments electronically.
Comments are due by November 12, 2013.
To read this proposed rule in its entirety, please visit: https://www.federalregister.