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HUD Publishes Proposed Document on Serving Persons with Limited English Proficency

Friday, January 23, 2004 - 1:45AM

On December 19, 2003, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a proposed document that addresses efforts recipients of federal financial assistance must make to serve persons with limited English proficiency (LEP). Comments on the proposed guidance were due by January 20, 2004, but because of the significant public interest the notice has generated, HUD has extended the public comment period by an additional 14 days. A group of national housing provider trade associations - the National Apartment Association, National Affordable Housing Management Association, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, National Leased Housing Association, Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, National Multi Housing Council, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Council of Affordable and Rural Housing and Institute of Real Estate Management – this week submitted joint commentary of unified concerns suggesting the notice be overhauled to provide a more realistic and less burdensome division of LEP responsibilities between HUD and its private sector partners. HUD will accept additional comments on or before February 5, 2004. Click here for a copy of the proposed guidance. Click here for a copy of the housing providers' joint commentary.

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