What certifications must governments make?
Certifications must be submitted by the State(s) and local government(s) requesting designation stating that:
The nominated urban area satisfies the boundary tests of § 598.100(d) ;
The nominated urban area is one of pervasive poverty, unemployment and general distress, as prescribed by § 598.110 ;
The nominated urban area contains no portion of an area that is included in an Empowerment Zone or any other area currently nominated for designation as an Empowerment Zone (but it may include an Enterprise Community);
Each nominating governmental entity has the authority to:
Nominate the urban area for designation as an Empowerment Zone;
Make the commitments required of nominating entities by § 598.215(b); and
Provide written assurances satisfactory to the Secretary that the strategic plan will be implemented.
Provide that the nominating governments or corporations agree to make available all information requested by HUD to aid in the evaluation of progress in implementing the strategic plan; and
Provide assurances that the nominating governments will administer the Empowerment Zone program in a manner that affirmatively furthers fair housing on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and familial status (presence of children).
(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under Control Number 2506-0148)
[63 FR 19155, Apr. 16, 1998, as amended at 63 FR 53262, Oct. 2, 1998; 72 FR 71016, Dec. 13, 2007]