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    NOTICE TO PUBLIC OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

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    PUBLICATION DATE:  October 30, 2016

    GRANTEE NAME: City of Harrisburg

    ADDRESS:  10 North Second Street, Suite 206 Harrisburg, PA  17101-1681

    TELEPHONE: 717-255-6636

     

    To All Interested Agencies, Groups, and Persons:

    This notice shall satisfy the above-cited two separate but related procedural notification requirements.

    On October 8, 2016 the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Region III for the release of  Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383, as amended; 42 U.S.C.-5301 et seq. (CDBG),  Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 12701 et seq.), (HOME), and The HEARTH Act amends Subtitle B of Title IV of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11371-11378) (ESG), to undertake a project included in City’s 2016 Annual Action Plan which has been approved by HUD.  

    The funding levels for the three HUD Entitlement programs in Harrisburg for 2016 are as follows:

    Community Development Block Grant (CDBG): $1,863,831
    Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME): $376,832
    Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG): $171,823

    The activities proposed with these funds are described below: 

    FY2016

    HOME Budget: $376,832

    Administration:  10%     $37,683

    Home Improvement Program  75%   $282,624

    Homeowner Units Rehabilitated: 30 units

    Community Housing Development 15%    $56,524

    CHDO: 2 units’ affordable homes and 1 new rental unit

    ESG Budget: $171,823

    Administration: 7.5%    $12,886.73

    Capital Area Coalition on Homeless 92.5% $158,936.28

    Provide decent affordable housing and suitable living environment for 491 persons.

     CDBG Budget: $1,863,831

    • Emergency Demolition – Emergency demolition of blighted, hazardous structures throughout the City. $80,000 = 25 buildings.
    • General Administration -prog. mgnt., reporting, citizen participation, ERRs, loan servicing, advertising, prof. services.$357,766.
    • Section 108 Debt Service – Pay on Section 108 loans used for 2000 – 2003 Capital Corridor infrastructure project $641,113.
    • Housing Rehabilitation Program  – Rehabilitation, management and disposition of single-family properties in CTs 203, 206, 208, 211, 214, 215 and Habitat for Humanity projects.  Funding for City Staff oversight personnel.  $419,952 = 22 houses.
    • Public Safety – Renovate a building in the Mulder Square area for use as a Police Substation.  $115,000.
    • Public Safety – Smoke Detectors – providing smoke detectors to resident’s $20,000 = 230 detectors.
    • Park Play Equipment – replace playground equipment that is unsafe.  $25,000 = 3 pieces of equipment.
    • Maclay Street/Engineering – repair sidewalks to be ADA accessible in the Maclay Street area of town. $50,000.
    • MidPenn Legal Services – Assist low income families with legal representation for safe rental housing. $30,000 = 46 people.
    • Harrisburg East Shore YMCA – Renovation of housing for people with low income.  $30,000 = 200 people.
    • Christian Recovery Aftercare Ministries – Training to persons recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and persons re-entering the community from prison.   $25,000 = 50 persons.
    • Heinz-Menaker Senior Center – capital improvements/repairs to facility including kitchen at 1824 North Fourth Street $40,000 = 500 people.
    • African American Chamber of Commerce – assistance and business counseling to support job creation and retention. $30,000 = 17 jobs created.
    • Fair Housing Council of the Capital Region – housing counseling services to persons.  $25,000 = 1160 persons.

    The above projects are either exempt pursuant to 24 CFR Part 58.34(a), or categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at the City’s Department of Housing which is located at the address above.  Members of the public may review the ERR at the Department of Housing, 10 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101.  The ERR can be examined or copied weekdays 9A.M to 5 P.M.

     

    PUBLIC COMMENTS

    Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Department of Building and Housing Development  All comments received by October 30, 2016 notice date plus seven days; will be considered by the City of Harrisburg prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.

    ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

    The City of Harrisburg certifies to HUD Region III that Roy Christ in his/ capacity as Director consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied.  HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City of Harrisburg to use Program funds.

    OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

    HUD will accept objections to its release of fund and the City of Harrisburg’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the City of Harrisburg; (b) the City of Harrisburg has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality.  Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to HUD office at the

    US Department of Housing & Urban Development

    Philadelphia Regional Office

    Wanamaker Building

    100 Penn Square East

    Philadelphia, PA 19107-3390.

     

    Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period. Roy Christ Director for the Department of Building and Housing Development

     

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