PUBLICATION DATE: January 22, 2018
GRANTEE NAME: City of Harrisburg
The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. City Government Center
10 North Second Street, Suite 206
Harrisburg, PA 17101-1681
To All Interested Agencies, Groups, and Persons:
This notice shall satisfy the above-cited two separate but related procedural notification requirements.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On January 22, 2018 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 2017 are as follows:
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)……………………………………………. $1,814,169
Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)……………………………………………$363,891
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)………………………………………………………. $167,796
The activities proposed with these funds are described below:
Housing Rehabilitation Program (multi-year, City-wide, non-site specific)
These programs will involve improvements to existing owner or renter occupied housing units or vacant properties that will be acquired and sold to low/mod income owner occupants upon completion. Rehabilitation will include window/door removal and replacement, replacement of flooring, removal/replacement of roof components and gutters, improvements to heating systems, improvements to electrical and plumbing systems, installation of hardwired smoke detectors, water heater replacement, improvements to bathrooms including removal/replacement of tubs, sinks, vanities and toilets as well as ADA improvements, improvements to interior walls including new sheetrock and painting, exterior improvements including the installation of vinyl siding, repointing of brick work, painting, porch improvements and sidewalk/walkway improvement, as well as any other general housing, improvement work. Improvements will not increase a structure’s capacity and will not involve additions or expansion of the structure. Contractors are required to be certified in lead safe work practices as is dictated by HUD guidelines. Specific programs receiving FY 2017 funding include:
- Home Improvement Program
- Housing Rehabilitation Program
- Community Housing Development
Public Facilities Rehabilitation Program (multi-year, City-wide, non-site specific)
This program will involve improvements to public facilities. Rehabilitation will include but not be limited to:
- Funding provided for bathroom improvements at the Heinz Menaker Senior Center.
- Funding to place a construction fence around houses subject to demolition on South 14th Street due to a sinkhole having formed there in the past several years. The City will also use funds to board up houses prior to demolition and cut the grass and remove snow. The City will be taking ownership of the houses in the near term (November 2017) and will use other federal grant funds to initiate demolition activities.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
The City of Harrisburg has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) 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.
Demolition (Multi-Year, Citywide, Non-Site Specific)
The activity consists of demolition of blighted, hazardous structures throughout the city. Structures will be demolished, debris will be properly handled and disposed of and the sites will be cleared and properly graded. Program may involve acquisition of substandard structures to be demolished. Activities may take place on commercial, residential or mixed-use properties. This project may extend beyond one fiscal year and may require funding from future program years. Specific programs receiving FY 2017 funding include:
- Emergency Demolition
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Department of Building and Housing Development All comments received by January 22, 2018 notice date plus fifteen days; will be considered by the City of Harrisburg prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.
The City of Harrisburg certifies to HUD Region III that Eric Papenfuse in his capacity as Mayor 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
100 Penn Square East
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3390.
Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Eric Papenfuse, Mayor