Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds

NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS 

Date of Notice: July 17, 2020 

Name of Responsible Entity: City of New Haven Health Department

Address: 54 Meadow Street 

City, State, Zip Code: New Haven, CT 06519 

Telephone Number of RE: Maritza Bond, Acting Program Director, 203-946-6978 

On  or  about  July  24,  2020  the  City  of  New  Haven  Health  Department   will  submit  a  request  to  the  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of the  Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program (LBPHC) is authorized by Section 1011 of the  Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 (Title X of the Housing and Community  Development Act of 1992, 42  U.S.C.  4852)  and funding is provided by  the  Consolidated   Appropriations  Act,  2018  (Public  Law 115-141), approved March 23, 2018, and the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2019  approved February 15, 2019, (Public Law 116-16). The Healthy Homes Supplemental funding is  authorized under Section 502 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970 (12 U.S.C. 1701z-2), with  funding approved by the same Appropriations Acts, for the following multi-year program/project:  CLTHD0322-19, Lead-Based Paint  Hazard  Control  program  and  Healthy  Homes  Supplemental  grant  in   the  amount  of  $5,600,000 for the abatement of lead hazards from the homes of families and children. Each year, the department notifies homeowners who require lead hazards abatement of their privately-owned rental units in writing. It is these units and these landlords whom we seek to assist financially as a main priority because their properties were identified as housing a lead poisoned child or as a serious lead hazard to children in the City of New Haven. Specifically, the program focuses on single and multi-family units that house children. The primary purpose of the program is to reduce the exposure of young children to lead based paint hazards in their homes. Eligible property owners will be offered a five-year forgivable loan of up to $9,981.67 per unit for lead hazard control as identified in the City’s lead abatement plan. Loans are 0% interest, for a 5-year term and forgiven at the rate of 20% per year through the term of the loan. Property owners will be responsible for any costs of abatement in excess of the loan amount. The City of New Haven Health Department is requesting the release of $5,600,000 with a match of $560,286.80 to support the Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program. 

The  proposed  hazard  control  activities  to  be  funded  under  this/these   program(s)  is/are  categorically excluded from the National Environmental Policy Act requirements, but subject  to compliance with some of     the environmental laws and authorities listed at § 58.5 of 24 CFR Part  58. In accordance with §58.15, a tiered review process has been structured, whereby some environmental laws and authorities have been reviewed and studied for the intended target area(s) listed above. Other applicable environmental laws and authorities will be complied with, when individual projects are ripe for review. 

Funds are used to provide inspections, evaluation and abatement of lead-based  hazards in residential units occupied by children with elevated blood levels; units occupied by  children under the age of six; and or units to be rented to families with children under the age of six. Funds will be used to provide lead safe housing as part of renovation of vacant and blighted housing by not-for-profit affordable housing developers. 

Specifically, the target area(s) have been studies and compliance with the  following laws and authorities has been achieved in this Tier 1 review: Compliance Factors: Statutes,  Executive Orders, and Regulations listed at 24 CFR §50.4, §58.5, and §58.6, etc. Site-specific environmental  reviews will include compliance with the following environmental laws and authorities for proposed projects  funded under the program(s) listed  above:  Categorically  Excluded  per  24  CFR  58.35(a),  and  subject   to  laws  and  authorities  at  §58.5:58.35(a)(4). Should individual aggregate projects exceed the threshold for categorical exclusion detailed at 58.35(a), an Environmental Assessment will be completed and a separate Finding of No Significant Impact and Request for Release of Funds published. Copies of the compliance documentation worksheets are available at the address below. 

An  Environmental  Review  Record  (ERR)  that  documents  the  environmental   determinations  for  this project, and more fully describes the tiered review process cited above, is  on file at the City of New Haven Health Department, 54 Meadow Street, 9th  Floor, New Haven, CT 06519 and  may be examined or copied weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the City of New Haven Health Department. All comments received by July 23, 2020 will be considered by The City of New Haven Health Department prior to authorizing submission of a Request for Release of Funds and Environmental Certification to HUD. 

RELEASE OF FUNDS 

The Maritza Bond, Director of Health of the City of New Haven Health Department  certifies to HUD that Aicha Woods, in her official capacity as Director of City Plan, 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 New Haven Health Department to utilize federal funds and implement the Program. 

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS 

HUD  will  consider  objections  to  its  release  of  funds  and  the  City   of  New  Haven  Health  Department certification for a period of fifteen days following either the anticipated  submission date (cited above) or HUD’s actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if the objections  are on one of the following bases: (a) that the Certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of  the City of New Haven Health Department (b) the City of New Haven Health Department has omitted a step or  failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the City of New  Haven Health Department has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before  approval of a release of funds by HUD; (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), and may be addressed to HUD and sent to the email address as follows: Karen M. Griego,  Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, Program Environmental Clearance Officer, U.S.  Department of Housing and Urban Development LeadRegulations@HUD.GOV Potential objectors may contact HUD directly to verify the actual last day of the objection/comment period. 

City of New Haven Health Department, Aicha Wood, Director of City Plan  

City of New Haven Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

City of New Haven
Health Department
Bureau of Environmental Health
54 Meadow Street, 9th Floor
New Haven, CT 06519
(203) 946-8174