January 27, 2022
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
Bradley R. Sweazy,
Interim Executive Director
Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC)
2415 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Notice Issued: January 24, 2022
On or about February 3, 2022, the LHC 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, 2020, approved December 20, 2019 (Public Law 116-94), 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: Louisiana Housing Corporations Lead Safe Housing & Healthy Homes Program (LSHHHP), for the purpose of identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards and
associated minor rehabilitation on residential properties within 20 targeted parishes: Avoyelles, Caddo, Calcasieu, Catahoula, Claiborne, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, St. Landry, St. Mary, and Webster. The proposed program would involve minor rehabilitation and hazard control activities within the homes of privately owned rental or owner-occupied housing of low and very low income families with children under the age of six with elevated blood lead
levels (eblls): 10 g/dL. LHCs LSHHHP plans to conduct lead hazard control activities on 175 residential units in the targeted parishes and also plans to provide Healthy Homes remediation to 60 homes. The LHC is requesting the release of $3,300,000.00 in Healthy Homes funding.
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. Specifically, the target area(s) has/have been studied and compliance with the following laws and authorities has been achieved in this Tier 1 review: Airport Hazards, Coastal Barrier Resources Act, Air Quality, Endangered Species,
Farmlands Protection, Noise Abatement and Control, Sole Source Aquifers, Wetlands Protection, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and Environmental Justice. Site-specific environmental reviews will include compliance with the following environmental laws and authorities for proposed projects funded under the program(s) listed above: Flood Insurance, Coastal Zone Management, Contamination and Toxic Substances, Explosive and Flammable Hazards, and Historic
Preservation. 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 LHC,
2415 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge LA 70808, (225) 763-8700 and may be reviewed or copied weekdays 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the LHCs Environmental Department to the attention of Mr. Agaha Brass, Environmental Manager, 11637 Industriplex Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. All comments received by February 2, 2022, will be considered by LHC prior to authorizing submission of a Request for Release of Funds and Environmental Certification to HUD.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
The LHC certifies to HUD that Bradley R. Sweazy in his official capacity as Interim Executive 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. HUDs approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the LHC to utilize federal funds and implement the Program.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will consider objections to its release of funds and the LHCs certification for a period of fifteen days following either the anticipated submission date (cited above) or HUDs 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 LHC; (b) the LHC has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the LHC 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
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Potential objectors may contact HUD directly to verify the actual last day of the objection/comment period.
Bradley R. Sweazy
Interim Executive Director
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