ERIE COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM
North East Borough has had the good fortune of receiving Community Development Block Grant funds through Erie County’s allocation of federal funds. This year the Borough will be using these funds for the purpose of Single-Family Rehabilitation. Please refer to the Notice of Intent to Release Funds for Fiscal Year 2020 bel;ow for further details:
NOTICE OF INTENT TO RELEASE FUNDS
On or about April 29, 2020 the County of Erie will submit a request to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for the release of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake the following project:
Project Name: North East Borough Single Family Housing Rehabilitation Project Project Number: (S-19-E-32-6-3) & (S-18-E-32-6-3)
Purpose of Project: Provide assistance to income eligible single family home owners in North East Borough to improve and upgrade their homes for compliance with HUD Housing Quality Standards and DCED’s Housing Rehab Guidebook Standards. Additionally, the project will begin to help preserve and improve the Borough’s overall existing housing stock. Project Description: Multi-year CDBG funds will provide for the rehabilitation of approximately five (5) substandard, single-family, LMI owner-occupied housing units in North East Borough in order to make them safe, decent, sanitary, and energy efficient for compliance with HUD Housing Quality Standards and DCED’s Housing Rehab Guidebook Standards. The rehabilitation work will include, but not be limited to roofing, window installation, new heating and ventilation systems, electrical and plumbing upgrades, lead-based paint removal, and weatherization measures. Homes built before 1978 will be tested / cleared for lead based paint hazards. Homes located within floodplains are not eligible for assistance under the program. Project delivery services will be provided by the Erie Redevelopment Authority.
Project Location: Community-wide–The houses to be rehabilitated have not yet been selected. Funding Source-Amount: Multi-Year CDBG / Approximately $108,000
The proposed activity is “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 determination for this project is on file at the Erie County Department of Planning, 150 East Front Street, Suite 300, Erie, PA 16507 where it can be examined or copied weekdays from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Erie County Department of Planning at the above listed address. All comments received by Tuesday, April 28, 2020 will be considered by the ECDP prior to authorizing the submission of a Request for Release of Funds.
The County of Erie certifies to the PA DCED that Kathy Dahlkemper, in her capacity as County Executive, 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. The PA DCED’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the County of Erie to use CDBG funds for the above-identified project
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
The PA DCED will accept objections to its release of funds and the County’s certification for a period of fifteen (15) days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are based on the following: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer/County Executive of the County of Erie; (b) the County has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the County 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 DCED; 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 the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, Center for Community Financing, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, 4th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225. Potential objectors should contact the PA DCED to verify the actual last day of the objection period.