Home Investment Partnership Program

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PUBLIC NOTICE: 

 

CITY OF ASHEVILLE 

CONCURRENT NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT (FONSI)  AND 

NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS (NOI-RROF)

 June 15, 2021

 

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements 

for activities to be undertaken by the City of Asheville.

 

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about July 4, 2021, at least one day after the end of the comment period, the City of Asheville will submit a request to the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning in Greensboro, NC for the release of HOME Investment Partnership funds under Title II 42 U.S.C. 12701 of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, as amended, to undertake a project known as The Villas at Swannanoa for the purpose of providing affordable rental housing. The Villas at Swannanoa will be a new construction apartment community for seniors (55+) located at 2255 US Highway 70, in Swannanoa (Buncombe County) and shall consist of 60 units.  The estimated total project costs are $10,306,000 with the estimated HUD HOME funds of $840,000 comprising 8 percent of the funding. 

 

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

The City of Asheville 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) and will be made available to the public for review either electronically, on the CD Website, or by U.S. mail. Please submit your request by email to Nancy Williams, at nwilliams@ashevillenc.gov, or by mail to the City of Asheville, Community Development Department, P.O. Box 7148; Asheville, NC 28802, Attention: Nancy Williams. The Environmental Review Record can also be accessed online at the HUD Website: https://www.onecpd.info/environmental-review/environmental-review-records or the City of Ashevilles Community Development website link found here.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the City of Asheville Community Development Division via mail (to the address above) or via email (to the email address above). All comments received by July 3, 2021 will be considered by the City of Asheville prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

The City of Asheville certifies to HUD that Debra Campbell, in her capacity as City Manager, 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 Asheville to use Program funds.

 

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

HUD/Greensboro Field Office will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Asheville’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 Asheville; 

(b) the City of Asheville 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/Greensboro Field Office; 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 via email in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Greensboro Office of Community Planning & Development at CPD_COVID-19OEE-GRB@hud.gov. Potential objectors should contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Greensboro Office of Community Planning & Development via this email to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

 

Debra Campbell, City Manager

 

 

Posted June 15, 2021 


Notice: The Fiscal Year 2021 – 2022 CDBG and HOME Applications process is closed. For more information please see our Community Development Home Page found here.

 


What is Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)?

Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is a federal grant program through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) providing grant funds on a reimbursable basis to provide decent affordable housing to low-income households, expand the capacity of non-profit housing providers, strengthen the ability of state and local governments to provide housing, and leverage private-sector participation.

HOME can be used for a wide range of activities including:

  • New construction
  • Rehabilitation
  • Down payment assistance
  • Rental assistance
  • Site improvements
  • Acquisition of property
  • Relocation costs
  • Project related soft costs
  • Activities of Community Development Housing Organizations (CHDOs)
  • Program administration, planning, capacity building (up to 15% of the budget)

For more information about the program visit hud.gov

2019-2020 Funding Recommendations

2019-2020 Program

 Recommended Funding 2019-2020

Homeward Bound of Western North Carolina-296 Short Michigan PSH Rehab. Project $330,000
Homeward Bound of Western North Carolina-HOME Diversion $20,000
Housing Assistance Corporation- Cottages at Oklawaha $218,250
Vision Properties, LLC – Renison Heights Garage Apartments 1 $20,000
Workforce Homestead- Jasper $400,000
Homeward Bound- TBRA Resident Mobility $50,000
Henderson County Habitat for Humanity- Dodd Meadows Phase 6 $106,203
City of Asheville- Program Administration  $124,869

How do these grants make a difference in our area?

The HOME program serves the four county consortium of Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania and Madison Counties. The City of Asheville is the lead entity for the consortium and administers the HOME funds in the area. The City receives about $1.5 million each year. Much of this is sub-granted to non-profit agencies to increase the stock of safe, decent, affordable housing in our area. The City awards HOME funds based on housing needs from a Housing Needs Assessment which is used to form a Five-Year Consolidated Plan for housing priorities.

After the funding cycle each year, the current funded projects from all of our funding programs along with their descriptions and expected outcomes are published for each fiscal year in our Action Plan. A link to the current fiscal year Action Plan is provided here as well as a list of current HOME projects.

Each fiscal year, HUD requires that a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) be published to show the progress of active projects as well as the outcomes in the previous fiscal year. This is a public accounting of the Federal Funds at work to show what has been accomplished in our area.  A link to the CAPER is provided here.

 

How does my agency apply for HOME?

 

Each year a CDBG and HOME application workshop is held in December. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. The exact workshop date and time are announced in the City’s Funding Programs webpage. Application and presentation materials from last year’s application process can also be viewed from the Funding Programs page.

Applications for this years CDBG and HOME grant funds will be posted to the Funding Programs webpage in early December. Applications are typically due in early February.

 

Federal Compliance Requirements

Activities using HOME funds must meet a number of federal standards. HUD has produced a toolkit as a resource tool that will allow grantees to find information on financial management, environmental review, labor standards, acquisition, relocation and fair housing.

Specific information about each federal requirement can be found by clicking on each link provided below:


Contact

If you would like to receive email notifications of upcoming grant deadlines and the Asheville Regional Housing Consortium Board meetings, please contact:

Christina Harris
charris@ashevillenc.gov

last update- 06/15/2021

 

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