LAFOLLETTE, TN. (WALF)- On or about September 26, 2023, the City of LaFollette will submit a request to the Tennessee Housing Development Agency for release of HOME funds under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, as amended, to undertake a project known as the LaFollette Housing Rehabilitation Project.
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST A RELEASE OF FUNDS
September 18, 2023
City of LaFollette
207 S Tennessee Avenue
LaFollette, TN 37766
On or about September 26, 2023, the City of LaFollette will submit a request to the Tennessee Housing Development Agency for release of HOME funds under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, as amended, to undertake a project known as the LaFollette Housing Rehabilitation Project for the purpose of: rehabilitation of single family owner occupied homes within the LaFollette City Limits. The grant funding amount is $600,000.
The activities proposed are comprise a project for which a Finding of No Significant Impact on the environment was published on September 18, 2023. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at LaFollette City Hall, 207 S Tennessee Ave., LaFollette, TN 37766 and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..
Any individual or group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the City of LaFollette. All comments received by September 25, 2023will be considered by the City of LaFolletteprior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.
The City of LaFollette certifies to the Tennessee Housing Development Agency that Mayor Cliff Jennings 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. The Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows LaFollette, TN to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
The Tennessee Housing Development Agency will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of LaFollette’s certification for a period of 15 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 LaFollette; (b) the City of LaFollette 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 the Tennessee Housing Development Agency; or d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory form the standpoint of environmental quality.
Because the grant award year Project will involve activities at several scattered sites for which the exact location will not be known for some time, an environmental review strategy has been developed including Site Specific Checklists, to assure that the required environmental review is completed for each site. If environmental factors are identified as having an impact on the project or any of the specific project sites, they will be addressed on a case by case basis.
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 Tennessee Housing Development Agency, Andrew Jackson Building, Third Floor, 502 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243, Attention: Community Programs Division. Potential objectors should contact the Tennessee Housing Development Agency to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 9/18/2023- 6AM- PAID AD)