Public Notices, Federal Plans, and Project Compliance

 
The Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) is charged with compliance and monitoring of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) entitlement grant funds, including the development of the five-year Consolidated Plan, annual Action Plan, and Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) and many other regulatory issues pertaining to grant funding for Metro Louisville programs and external agencies.

POSTED FROM AUGUST 14, 2018 THROUGH AUGUST 31, 2018 
 
NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
 
These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government.
 
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about August 14, 2018 the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to undertake a project known as St. John Center, 700 E Muhammad Ali Boulevard. Louisville, KY 40202 in the amount of $202,820.00.  The project proposes both new construction and rehabilitation work at the St. John Emergency day shelter for homeless men. The two story, 2,400 square foot addition is located on the south side of the build and links to the first floor. The existing interior of the building will be rehabilitated to and re-configure the work space to provide offices for staff, multi-purpose program spaces and associated support spaces to serve clients more efficiently. The exterior is brick veneer on most of the first floor, with a cement board panel system used on the second floor. The single ply membrane roof is flat over the first floor and sloped over the second. Windows have insulated glass and are operable. Interior finishes consist mainly of carpet, painted drywall and acoustical ceilings. A new mechanical system will be installed, using high-efficiency split heat-pump systems. Most of the interior of the existing first floor will be renovated and reworked to provide new offices for staff positions and for spaces that serve clients daily.
 
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
The Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government 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 on file at Develop Louisville, Office of Housing and Community Development, 444 South 5th Street, 5th Floor, Louisville, KY 40203, and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M (excluding holidays).
 
PUBLIC COMMENTS
Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to Nancy Harris, Housing Program Specialist, Develop Louisville, Office of Housing and Community Development, 444 South 5th Street, 5th Floor, Louisville, KY 40202 or via email at Nancy.Harris@louisvilleky.gov. All comments received no later than 18 calendar days after the posting will be considered by the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.
 
RELEASE OF FUNDS
The Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government certifies to HUD that Greg Fischer 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. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government to use Program funds.
 
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government‘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 Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government; (b) the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government 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 has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD/State; 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) and shall be addressed to the HUD Louisville Field Office at 601 W. Broadway, Room 110, Louisville, KY 40202. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Public Hearings for the Draft Program Year 2018 Action Plan  

The DRAFT Program Year 2018 Action Plan outlines annual goals, expected outcomes, and proposed expenditures related to Metro’s use of US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) entitlement funds, including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), for Program Year 2018 (July 1, 2018- June 30, 2019). The purpose of HUD entitlement funds is to provide decent, affordable housing, ensure suitable living environments, and expand economic opportunity. The  DRAFT Program Year 2018 Action Plan was subject to a 30-day public comment period from April 11, 2018 to May 11, 2018. Develop Louisville’s responses to public comments received will be included in the Final Program Year 2018 Action Plan that will be submitted to HUD.

Develop Louisville, a department of Louisville Metro Government, has held two public hearings on the DRAFT Program Year 2018 Action Plan. The second Public Hearing was held at the Louisville Urban League at 6 p.m. on April 17, 2018.  The purpose of this hearing was to review the proposed allocations of HUD Entitlement Grant Funds next fiscal year (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019) as proposed in the DRAFT Program Year 2018 Action Plan. Click here to see a PDF of the PowerPoint Presentation made by OHCD Director Gabe Fritz at the hearing. A video of the second Public Hearing for the DRAFT Program Year 2018 Action Plan.  

 

The first public hearing was held on March 1, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Baxter Community Center. The focus of the hearing was the use of HUD Entitlement Grant Funds for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019) and the process by which Metro will create the Action Plan for those funds. A video of the meeting can be found below. 

To view a video of the March 1 public meeting, please click here. To view a PDF of the PowerPoint Presentation made by OHCD Assistant Director Curtis Stauffer, follow this link


Current Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan

The Consolidated Plan is Louisville Metro’s five-year strategic plan for the use of HUD entitlement funds (HOME, CDBG, ESG, and HOPWA).  Additionally, Louisville Metro prepares an annual Action Plan, which outlines specific projects Metro plans to undertake during the year and includes a detailed budget.
Consolidated Plan (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2020)
Program Year 2017 Action Plan (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018)

 

Annual Performance Report (CAPER) 
Louisville Metro's most recent annual report detailing the use of HUD entitlement funds.
Program Year 2016 CAPER (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017) submitted to HUD on September 28, 2017
 

The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation (CAPER) was accepted by HUD on November 8, 2017. A detailed response was provided to HUD on December 7, 2017 to provide additional information and clarity requested in the CAPER approval letter. Questions concerning the CAPER can be directed to Melinda L. Breslin at 502-574-8298 or melinda.breslin@louisvilleky.gov.

The Program Year 2017 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) detailing Louisville Metro Government's use of HUD entitlement funds (CDBG, HOME, HOPWA, and ESG) during the period from July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018. During the public comment period, the Draft Program Year 2017 CAPER is available for review online on Louisville Metro Government's Webpage and at all branches of Louisville Free Public Library, at all Neighborhood Place sites, at the Edison Center (701 W. Ormsby Ave.) and at the OHCD office at the Metro Development Center (444 S. 5th St., 5th Floor).

Public comment will be accepted from September 14 through September 28, 2018. Submit comment via email to Shelby.Miles@louisvilleky.gov or via US Mail to: Shelby Miles, Grants Contract Coordinator, Office of Housing and Community Development, 444 S. 5th Street, 5th Floor, Louisville, KY 40202. 

To view the Draft Program Year 2017 CAPER, please click here

Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) Plans
Louisville Metro utilizes Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas to carry out concentrated redevelopment efforts in specific neighborhoods. Currently, three neighborhoods are designated as NRSAs.
Portland NRSA Plan (active July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2017)
Shawnee NRSA Plan (active September 25, 2013 – June 30, 2018)
Russell NRSA Plan (active July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2021) 
 
Previous Program Year Plans and Reports
July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017: Action Plan
July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016: Action Plan (amended) // CAPER
July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015: Action Plan // CAPER
July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014: Action Plan (amended) // CAPER
July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013: Action Plan (amended) // CAPER
July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012: Action Plan (amended) // CAPER
July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011: Action Plan (amended) // CAPER
July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2014: Consolidated Plan (amended)
 

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