Legal Notices

The Division of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) wants public input on the actions it takes and the decisions it makes. Sometimes that input takes place at a public hearing. In other instances we ask the public to submit written comments. In all cases DHCD’s requests for input will be found here.

DHCD has one legal notice.

Notice of Finding Of No Significant Impact and
Notice of Intent To Request Release Of Funds

Date of Notice: November 16, 2018

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Philadelphia’s Division of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

City of Philadelphia
Division of Housing and Community Development
1234 Market Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA  19107


On or about December 5, 2018 , the City of Philadelphia will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, as amended, and the City of Philadelphia will authorize the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) to submit to HUD a request for release of funds under Section 9 funds under the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended, to undertake the following housing project:

Project Title: Nicole Hines Townhomes

Purpose: Nicole Hines Townhomes will consist of new construction of thirty-five (35) dwelling units, including twin house, townhouse and duplex apartment units. The development will provide one, two and three-story units with the accessible units designed as one-story unit. There will be two, three and four-bedroom apartments to meet the needs of large families with children. The development will include a community room, management office, and community open space on site.

Location: 417-445 E Wister St. and 5120 Rufe St., Philadelphia

Estimated Cost: Estimated total project cost is $13.7 million. HUD funding includes: approximate HOME funding: $1.8 million; and Philadelphia Housing Authority will provide Section 9 Public Housing Operating subsidy for 24 units in an amount not to exceed $500 per unit per month.  The City of Philadelphia will also provide Housing Trust Funding for this project as well.


The City of Philadelphia 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) on file at the City of Philadelphia Planning Commission, 1515 Arch Street, 13th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102 and may be examined or copied weekdays 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Public Comments

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to DHCD.  All comments received by December 4, 2018 will be considered by the DHCD prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.  Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

Environmental Certification

The City of Philadelphia certifies to HUD that Melissa Long, in her capacity as DHCD’s 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.  HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City of Philadelphia and the PHA to use Program funds.

Objections to Release of Funds

HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the the City’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  (b) the City 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; 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 HUD, Office of Community Planning and Development and/or Office of Public and Indian Housing, as applicable.  HUD is located in the Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3380.  Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Melissa Long, Director
City of Philadelphia, Division of Housing and Community Development