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 two legal notices.
Notice Of Finding Of No Significant Impact And Notice Of Intent To Request Release Of Funds
Date of Notice: May 22, 2018
City of Philadelphia
Division of Housing and Community Development
1234 Market Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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) and the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA).
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On June 12, 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 Partnership 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 the MTW funds from the PHA and under Section 8 and Section 9 of the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended, to undertake the following housing project:
Project Title: Susquehanna Square
Community Ventures will develop the Susquehanna Square project, which includes 37 affordable rental housing units for families and senior citizens, including disabled individuals. All units will receive rental subsidy from the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA). This project will transform concentrations of vacant lots into new housing development for low-income households. The project will bring new housing stock which will help to stabilize the area and add density back to the neighborhood.
The project sites include properties at 2137-61 N 51st Street, 2116-24 N 16th Street and 1601 Diamond Street.
The estimated total project cost is $13,335,943. $2,400,000 will be funded with HOME funding through DHCD. Additional funding will be provided by the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA). PHA is providing $2,400,000 in Moving To Work (MTW) funds and 37 project-based vouchers through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The project-based voucher funds will be made available through the HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
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.
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to DHCD. All comments received by June 11, 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.
The City of Philadelphia certifies to HUD that Melissa Long, in her capacity as DHCD’s Deputy 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, Deputy Director
City of Philadelphia, Division of Housing and Community Development
DHCD Issues RFP for Affordable Rental Developments
The Division of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is soliciting proposals to finance the development of rental units designed to serve low- and moderate-income households using funding from the Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund (HTF), federal HOME and Community Development Block Grant funds. This Request for Proposals (RFP) is designed to assist in providing gap financing for rental projects that will seek Four Percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA).
Briefing Session: Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Noon, 1234 Market St., 17th Floor
Questions Due: June 13, 2018
Proposals Due: June 28, 2018
For More Information: http://ohcdphila.org/partner-with-dhcd/rfps/