Public Notice - CDBG Housing Programs

NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS FOR THE CITY OF VENTURA CDBG HOUSING PROGRAMS

Date of Publication: November 25, 2020
City of San Buenaventura
501 Poli Street
Ventura, CA 93001
 (805) 654-7735

On or after November 25, 2020, the City of San Buenaventura will submit a request to the HUD, Los Angeles Office of Community Planning and Development, for the release of the city’s housing
rehabilitation programs – Mobile Home Rehabilitation Grant Program, operated by the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura, and the Home Repair program, operated by Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County funds under Title 24 CFR 570, of the Housing and Community
 Development Act of 1974, as amended, plan to undertake the following project:

Tier 1 Broad Review Project/Program Title: CDBG Housing Programs

Purpose: The City of San Buenaventura (Ventura) proposes to fund housing rehabilitation programs during the five-year period between program year 2020-2021 to program year 2024-2025. During the five-year period, each program serves owner-occupied homeowners with structural rehabilitation services. There are two programs that have been identified for funds in program year 2020-2021: the Mobile Home Rehabilitation Grant Rehabilitation Program (MHRGP), operated by the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura - exclusively for mobile homes, and the Homeowner Repair Program - exclusively for single family homes, operated by Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County. Both programs assist low-income residents with structural rehabilitation assistance such as window replacements, plumbing, roofing, electrical work, and respective fixtures to aid in the minimum housing quality standards set forth by local, state, and federal requirements. Additional work consists of ramps and other handicap accessible services to improve the livability of each home for seniors and disabled residents. For the MHRGP, home rehabilitations are funded up to $7,500 per home and $1,500 for the operational expenses in managing the projects. The Homeowner Repair Program funds rehabilitations up to $7,600 per home and approximately $2,400 per home, for operational expenses. Both programs will be provided to low- and moderate-income residents, citywide. Programs typically serve approximately 18 homes per year (15 through the MHRGP and 3 through the Home Rehabilitation
 Program), however if funds permit, additional projects may be completed. Housing programs throughout the five-year period is expected to utilize approximately $825,000.                                  

Location: The Home Repair program is citywide and exclusive to Single-Family Homes. The Mobile Home Rehabilitation Grant Program is exclusive to mobile home units in the following mobile home parks: Buena Trailer Villa - 3975 Telegraph Road, 93003, Buenaventura Mobile Home Estates – 11405 Darling Road, 93004, Country Estates - 10685 Blackburn Road, 93004, Imperial Mobile Home Park - 5067 Thille Street, 93003, La Posada Mobile Home Park - 4499 Copeland Drive, 93003, Lemonwood Mobile Home Park - 850 Johnson Drive, 93003, Patrician Mobile Home Park - 4700 Aurora Drive, 93003, Sea Esta Village - 3900 E. Main Street, 93003, Star Dust Mobile Estates - 11100 Telegraph Road, 93004, Ventura Marina Mobile Home Park - 1215 Anchors Way Drive, 93001, Victoria Park – 2040 Park Drive, 93003.

 Level of Environmental Review Citation: The City concluded that the environmental review level was categorized as a Categorically Excluded Subject to §58.35 that converts to exempt. The project is classified as a rehabilitation Program of homeowner occupied single family homes, as cited in Title 24 CFR Part 58.35(a)(2) and 58.35(a)(3)

 Tier 2 Site Specific Reviews: The site-specific reviews will cover the following laws and authorities not addressed in the Tier 1 broad review: Contamination and Toxic Substances, Floodplain Management, and Historic Preservation.

 Mitigation Measures/Conditions/Permits (if any): Project sites must comply with each of the laws and authorities listed in the Tier 2 site specific review to be eligible for program funding.

 PUBLIC COMMENTS
The Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project can be reviewed online at the City of Ventura Community Development Block Grant website from November 25, 2020 through December 9, 2020 at https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/426/CDBG-and-HOME-Programs

 Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the City of Ventura,
ATTN: Community Development Department, 501 Poli Street, Ventura, CA 93001. Comments received by December 9, 2020 will be considered prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. The City intends to submit the Request of Release of Funds to HUD no later than by December 10,2020. Questions or comments can be directed to Andrea Palmer, Associate Planner at apalmer@cityofventura.ca.gov

 ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION
 The City of Ventura certifies to HUD that Peter Gilli, Community Development Director, and Neda Zayer, Assistant Community Development 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 to use CDBG Program Funds.

 OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
 Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures 24 CFR Part 58, Section 58.76 and shall be addressed to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Community Planning Department, located at 300 N. Los Angeles Avenue, Suite 4054, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period. 

 HUD will accept objections for the City’s Request for Release of Funds and Environmental Certification for a period of fifteen (15) days following the anticipated submission date specified above or its actual receipt of the request, whichever is later, only if they are on one of the following:
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, or by CEQ regulations at 40 CFR 1500-1508, as applicable;
c) The City has omitted one or more steps in the preparation, completion, or publication of the Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Study (NOT APPLICABLE TO THIS PROJECT);
 d) the grant recipient or other participant in the development process has committed funds for or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before release of funds and approval of the environmental certification; e) another Federal, State, or local agency has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality.