FUNDING PUBLIC NOTICE
VENTURA ANNOUNCES THE AVAILABILITY OF 2022-23
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDING
The City annually receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, for the purpose of addressing the unmet needs of lower-income persons and households in Ventura. On Monday, February 28, 2022, the City of Ventura will post the 2022-2023 CDBG funding application on its website.
Non-profit housing and community development organizations are invited to apply for a share of the City’s CDBG funding. Proposed projects must be located within Ventura city limits and meet the CDBG program objectives and eligibility criteria. While funding for Public Service projects is limited by CDBG regulations, organizations are encouraged to apply for these activities.
Funding allocations are based on Congressional appropriations in the Federal budget. As of the date of this notice, HUD has not announced the CDBG funding allocations for the 2022-23 program year. For planning purposes, the City is using the previous year grant amount of $771,000.00. This estimate will be updated as soon as HUD releases the allocations.
The City will accept funding applications beginning Tuesday March 1, 2022 through Tuesday, March 22, 2022.
Organizations interested in applying for funds must attend the MANDATORY PRE-FUNDING WORKSHOP, will be held virtually in early March. To be considered for funding, applications must be received, via email, by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 22nd. The CDBG program year runs from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.
Beginning February 28, 2022, application forms, filing requirements, instructions, and details about the Mandatory Pre-Funding Workshop will be available on the City’s website:
For further information about the CDBG program or the funding process, contact:
Jennie Buckingham, Senior Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Dori Boyer, Management Analyst, at email@example.com.
Published March 1, 2022
FINDING OF NO SIGNFICANT IMPACT (FONSI) AND NOTICE OF INTENT (NOI) TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS (RROF)
January 25, 2022
City of San Buenaventura (Ventura)
Community Development Grants & Housing
501 Poli Street
Ventura CA 93001
This Notice shall satisfy the above-cited two separate but related procedural notification requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Ventura.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about February 10, 2022 the City of Ventura will submit to the California Department of Housing and Community Development, acting on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the release of $4,601,064 in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funds, as authorized by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Title I, Part 24, Section 570, Public Law 93-383, 88 Stat. 633, 42 U.S.C 5301-5321, as amended, a request to undertake a project known as Westview Village Phase II (project) for the purpose of providing affordable housing for seniors. The project is located within the City of Ventura in Ventura County, California, west of Olive Avenue, between Barnett Street on the south and Vince Street on the north.
Project Description: The four-phased project would redevelop the former 180-units of public housing located on a 20.6-acre property, with 320 new units of affordable housing for low- and very low-income households including families, seniors, farmworkers, and persons transitioning from homelessness. Westview Village will meet LEED for Neighborhood Development certification and will include community spaces and more than one acre of public parks.
Phase I of the development is completed and occupied, Phase III is underway, and the subject project, Phase II, will provide 50 units of housing for Seniors.
Mitigation Measures/Conditions/Permits (if any): Mitigation measures have been adopted to reduce, avoid or eliminate potentially adverse impacts, including: 1) Contamination and Toxic Substances; 2) Historic Preservation; 3) Endangered Species; 4) Environmental Justice; 5) Soil Suitability; 6) Stormwater Management; 7) Relocation; and 8) Noise
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
The City of Ventura 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). The public may review the ERR, which is available electronically at the link below:
Any individual, group or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to the City of Ventura, 501 Poli Street, Ventura CA 93001, Attention: Jennie Buckingham at firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments received on or before February 9, 2022, will be considered by the City of Ventura prior to submission of a request for release of funds.
Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
The City of Ventura certifies to HUD that Peter Gilli, Certifying Officer, in his capacity as Director of the Community Development Department 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 Ventura to use HUD program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the RE’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 City of Ventura; (b) the City of Ventura 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, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to HUD at the Los Angeles Field Office, 300 N. Los Angeles Street, Suite #4054, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Neda Zayer, Certifying Officer, Assistant Community Development Director – City of Ventura