Grants & Housing Department

COMBINED NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS AND FINAL NOTICE AND PUBLIC EXPLANATION OF A PROPOSED ACTIVITY IN A 100-YEAR FLOODPLAIN 

December 17, 2017 City of Galveston - Grants & Housing Dept. 2508 Ball Avenue Galveston, TX 77550 (409) 797-3820

This Notice shall satisfy the above-cited two separate but related procedural notification requirements.

To: All interested Agencies: US Dept. of HUD; USEPA; FEMA; USFWS; USACE; TXCEQ; TXGLO; City of Galveston Floodplain Administrator; Citizens of Galveston, Groups and Individuals 

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

 On or after December 28, 2017, the City of Galveston will submit a request to HUD for the release of Community Development Block Grant B-17-MC-480016 funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-383), as amended, to undertake the following project: Public Works Dept. Street Improvements Project, Cost $249,233, will provide City staff to repave approximately 9 city blocks (approx. 3985 linear ft.) deteriorated, unsafe streets in Council District 1 LMI areas at Winnie (Ave. G) from 37th to 43rd Streets, Church (Ave. F) from 38th to 41st Streets, and 47th Street from Broadway to Ave. L in Old Central/Carver Park Neighborhood, a residential urbanized district, in Census Tracts 7246 and 7252, approximate population 3,298. Please see the attached links below for the full Request for Release of Funds.

The proposed project is categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at the Grants and Housing Dept., City of Galveston, (address above) and may be examined or copied weekdays 9 A.M to 4:30 P.M.

FINAL NOTICE AND PUBLIC EXPLANATION OF A PROPOSED ACTIVITY IN A 100-YEAR FLOODPLAIN

This is to give notice that the City of Galveston under 24 CFR Part 58 has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Wetlands Protection. The activity is funded under the CDBG Program B-17-MC-480016. The proposed project location and description is listed in the first paragraph of this notice. The site is in a 100-year flood zone as designated by the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map 485469 panels 22E and 26E. approx. 2.22 acres. Please see the link below for the full Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the City of Galveston Grants & Housing Dept. (address above). A full description of the project may be reviewed from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All comments received by December 27, 2017 will be considered by the City of Galveston prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Galveston’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later). Potential objectors should contact HUD, Galveston CPD Representative at (713) 718-3119 to verify the actual last day of the objection period. Please see the link below for the full Objections to Release of Funds.

Please see the attached links for the full Combined Notice:

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Primary Responsibilities  

The Grants and Housing Department is primarily responsible for the administration, coordination, and management of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME).

The City of Galveston receives approximately $1.4 million annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under these programs.

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Five-Year Strategy Plan
The Grants and Housing Department is responsible for the development of a five-year strategy assessing the nonhousing and housing community development needs of the city. This document, which is called the Consolidated Plan, guides the city's community development goals for three to five years.

Fund Awards
With the approval of City Council, CDBG, and HOME funds are awarded to a variety of neighborhood activities, nonprofit organizations, and city departments.

All CDBG funds must be used to meet one of three national objectives of the CDBG program. These objectives include:
  • Provide a benefit to low-moderate income persons
  • Eliminate a slum or blight condition
  • Meet an urgent community development need, as approved by HUD
The Grants and Housing Department monitors all CDBG and HOME funded activities for compliance with national objectives, eligible program beneficiaries, fiscal requirements, environmental requirements, and all program guidelines and statutory regulations.

Fair Housing
The department also functions as the city's Fair Housing Office.  

Housing Rehabilitation
The Grants and Housing Department also administers the city's housing rehabilitation and reconstruction programs. All residents must meet HUD's low-moderate income criteria. These programs provide housing rehabilitation services in the forms of loans, forgivable deferred payment loans.

Handicap Accessibility Program
The Grants and Housing Department also provides a Handicap Accessibility Program that offers grants to homeowners with physical impairments. This program provides a number of home improvements to assist homeowners with accessibility needs, including wheelchair ramps and kitchen and bathroom modifications.

Other Assistance
The city also provides assistance to nonprofit organizations that provide affordable housing assistance in the form of acquisition, rehabilitation, and first-time homebuyers assistance.