February 25, 2021

The City of Charleston

75 Calhoun Street, Third Floor

Charleston, SC, 29401

(843) 724-3766

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston, SC.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about April 1, 2021, The City of Charleston will authorize the Housing Authority of the City of Charleston to submit a request to the HUD for the release of Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher) funds under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1437f) to provide rental subsidies by means of Section 8 Project Based Vouchers at a to be constructed project known as Esau Jenkins Village.   The purpose of this project is to provide 72 affordable housing units to qualified individuals or families defined as a) elderly or disabled families; and b) families receiving qualified supportive services.

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

The City of Charleston 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 Charleston, Department of Housing and Community Development, 75 Calhoun Street, Third Floor, Charleston, SC 29402. Project information may be reviewed weekdays between 8 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. by appointment only.  Please call (843) 724-3766 during office hours to setup an appointment.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to The City of Charleston, Department of Housing and Community Development.  All comments received by March 22, 2021 will be considered by The City of Charleston prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.  Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

The City of Charleston certifies to HUD, South Carolina that Geona Shaw Johnson in her capacity as Director of Housing and Community Development, 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, South Carolina’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston to use Program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

HUD, South Carolina will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Charleston’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 Charleston,(b) the City of Charleston 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, South Carolina; 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/SC, Columbia, SC Program Center. 1835 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201-2408.   Potential objectors should contact HUD/ SC to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Geona Shaw Johnson, Director

Housing and Community Development

City of Charleston