NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
December 23, 2019
William J. Aila, Jr., Chairman
Hawaiian Homes Commission
Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
P.O. Box 1879
Honolulu, Hawai’i 96805
On or about January 4, 2020 the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands will submit a request to the HUD for the release of Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant funds under Title VIII-Housing Assistance for Native Hawaiians of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) of 1996, as amended, to undertake a project known as Single-Family Home Demo and Rebuild, at TMK (1) 2-4-041:008, 511 Ka’uhane Street, Honolulu, HI 96813, Island of O’ahu, for the purpose of demolition and reconstruction of the existing single family dwelling, and the installation of appurtenances as necessary. The HUD funding amount is expected to be $350,000.
The activities proposed are 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 will be posted on the HUD Exchange website, and may be viewed and/or downloaded online at URL Link: https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/ environmental-review/environmental-review-records/
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Office of the Chairman, Attn: Niniau Simmons, P.O. Box 1879, Honolulu, HI 96805. All comments received by January 3, 2020, will be considered by the DHHL prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.
The DHHL certifies to HUD that William J. Aila, Jr., in his capacity as Chairman 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 DHHL to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will accept objections to its release of fund and the DHHL’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 the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the DHHL; (b) the DHHL 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 office at 1132 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
William J. Aila, Jr., Chairman, DHHL