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Community Development

140 Henry Parkway
McDonough, GA 30253
Director
: Shannan Sagnot
Email: ssagnot@co.henry.ga.us

2018 Final CAPER

2017-2019 Consolidated Plan & 2017 Annual Action Plan

2019 Annual Action Plan Final
 

 


What is the Community Development Block Grant Program?

The primary goal of CDBG is to develop and strengthen viable urban communities by providing decent housing and suitable living environments principally for low- and moderate-income persons and/or households.

CDBG-funded projects and services must meet one of the Programs’ National Objectives:

  • Provide a benefit to low/moderate income persons.
  • Eliminate or prevent slums and blight.
  • Meet an urgent community need of recent origin that threatens the health or welfare of residents.

The following are considered eligible CDBG activities:

  • Senior Services
  • Handicapped Access
  • Youth Services
  • Health Services
  • Sidewalk Improvements
  • Waterline Improvements
  • Street Improvements
  • Sewer Improvements
  • Drainage Improvements
  • Senior Center
  • Youth Centers
  • Neighborhood Facilities
  • Child Care Facilities
  • Historic Preservation
  • Parks & Recreation Facilities
  • Health Facilities
  • Parking Facilities
  • Job Creation & Retention
  • Business Improvements
  • Acquisition
  • Loans
  • Housing Rehabilitation
  • Affordable Housing
  • Rental Assistance
  • Down Payment Assistance
  • Rental Rehabilitation
  • Emergency Shelter

The following activities may Not be assisted with CDBG funds:

  • Buildings (or portions thereof) utilized for the General Conduct of Government (unless the proposed activity is related to ADA compliance being the removal of material or architectural barriers that limit the accessibility of elderly persons or adults with severe disabilities (§570.208(a)(2(ii));
  • General Government Expenses - required to carry out the regular responsibilities of general local government; and
  • Political Activities - the use of CDBG funds to finance facilities or equipment for political purposes or to engage in other partisan political activities, such as candidates’ forums, voter transportation, or voter registration is not eligible.

The following activities will generally Not be assisted with CDBG funds:

  • Purchase of Equipment - for example, construction, fixtures, motor vehicles, furnishings and other  personal property not an integral structural fixture is generally ineligible;
  • Operating and Maintenance Expenses – any expense associated with repairing, operating or maintaining public facilities, improvements and services in ineligible. Examples of ineligible operating and maintenance include:  the maintenance and repair of publically owned streets (filling of pot holes in streets, repairing of cracks in sidewalks, replacement of expended street light bulbs), parks (the mowing of recreational areas), water and sewer facilities, neighborhood facilities, senior centers, centers for persons with disabilities;
  • Payment of staff salaries, utility costs and similar expenses necessary for the operation of public works and facilities;
  • New Housing Construction – the construction of new permanent residential structures or for any program to subsidize or assist such new construction is ineligible except:
  • When carried out by an entity pursuant to §570.204(a)
  • Income payments – any series of subsistence - type grant payments, such as Housing allowances, food, clothing or utilities.

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the Henry County Board of Commissioners.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about Monday, June 22, 2020 Henry County will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of federal funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (Public Law 930383) as amended, to undertake the following projects:


  • Project Name: City of Hampton – West Main Street Improvements
    For the purpose of: Converting West Main Street into a one-way street with bike lanes and sidewalk to increase pedestrian safety.
    Estimated Cost: $500,000 (to be awarded in phases)
    Project Location: West Main Street, Hampton, GA 3022

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

Henry County has determined that the projects 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 in the CDBG Program Office located in the Henry County Administration Building at 140 Henry Parkway, McDonough, GA and may be examined or copied weekdays 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.


PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Henry County CDBG Program. Such written comments should be addressed to the Henry County CDBG Program at the above referenced address on or before Monday, June 15, 2020. Comments may also be submitted via electronic mail at CDBGProgram@co.henry.ga.us. All comments received by Monday, June 15, 2020 will be considered by Henry County CDBG Program prior to authorizing submission of a Request for Release of Funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.


ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

The Henry County Board of Commissioners certifies to HUD that Shannan Sagnot in her capacity as 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 of Hampton to use Program funds.


OBJECTIONS

HUD will accept objections to Henry County’s Request for Release of Funds and Environmental Certification for a period of fifteen days following the submission date specified above or the 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 Henry County; (b) Henry County has omitted a step or failed to make a determination or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58 or by CEQ regulations at 40 CFR 1500-1508, as applicable; (c) Henry County has omitted one or more steps in the preparation, completion or publication of the Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Study according to Subparts E, F or G of Part 58, as applicable; (d) the grant recipient or other participant in the development process has committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before release of funds and approval of the environmental certification; (e) another Federal agency 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) and shall be addressed to Environmental Objections, care of Jessica F. Vasquez, Georgia CPD Director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 40 Marietta Street, Atlanta GA 30303. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Shannan Sagnot, Community Development Director
Henry County Board of Commissioners