Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds for the Town of Cicero’s Emergency Assistance Program (EAP)
On or about August 29, 2022, the Town of Cicero Department of Housing will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Community Development Block Grant Program Funds (CDBG), for the following multi-year program/project: Emergency Assistance Program, for the purpose of providing access to emergency housing rehabilitation services for low to moderate income owner-occupied single family dwellings (up to two unit) in the Town of Cicero to correct life-safety housing deficiencies including: broken furnace in winter, broken air conditioner compressor in summer, collapsed sewers, burst water lines, unsafe roof structures, electrical hazards, and carpentry and plastering/painting as a part of the system being replaced. The Town of Cicero is requesting the release of $150,000.00 for the grant period of PY2022-PY2024 ending on 9/30/2025. The proposed hazard control activities to be funded under this program are categorically excluded from the National Environmental Policy Act requirements, but subject to compliance with some of the environmental laws and authorities listed at §58.5 of 24 CFR Part 58. In accordance with §58.15, a tiered review process has been structured, whereby some environmental laws and authorities have been reviewed and studied for the intended target area(s) listed above. Other applicable environmental laws and authorities will be complied with, when individual sites are identified. Specifically, the target area has been studied and compliance with the following laws and authorities have been established in the Tier 1 Review: Airport Hazards, Coastal Barrier Resources Act, Flood Insurance, Air Quality, Coastal Zone Management Act, Endangered Species Act, Explosive and Flammable Hazards, Farmlands Protection, Floodplain Management, Historic Preservation, Sole Source Aquifers, Wetlands Protection, Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and Environmental Justice. In the Site Specific Review, compliance with the following environmental laws and authorities will take place for proposed projects funded under the program listed above: Contamination and Toxic Substances and Noise Abatement and Control. Should individual aggregate projects exceed the threshold for categorical exclusion detailed at §58.35(a), an Environmental Assessment will be completed and a separate Finding of No Significant Impact and Request for Release of Funds published. Copies of the compliance documentation worksheets are available at the address below. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project, and more fully describes the tiered review process cited above, is on file at The Town of Cicero Department of Housing 1634 S. Laramie Avenue, Cicero, IL 60804 and may be examined or copied Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The ERR is also available on the Town’s website at www.thetownofcicero.com
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Martha Garcia, Assistant Housing Program Director of the Town of Cicero Department of Housing, firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments received by August 28, 2022, will be considered by the Town of Cicero Department of Housing prior to authorizing submission of a Request for Release of Funds and Environmental Certification to HUD.