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NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

 


July 30, 2020

Akwesasne Housing Authority

378 State Route 37, Suite A

Hogansburg, NY 13655

(518) 358-9020

On or about August 17, 2020 the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe will authorize the Akwesasne Housing Authority (AHA) to submit a request to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) for the release of Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Competitive Grant Program under Title I of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996, as amended, (25 U.S.C. 4101 et seq.) (NAHASDA), to undertake a project known as the Sunrise Acres Addition and Enhancement Project for the purpose of constructing (20) tribal Senior independent-living residential units located at AHA’s Sunrise Acres Complex, 378 State Route 37, Hogansburg, in Franklin county, NY.

The activities proposed comprise a project for which a Finding of No Significant Impact on the environment was published on July 30, 2020. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at;

Akwesasne Housing Authority

Administration Building

378 State Route 37,Suite A,

Hogansburg, NY,

and may be examined or copied weekdays 8 A.M to 4 P.M, by appointment only due to COVID-19 restrictions. The ERR can also be obtained by email by submitting a request to ahainfo@aha-nsn.gov.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Tsiorasa Barriero, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) Executive Director at Tsiorasa.barreiro@srmt-nsn.gov All comments received by August 17, 2020 will be considered by the SRMT prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

The SRMT certifies to HUD that Tsiorasa Barreiro in his capacity as SRMT Executive 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 AHA to use Program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

HUD will accept objections to its release of fund and the SRMT’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 SRMT; (b) the SRMT 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;

Mark Butterfield, Administrator

U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

Office of Native American Programs

77 W. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago, Il.

Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Tsiorasa Barreiro, SRMT Executive Director

 

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