Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

May 17, 2021

Summerville, SC
200 S Main Street
Summerville, SC 29483
843-871-6000

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the Town of Summerville.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about June 3, 2021 the Town of Summerville will submit a request to the HUD for the release of CDBG funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as North Hickory Sidewalk Project for the purpose of installation of needed sidewalk infrastructure in a residential area. This project will connect West 5th North Street to existing sidewalks at Doty Park and route pedestrian traffic to the public facilities on Hickory Street. The scope of the planned project will also include any necessary engineering design costs and erosion control measures.

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

The Town of Summerville 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 Town of Summerville, 200 S. Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483 or by emailing pharbert@summervillesc.gov, or call 843-851-4234 between 9:00am and 4:00pm

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Town of Summerville, 200 S. Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483 or by emailing pharbert@summervillesc.gov. All comments received by June 1, 2021 will be considered by the Town of Summerville prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.  Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

The Town of Summerville certifies to HUD that Ricky Waring in his capacity as Mayor 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 Town of Summerville to use Program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

HUD will accept objections to its release of fund and the Town of Summerville’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 Town of Summerville; (b) the Town of Summerville 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 Columbia HUD Office at CPD_COVID-19OEE-CSC@hud.gov. Potential objectors should contact HUD via email to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Ricky Waring, Mayor

The Town of Summerville’s Grants Office administers the Town’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The CDBG Entitlement Program provides annual grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low-and-moderate-income persons.

2021 CDBG Annual Action Plan: Public Notice April 6, 2021 - Notice is hereby given that the Town of Summerville plans to submit its 2021 Annual Action Plan for its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on or about May 15, 2021. An Action Plan is developed and submitted annually to meet HUD’s statutory requirements to receive CDBG funding and provides a concise summary of the activities the Town intends to carry out with its annual CDBG allocation.  The Town of Summerville anticipates receiving approximately $316,505.00 in CDBG funds from HUD for the 2021 program year (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022).

A draft of the Town’s 2021 Annual Action Plan will be available for public review on the Town’s website, www.summervillesc.gov. The 30-day public comment will begin on April 7, 2021 and conclude on May 8, 2021.  Written comments on the 2021 AAP may be addressed to the following: CDBG Public Comment, Town of Summerville, 200 S. Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483, or emailed to cdbg@summervillesc.gov..

Substantial Amendment:  2020-2024 CDBG Consolidated Plan: Public Notice April 7, 2021 - The Town of Summerville has prepared a Substantial Amendment for its 2020-2024 CDBG Consolidated Action Plan which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).   A Substantial Amendment is required when projects are added or removed from an approved Plan or if more than 10% of awarded allocations are moved between eligible activities.  

A public hearing to obtain input on the Substantial Amendment to the Town’s 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan will be held on May 12, 2021 at 4:00 PM at Summerville Town Hall, 200 South Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483.  All interested parties are encouraged to attend to offer comments on the Substantial Amendment.

Below is a summary of the amended project activities being proposed for the 2020-2024 Consolidated Action Plan:

Proposed Activity

Proposed Amendment

Add: This Consolidated Plan has been amended to include a priority need for the Removal of Slum & Bright and a goal for Demolition

$29,550.00

Total Substantial Amendment Allocation

$29,550.00

 

A 30-day comment period on the Substantial Amendment will commence on April 7, 2021 and conclude on May 8, 2021.  Written comments on the Substantial Amendment should be addressed to P.J. Harbert, Grants Writer, at the address listed above.  During the comment period, a copy of the Substantial Amendment will be available for public review Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at Summerville Town Hall, Grant Writers Office.   The Substantial Amendment will also be available on the Town’s website at www.summervillesc.gov under the CDBG menu tab.  For more information or to request a copy of the Substantial Amendment, please contact P.J. Harbert at (843) 851-4234 or pharbert@summervillesc.gov.  

The Substantial Amendment will be submitted to HUD once the 30-day comment period has expired and authorized Town officials have granted approval.  

Substantial Amendment:  2020-2024 CDBG Consolidated Plan: Public Notice April 9, 2021 - The Town of Summerville has prepared a Substantial Amendment for its 2020-2024 CDBG Consolidated Action Plan which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).   A Substantial Amendment is required when projects are added or removed from an approved Plan or if more than 10% of awarded allocations are moved between eligible activities.  

A public hearing to obtain input on the Substantial Amendment to the Town’s 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan will be held on May 12, 2021 at 4:00 PM at Summerville Town Hall, 200 South Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483.  All interested parties are encouraged to attend to offer comments on the Substantial Amendment.

Below is a summary of the amended project activities being proposed for the 2020-2024 Consolidated Action Plan:

Proposed Activity

Proposed Amendment

Add: This Consolidated Plan has been amended to include a priority need for Rental and Utility Assistance by reallocating CDBG-CV Administration funds to Public Services funds.

$89,667.00

Administration

$0.00

Public Services

$448,337.00


A 30-day comment period on the Substantial Amendment will commence on April 12, 2021 and conclude on May 12, 2021.  Written comments on the Substantial Amendment should be addressed to P.J. Harbert, Grants Writer, at the address listed above.  During the comment period, a copy of the Substantial Amendment will be available for public review Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at Summerville Town Hall, Grant Writers Office.  The Substantial Amendment will also be available on the Town’s website at www.summervillesc.gov under the CDBG menu tab.  For more information or to request a copy of the Substantial Amendment, please contact P.J. Harbert at (843) 851-4234 or pharbert@summervillesc.gov.  

The Substantial Amendment will be submitted to HUD once the 30-day comment period has expired and authorized Town officials have granted approval.  

The Town of Summerville does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status or disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its federally assisted programs or activities.  Assistance will be provided to accommodate the special needs of disabled persons and persons with limited English language proficiency.  Please contact P.J. Harbert, Grants Writer, at the address and telephone number listed above at least 72 hours prior to the hearing if auxiliary aids are required.

Consolidated Plan

Every five years, the Town prepares a Consolidated Plan. The Consolidated Plan is designed to help the grantee assess affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, and to make data-driven, place-based investment decisions. The consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align with the funding priorities of the CDBG program.

The Consolidated Plan is carried out through Annual Action Plans, which provide a concise summary of the actions, activities, and the specific federal and non-federal resources that will be used each year to address the priority needs and specific goals identified by the Consolidated Plan. Grantees report on accomplishments and progress toward Consolidated Plan goals in the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).

Reports

Fair Housing

As a recipient of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant funds, the Town of Summerville certifies that it will affirmatively further fair housing by taking meaningful actions to combat discrimination, overcome patterns of segregation, foster inclusive communities free from barriers that restrict access to opportunity based on protected characteristics, and maintain compliance with civil rights and fair housing laws. The following links provide more information on HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule and the Town’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing:

If you would like to seek fair housing counseling or file a complaint, please contact the following agencies:

Additional Resources

The Community Resource Directory (PDF) provides a list of service providers in the Summerville and tri-county area that provide assistance with food, clothing, housing, healthcare, workforce development, etc. For more information, call the SC211 hotline by dialing 2 11.