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Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds for Tiered Projects and Programs

Date of Publication: January 18, 2024

Iowa Finance Authority

1963 Bell Ave., Suite 200

Des Moines, Iowa 50315



On or after January 30, 2024, the Iowa Finance Authority will authorize the Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission to submit a request to the HUD Program Office for the release of HOME funds under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, as amended to undertake the following project:

Tier 1 Broad Review Project/Program Title: Northeast IA Homebuyer Program

Purpose:  To assist 5 first-time low-income homeowners with down payments and rehabilitation activities to secure safe, decent, and affordable housing.

Location:  Within the incorporated city limits in Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties in Iowa.

Project/Program Description: The program will provide downpayment and/or rehabilitation to five income-eligible first-time homebuyers.  Tier 2 site-specific reviews will be completed for those laws and authorities not addressed in Tier 1 broad review for each address under this program when addresses become known.

Level of Environmental Review Citation: The level of environmental review required for this program is 24 CFR Part 58.35(a)(3).

Tier 2 Site Specific Review: The site-specific reviews will cover the following laws and authorities not addressed in Tier 1 broad review:  Historic Preservation [National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, particularly sections 106 & 110; 36 CFR Part 800] and Noise Abatement and Control [Noise Control Act of 1972, as amended by the Quiet Communities Act of 1978; 24 CFR Part 51 Subpart B], Contamination and Toxic [24 CFR 58.5(1)(2)]; Explosive and Flammable Hazards 24 CFR Part 51 Subpart C and Floodplain [24 CFR 55.12(c)].

Mitigation Measures/Conditions/Permits (if any):  Historic Preservation:  Each home purchased with the HOME funds will go through Section 106 consultation with State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). The SHPO documentation packet will be uploaded into the SHPO’s ESHPO system.  Noise Abatement and Control: The Preliminary Screening will determine if there are noise generators in the vicinity of the project. If the project does have noise generators in the vicinity (1000 feet of a major road, 3,000 feet of a railroad and/or 15 miles within an airport. The project will have to be in compliance with HUD’s Noise regulation prior to HOME funds being used on the project.  Contamination and Toxic:  Each home purchased with HOME funds must document that project will not be located on or near a site that contains hazardous materials, contamination, toxic chemicals or gases, or radioactive substances, that could affect the health and safety of occupants or that conflict with the intended utilization of the property.  Floodplain:  Each home purchased must not be in a floodplain and will be documented by a FIRMette. Explosive and Flammable Hazards:  Each home purchased with HOME funds must document that the project will not be located on or near a site that would be located within HUD required distances from explosive and/or flammable hazards.

Estimated Project Cost:       estimated HUD funds $224,097 and total estimated project cost of $244,097.

The activity/activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements per 58.35(a)(3). An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at Iowa Finance Authority 1963 Bell Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa, 50315 may be examined or copied on weekdays from 9 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.  The ERR can also be found on HUD Exchange Environmental Review Records at http://www.hudexchange.info/programs/environmental-review-records/ .  This project will not allow homes to be located within a Special Flood Hazard Area or a 500-year floodplain or wetland.


Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Iowa Finance Authority. All comments received by January 30, 2024; will be considered by the Iowa Finance Authority prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.


The Iowa Finance Authority certifies to HUD that Deborah Durham, Certifying Officer, in her capacity as 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 Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission to use HUD program funds.


HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the Iowa Finance Authority 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 Iowa Finance Authority; (b) the Iowa Finance Authority 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 environmental mailbox at CPD_COVID-19OEE-OMA@hud.gov   Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Name and Title of RE Certifying Officer, Deborah Durham


Note: The seven-day public comment period is the minimum time period required by regulation prior to submission of a Request for Release of Funds and Certification (form HUD-7015.15 to HUD/State. The Responsible Entity may choose to allow a longer comment period. The fifteen-day objection period is a statutory requirement. The objection period follows the submission date specified in the Notice or the actual date of receipt by HUD/State, whichever is later.