Public Comments on Release of Funds for Mini Homes

Housing

NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE FUNDS

On or about 12/10/2021 the Nooksack Tribe proposes to request the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the release of federal funds under Indian Housing Block Cares Grant 20BV5310760 CARES funding as amended, and Indian Housing Block American Rescue Plan ACT Grant number: 21AH5310760, to be used for the following project.

Public Comments

Any interested agencies, groups or persons disagreeing with the decisions are invited to submit email comments to Post Office Box; Deming, WA 98244; mklushkan@nooksack-nsn.gov and to Tom.Carney@hud.gov.  This publication is in response to the COVID19 National Disaster and we are publishing under the Emergency Provision at 24 CFR 58.33 which allows tribes to publish the combined Finding of No Significant Impact and Notice of Intent to Request Release of (NOI-RROF) simultaneously with the submission of the RROF to HUD. The funds are needed on an emergency basis due to a declared disaster. All comments received by 12/25/2021 12:01 AM will be considered by the Nooksack Tribe, Malori Klushkan and HUD prior to the release of funds.  Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing. 

Environmental Certification

The Nooksack Tribe certifies to HUD that Ross Cline in his/her capacity as Chairman 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 Malori Klushkan, Housing Director to use Program funds.

Objection to Release of Funds

HUD will accept objections to its release of fund and the Nooksack Tribe certification for a period of fifteen days during the simultaneous comment period under the emergency provision of 24 CFR Part 58.33.  Objections may be submitted to HUD on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the Nooksack Tribe (b) the Nooksack Tribe 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 submitted to the HUD designated email address: Tom.Carney@hud.gov.  Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.