HUD NEPA Compliance
Every year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) may allocate funds to the City of Detroit or other organizations or agencies which operate within the City of Detroit. Examples of HUD funding programs administered by the City may include, but are not limited to, the following: the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, the CDBG-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program, the CDBG-Declared Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DDR) Program, the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP), the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program, the HOME Investments Partnerships (HOME) Program, the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant (LHRDG) Program, the Special Purpose Grants Program, the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) Program, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP1 & NSP3), and the Public and Indian Housing Program. These funding programs support a broad range of housing and community development activities and projects. Examples of these projects include single-family and multi-family rehabilitation, property acquisition, property relocation, handicapped accessibility improvements, demolition, new construction, lead hazard reduction, and redevelopment projects.
These activities or projects may affect historically- or culturally-significant buildings, properties or sites. The City of Detroit is responsible for ensuring that the activities or projects supported by these funds comply with all applicable historic preservation laws and regulations, one of them being Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA). The City ensures compliance through coordination and consultation with the appropriate regulatory authority. For HUD-funded activities or projects within the City of Detroit, this authority is the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). However, the SHPO has delegated certain aspects of its authority to the City of Detroit through the use of a Programmatic Agreement (PA). The PA is the legal document that allows the City of Detroit to expedite the review of its HUD-funded activities or projects. This review process is facilitated and managed by the Preservation Specialist who is housed in the Environmental Review Section of HRD.