Office of Housing Environmental Review Resources

Welcome to HUD’s Office of Housing environmental review resources page. This page contains links to the Office of Housing’s environmental review guidance and resources.

An environmental review is the process of reviewing a project and its potential environmental impacts to determine whether it meets federal, state, and local environmental standards. The environmental review process is required for all HUD-assisted and insured Office of Housing projects to ensure that the proposed project does not negatively impact the surrounding environment, and that the property site itself will not have an adverse environmental or health effect on residents.

HUD’s Office of Environment and Energy (OEE) manages the overall environmental review process for HUD. You will find an overview of HUD environmental requirements on the Environmental Review page.

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COVID-19 Guidance

Extension of Interim Procedures to Address Site-Access Issues Related to Section 232 Mortgage Insurance Applications During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF) published Mortgagee Letter 2021-10 on March 30, 2021, extending temporary revisions to underwriting standard processes for third-party and lender site inspections as a result of the COVID-19 National Emergency previously detailed in ML 2020-15.

Date Published: March 30, 2021

COVID-19 Questions and Answers for Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders

This document provides questions and answers for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Multifamily and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) stakeholders on topics including Phase I reports, radon, asbestos and LBP tests, Section 106 consultation, and HUD staff site visits.

Date Published: May 21, 2020

Featured Topics

HEROS Guidance for ORCF Partners

This document provides instructions to consultants and lenders assisting with environmental reviews for the Office of Residential Care Facilities, Section 232 FHA-insured projects.

Date Published: April 2020

HEROS Guidance for Multifamily FHA Partners

Date Published: November 2019

HEROS Guidance for RAD Partners

Date Published: April 2018

Guidance for Categorizing an Activity as Maintenance for Compliance with HUD Environmental Regulations, 24 CFR Parts 50 and 58

This Notice clarifies the difference between maintenance and repair for compliance with HUD's environmental regulations, 24 CFR Parts 50 and 58. It applies to all HUD program offices – CPD, Housing, and PIH. The Notice supersedes and replaces the March 28, 2006 CPD policy memorandum on the subject.

Date Published: February 2016

HUD Balcony Policy

This Notice reconciles the approach to balconies within the Department's regulatory constraints in 24 CFR Part 51 Subpart B, Noise and Abatement and Control, and clarifies compliance.

Date Published: December 2016

Section 202 and Section 811 NOFA Environmental Information

Comprehensive Guide: Using HEROS as a Section 202/811 Applicant

View detailed instructions for applicants and third-party providers assisting HUD with Part 50 environmental reviews for Section 202 and Section 811.

Quick Start Reference: Using HEROS as a Section 202 or Section 811 Applicant - Application Review Stage

Submission of Environmental Reports for the Section 202 or Section 811 Program

Environmental reviews for Section 202 or 811 applications are performed in two stages:

  1. 1During the application review stage, HUD performs only a preliminary environmental screen to identify any major adverse environmental conditions. At this stage, applicants must submit certain environmental documents, but these documents may be submitted either through the HUD Environmental Review Online System (HEROS) or by preparing the Partner Worksheets.
  2. 2If HUD selects a project for funding, the second stage requires the applicant to enter all environmental documents into HEROS.

Additional information can be found in the 2019 Section 202 NOFA and the 2019 Section 811 NOFA.

HEROS Section 202 and Section 811 NOFA Applications

Getting Started in HEROS

To register for HEROS, complete the HEROS Access Form:

  • When asked who is legally responsible for completing the environmental review for your organization, select HUD
  • Enter Kara Williams-Kief as your HUD contact for the 202 NOFA and Katina Washington as your contact for the 811 NOFA.

Please allow at least two weeks for registration to be processed.


Logging in to HEROS

Visit the HEROS Login page to sign into HEROS. If prompted:

  • Select the name of your organization as the Partner
  • Select HUD next to Responsible Entity or HUD

HEROS Resources

HEROS Page: HEROS instructional videos and FAQs

Email 202CapitalAdvanceNOFA@hud.gov or 811CapitalAdvanceNOFA@hud.gov (811 Capital Advance NOFA) for HEROS technical questions.

Partner Worksheets for Section 202 or Section 811 NOFA

Using the Partner Worksheets

Applicants who choose not to use HEROS at the application review stage must submit the following partner worksheets, including associated maps and documentation, at the time of application. If the application is selected for funding, HUD will require the applicant to input this information into HEROS.

Airport Hazards

Coastal Barrier Resources Act

Endangered Species Act

Explosives

Flood Insurance

Floodplain Management

Historic Preservation

Noise (CEST) (for existing projects) OR Noise (EA) (for new construction)

Sole Source Aquifers

Contamination and Toxic Substances (Multifamily)

Wetlands

Housing Requirements

Housing Environmental Guidance

MAP Guide

Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) is designed to establish national standards for approved lenders to prepare, process and submit loan applications for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) multifamily mortgage insurance. This MAP Guide provides guidance for HUD staff, lenders, third party consultants, borrowers, and other industry partners. Topics include mortgage insurance program descriptions, borrower and lender eligibility requirements, application requirements, underwriting standards for all technical disciplines and construction loan administration requirements. The MAP Guide only applies to FHA multifamily mortgage insurance programs. Except to the extent lender monitoring or enforcement activities overlap, Section 232 and other programs administered by the Office of Healthcare Programs are not addressed by the MAP Guide. Chapter Nine of the Guide is dedicated to environmental review and requirements.

2016 and older Map Guide versions

Date Published: December 2020

Healthcare Mortgage Insurance Program Handbook

This Handbook is intended as a comprehensive guide to the Section 232 Program, and supersedes prior handbook or other guidance specifically on the Section 232 Program, consistent with statutory and regulatory requirements. Handbook chapters may include appendices which list the most recently published transactional documents, but the Handbook also covers transactions for which earlier versions of the documents were used and are in force. There may also be instances where existing guidance (particularly related to Borrower audited financial statement matters), references “Multifamily Housing”, because the guidance was issued at a time when the Section 232 Program was a part of the Office of Multifamily Housing, and thus is still applicable to Section 232 Projects. If a particular Section 232 program matter is not addressed in this Handbook, and appears in other guidance, questions regarding applicability may be raised with the Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF). Chapter Seven of the Handbook is dedicated to environmental review.

Date Published: January 2017

232 LEAN Environmental Review Webpage

The ORCF Environmental Resource page provides useful website links related to the environmental review process.

RAD Environmental Review Guidance

This document outlines how to perform environmental reviews for Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) transactions. This guidance is intended for RAD Awardees, Responsible Entities, and HUD staff involved in the environmental review process, and describes the steps that all parties will take to complete environmental reviews for RAD transactions. Environmental review procedures for RAD transactions will vary depending on whether the transaction is using Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insurance and whether the transaction is converting to Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) or Project-Based Vouchers (PBV).

Date Published: January 2020

Site-Specific Environmental Review Form for Part 50 RAD Conversions

This site-specific form is part of a larger programmatic environmental review for RAD conversions without physical activities beyond routine maintenance. This form should be used only to initiate site-specific environmental reviews for RAD transactions without FHA insurance that do not anticipate any reasonably foreseeable repairs or other physical activities beyond maintenance where HUD is conducting the environmental review following the procedures established in 24 CFR Part 50.  It is available for use on RAD conversions from any prior form of assistance, including for Public Housing, Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation, Moderate Rehabilitation McKinney Vento Single Room Occupancy, Rent Supplement, Rental Assistance Payment, and Section 202 Project Rental Assistance Contracts.

Date Published: February 2019

Notice H-2015-03, Transferring Budget Authority of a Project-Based Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments Contract under Section 8(bb)(1) of the United States Housing Act of 1937

This notice sets forth the Department’s policies and procedures for transferring all or a portion of any remaining budget authority of a project-based Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) Contract to one or more contracts under Section 8(bb)(1) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (The Act) where the existing HAP contract is terminated by mutual agreement. This document includes environmental review guidance for these transfers.

Date Published: April 2015

Section 8 Renewal Policy Guidebook

Guidance for the Renewal of Project-Based Section 8 HAP contracts, including environmental review guidance.

Date Published: July 2017

Section 811 PRA Program Cooperative Agreement

The Section 811 PRA Program Cooperative Agreement outlines grantees requirements for this new program first implemented as a demonstration program in FY 2012. Environmental review requirements are under Exhibit 5 Program Guidelines, Section 215.

Housing Finance Agency Risk-Sharing Pilot Program Handbook (4590.1)

Section 542(c) provides credit enhancement for mortgages of multifamily housing projects whose loans are underwritten, processed, serviced, and disposed of by HFAs. HUD and HFAs share in the risk of the mortgage. This is the Office of Housing’s only FHA program under 24 CFR Part 58. Chapters 3 and 4 contain environmental review requirements.

Section 214 Transfers: Notice of Requirements for HUD Approval of Requests for Transfers of Multifamily Housing Project-Based Rental Assistance, HUD Held or Insured Debt, and Income Based Use Restrictions

This notice establishes the terms and conditions by which HUD will approve a request for the transfer of project-based rental assistance, debt held or insured by the Secretary, and statutorily required income-based use restrictions from one multifamily housing project to another (or between several such projects).

HEROS

HEROS Home Page

This page includes information on HEROS availability and HEROS training resources.

HEROS Login Page

HUD's OEE has developed an online system for developing, documenting, and managing environmental reviews. It covers all levels of environmental reviews for both Part 50 and Part 58 projects and includes on-screen guidance for completing HUD environmental reviews.

HEROS Access

Environmental review preparers for the Office of Housing may request HEROS access using the appropriate links below.

  • Housing Staff can request HEROS access through a DIAMS request submitted by their direct supervisor.

    Instructions for DIAMS Request:
     
    • Supervisor initiates DIAMS request on behalf of applicant by going to http://diams.hud.gov
    • From the DIAMS home page select the Application Access icon
    • Click the User Search icon and search for the End User on whose behalf you are submitting the request
    • Click the Applications tab
    • Select HEROS (C04-H)
    • Select Access Type = Read
    • In the Model Profile field, enter the HUD ID (HID) of the applicant
    • In the Special Instructions field enter the Program Office, City, State, Phone Number, and list of states to which the user needs access
    • NOTE: Please retain the request ID number for tracking purposes

  • RAD or Multifamily Partners (lenders or consultants) for Part 50 reviews can use the HEROS Access Form to request access.

  • HEROS Access Guidance for Multifamily Lenders

HEROS FAQs

HEROS FAQs are updated quarterly with HEROS questions that come in during live webinars and through the Ask a Question Portal.

Environmental Review Training Webinars

These webinars, held by OEE, provide comprehensive information for grantees and staff on the various components of the environmental review process. All major topics are discussed by subject matter experts. All previously-held webinars are recorded and available for viewing.

HEROS Guidance for ORCF Partners

This document provides instructions to consultants and lenders assisting with environmental reviews for the Office of Residential Care Facilities, Section 232 FHA-insured projects.

Date Published: April 2020

HEROS Guidance for Multifamily FHA Partners

Date Published: October 2021

HEROS Guidance for RAD Partners

Date Published: April 2018

Training

Multifamily and Residential Care FHA Partner Webinars

HUD’s Office of Housing and OEE partnered to provide specific environmental training for Multifamily and Residential Care FHA Partners in FY 2020. OEE also provided training on the new Propane Tank updates to HUD’s Acceptable Separation Distance regulation. The links below will take you to the recorded trainings and related material.

HEROS Training for Multifamily and Healthcare FHA Partners Webinar

This webinar is intended to assist HUD FHA partners in registering and submitting environmental reviews in the HUD Environmental Review Online System (HEROS) in support of applications for HUD and FHA programs. This webinar is for consultants or lenders who prepare or view environmental reviews for Multifamily and Healthcare FHA programs.

Date Published: September 2020

24 CFR 51B Noise Abatement for Multifamily and Residential Care FHA Programs Webinar

This webinar is intended to assist HUD FHA partners who prepare noise assessments pursuant to HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 51 Subpart B for environmental review records under 24 CFR Part 50, in support of applications for HUD and FHA programs. This webinar is for consultants or lenders who prepare or view environmental reviews for FHA programs.

Date Published: August 2020

Section 106 Historic Preservation for Multifamily and Office of Residential Care FHA Programs Webinar

This webinar is intended to assist HUD FHA partners with Section 106 Historic Preservation submissions, in support of applications for HUD and FHA programs. This webinar is for consultants or lenders who prepare or view environmental reviews for FHA programs.

Date Published: July 2020

24 CFR Part 55 Floodplain Management for Multifamily and Residential Care FHA Programs Webinar

This webinar educated FHA partners on HUD’s Floodplain Management and Wetlands Protection regulations at 24 CFR Part 55 implementing Executive Orders 11988 and 11990. This webinar is for consultants or lenders who prepare or view environmental reviews for FHA programs.

Date Published: May 2020

OEE Updates to HUD's ASD Requirements for Propane Tanks Webinar

This webinar increased HUD partner awareness of recent changes to HUD’s regulation at 24 CFR Part 51 Subpart C, excluding above-ground storage tanks of 1,000 gallons or less containing liquified petroleum gas or propane from the ASD requirements of that subpart.

Date Published: February 2020

Additional Webinars and Trainings

Three-part Environmental Training for Multifamily FHA

This training provides an introduction to FHA Environmental Training and discusses site contamination. It also discusses the role of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, HUD’s general environmental regulations, and environmental review resources.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Date Published: July 2016

External HEROS Partner Training for RAD

HEROS is currently open to Transaction Managers (TMs) to complete RAD reviews. This training provides assistance for HUD partners using HEROS.

Date Published: February 2018

External HEROS Partner Training for FHA

FHA partners are now able to access Part 50 Environmental Reviews in HEROS. This webinar helps third-party consultants learn how to navigate through the HEROS system.

Date Published: May 2018

Multifamily Housing Radon Webinar

This webinar provides an overview of policies that incorporate radon testing and mitigation into HUD programs.

Date Published: June 2016

Web-Based Instructional System for Environmental Review (WISER)

WISER teaches grantees how to understand and address all aspects of the environmental review process required for all HUD-assisted projects. This set of self-paced online learning modules can be completed in any order. Each module includes its own learning assessment and opportunity for obtaining a certificate of completion.

Topics include:

  • Understanding the overall requirements for assessing the environmental impacts of any HUD-assisted project.
  • Understanding how to conduct particular components of an environmental review process, including concerns related to: endangered species; environmental justice; airport hazards; noise abatement and control; water elements; explosive and flammable materials; farmland; wild and scenic rivers; air quality; historical preservation; site contamination; and environmental assessment factors.

FAQ

Q: Can HUD provide examples of how to correctly aggregate Multifamily Federal Housing Administration (FHA) project activities to determine the scope of the environmental review?

A: View the Project Aggregation document.

Q: What types of environmental mitigation actions can be conditioned in the HUD Environmental Review Online System (HEROS) and at Firm Commitment?

A: View the Environmental Conditions at Firm document.

Q: What are the requirements for Underground Storage Tank (UST) Integrity Tests?

A: View the UST Tank Integrity Tests document.

Q: Where can I find the Section 106 Programmatic Agreements that apply to FHA multifamily and healthcare projects?

A: View the Part 50 Programmatic Agreements for Section 106 Historic Preservation document.

Q: HUD’s Noise regulations require an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for new construction, conversion, or substantial rehabilitation projects at the Environmental Assessment (EA) level of review that have noise over 75 db (DNL). What are the options for processing an environmental review for this type of project and what information am I required to provide to HUD?

A: View the EIS Waiver for Noise over 75 Process document.

Q: Can HUD provide more detailed guidance about the pipeline, fall distance, and Acceptable Separation Distance requirements in the MAP Guide?

A: View the Acceptable Separation Distance Fall Hazards and Pipelines Fact Sheet.

Helpful Links

Environmental Review News and Announcements

News and Announcements about the environmental review process.

Related Federal Environmental Laws and Authorities

Federal Laws and Authorities related to the environmental review process.

Environmental Review FAQs

FAQs related to the environmental review process.

Environmental Review Resource Library

Resources, training materials, and reports related to the environmental review process.

Office of Housing

Webpage for HUD's Office of Housing, which plays a vital role for the nation's homebuyers, homeowners, renters, and communities through its nationally administered programs.

HUD Exchange Environmental Review website

Webpage for the Office of Environment and Energy, which manages the environmental review process for HUD.

Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control

Webpage for the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes program, which provides funds to state and local governments to develop cost-effective ways to reduce lead-based paint hazards. In addition, the office enforces HUD's lead-based paint regulations, provides public outreach and technical assistance, and conducts technical studies to help protect children and their families from health and safety hazards in the home.

Contacts

Housing Program Environmental Clearance Officer

Sara Jensen
206-220-5226
Sara.Jensen@hud.gov

Housing Program Environmental Specialists

Name

Housing Program

Regional Coverage

Email

Phone

Sara Jensen

PECO

National

Sara.Jensen@hud.gov

206-220-5226

Terry Bessette

ORCF (Healthcare)

National

Terry.L.Bessette@hud.gov

401-277-8312

Lillian Mano

ORCF

National

Lillian.M.Mano@hud.gov

202-402-6413

Rasheedah Dix

ORCF

National

Rasheedah.C.Dix@hud.gov

313-234-7389

Miki Webb

ORCF Asset Management

National

Miki.Webb@hud.gov

312-913-8083

Stephan Thomatos

Hospital Program

National

Stephan.Thomatos@hud.gov

212-542-7854

Greg Byrne

RAD

National

Gregory.A.Byrne@hud.gov

202-402-6436

Rick Shaw

MF

MF NE Region (HUD Regions 1-3)

Frederick.F.Shaw@hud.gov

212-542-7930

Mark Marino

MF

MF SE Region (HUD Region 4)

Mark.J.Marino@hud.gov

904-208-6042

Larry Hall

MF

MF SW Region (HUD Regions 6 and 7)

Larry.D.Hall@hud.gov

913-551-5519

Shatorya Modkins

MF

MF SW Region (HUD Regions 6 and 7)

Shatorya.A.Modkins@hud.gov

817-978-5712

Bret Morgan

MF

MF West Region (HUD Regions 8, 9 and 10)

Brett.Morgan@hud.gov

312-913-8129

John Schneider

MF

MF Midwest Region (HUD Region 5)

John.Schneider@hud.gov

312-913-8129

Eric Golicz

MF

MF Midwest Region (HUD Region 5)

Eric.J.Golicz@hud.gov

313-234-7496

Regional and Field Environmental Officers

HUD has expert staff in locations around the country to assist persons involved in the environmental review of HUD-funded projects.