HTF Environmental Provisions

The Housing Trust Fund (HTF) regulations establish specific property standards for housing that receives HTF funds. These standards include Environmental Provisions for projects involving new construction and rehabilitation. The HTF Environmental Provisions for new construction and rehabilitation under the Property Standards at 24 CFR § 93.301(f)(1) and (2) are similar to HUD’s Environmental Regulations at 24 CFR Parts 50 and 58. HTF projects are subject to the same environmental concerns that HUD-assisted projects are subject to. The main difference is that the HTF Environmental Provisions are outcome based, and exclude consultation procedures that would be applicable if HTF project selection was a federal action. Parts 50 and 58 are process based, and include consultation procedures for several laws and authorities where there may be environmental impacts.

What’s the same as Part 50/58?

The following Environmental Provisions are the same as the Part 50/58 process:

  • Coastal Barrier Resources System
  • Coastal Zone Management
  • Explosives and Hazards
  • Endangered Species (informal consultation)
  • Wild and Scenic Rivers
  • Sole Source Aquifers

What’s different from Part 50/58?

The following Environmental Provisions are not the same as the Part 50/58 process:

  • Historic Preservation
  • Farmlands
  • Airport Zones
  • Floodplains
  • Wetlands
  • Contamination
  • Noise
  • Safe Drinking Water

When a project is only using HTF funds

  • No Level of Review (CEST/EA)
  • No Public Comment
  • No Request for Release of Funds and Certification
    • No Authority to Use Grant Funds

Contact

HUD Environmental Staff Contact Information

This page provides contact information for headquarters environmental staff, program environmental clearance officers, and regional and field environmental officers.

Resources

Requirements for HTF Environmental Provisions Webinar

1. HTF Only Recording

2. HTF Combined with Other HUD Funds Recording

3. Acquisition Recording

This webinar provides an overview of the requirements contained in CPD 16-14: Requirements for Housing Trust Fund Environmental Provisions. It is provided in three parts.

Date Published: September 2016

Notice CPD 16-14: Requirements for Housing Trust Fund Environmental Provisions

The purpose of this Notice is to describe the Environmental Provisions for new construction and rehabilitation that are required for HTF projects under the Property Standards at 24 CFR § 93.301(f)(1) and (2). These HTF Environmental Provisions are similar to the Environmental Review Requirements under 24 CFR Part 50 and Part 58. The Notice will provide HTF agencies with guidance on how to meet the HTF Environmental Provisions. The Notice will also explain how Environmental Reviews under 24 CFR Part 50 and Part 58 must meet the HTF Environmental Provisions when combining HTF with other HUD funding sources.

Date Published: August 2016