The Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) partnered with the Malden Housing Authority (MHA) on a panel discussion “Federal Capital Fund Program and Environmental Review Process” at this week’s annual meeting of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).
Upward of 100 persons attended the panel discussion led by MHA Executive Director Stephen Finn, MRA Community Development Block Grant Director Nick Pernice, MRA HOME Director James Barnes along with HUD’s Michael Coughlin. The moderator for the panel was Marilyn O’Sullivan, Director, HUD’s Office of Public Housing. Panelists provided an overview of the development, implementation and monitoring of Federal Capital Fund Program from the perspective of the public housing authority, the “Responsible Entity” and HUD. The MRA has a memorandum of agreement with the MHA to serve as the “responsible entity” for environmental reviews for its capital projects. 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 projects to ensure that the proposed project does not negatively impact the surrounding environment and the property site itself will not have an adverse environmental or health effect on end users.