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Environmental Review

A HUD 24 CFR Part 58 Environmental Review must be completed by MFA if HUD programs, like HOME or Risk Share, are used to finance a housing project. MFA will conduct an environmental review to determine if the proposed project will adversely affect the environment. An environmental review must be completed before a project can begin. MFA’s determination of the proposed project’s impact will be made public in order to acquire comment, concerns, and/or object the use of federal funds for the proposed project.

It is crucial that developers contact MFA’s environmental review officer to initiate the environmental review process as the entire process is time sensitive. Contact should be made at the time applications are submitted for HOME, Risk Share, CDBG, National Housing Trust Fund, and Self Help Homeownership Opportunity Program. It is also important to note that a developer may not take any choice-limiting actions such as acquisition or any actions that might have an adverse environmental impact (i.e. site work) before the review process is complete and a written Authority to Use Grant Funds has been approved.

Developers are required to assist in compiling the appropriate documentation for MFA’s review. For projects with five or more units, a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment complying with ASTM E1527 standards must be provided. A NESHAP/AHERA asbestos and lead-based paint risk assessment must be included for rehabilitation project of pre-1978 buildings in addition to MFA’s Environmental Review Checklist.

Below you will find several forms, instructions, and related materials needed to assist in compiling documentation to complete an environmental review. All MFA environmental review forms and documents must be submitted to MFA electronically.

If you would like more guidance on 24 CFR Part 58 Environmental Reviews please go to the HUD Exchanged website at:

Related Links

MFA Environmental Review Checklist (Microsoft Excel file)

MFA Environmental Review Handbook (PDF)

Level of Determination:

Environmental Assessment Determination and Compliance Findings for HUD-Assisted Projects 24 CFR Section 58

Environmental Review for Activity/Project that is Categorically Excluded Subject to Section 58.5

Environmental Review for Activity/Project that is Exempt or Categorically Excluded Not Subject to Section 58.5

Partner Worksheet Known Supporting Documentation

Wild and Scenic Rivers Map

Sole Source Acquifers Map

Non-attainment areas in New Mexico

USDA Acres of Prime Farmland Map

USGS Coastal Barrier Map

New Mexico Airport List

More Information on HUD Environmental Reviews

Summary of Requirements under 24 CFR 58

HUD ER Process Summary Chart

Flowchart of ER Process PDF

Assessment Techniques for NEPA EA


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