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The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides affordable public housing for approximately 970,000 low-income families and individuals across the United States. In 2023, HUD awarded 5.6 billion dollars in annual grants for affordable housing, community development, and homelessness assistance; which can be in the form of renovation of existing apartment units or entirely new unit construction. In order to receive HUD-assisted funding, an environmental review is required to ensure the property will not adversely impact the environment or the health of the tenants.

This review process, including the environmental requirements and the mechanics of how to submit project information, has changed significantly since August Mack last provided a dedicated webinar guide in 2015. During this presentation, we will outline the major changes with the implementation of the HEROS online management tool, provide a refresher of the current environmental requirements, and review new requirements associated with climate change and other modern considerations.