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HUD RELEASES PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR CDBG-MITIGATION PROGRAM-Mitigation rules to support nine states and five local communities

September 3, 2019

HUD has published the program requirements for its new Community Development Block Grant–Mitigation (CDBG-Mitigation) Program. This notice allocates $6.87 billion in mitigation funds to nine states recovering from 2015, 2016, and 2017 natural disasters. These states include California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia. Texas was granted the top allocation of mitigation funding, receiving more than $4 billion to assist in its recovery from Hurricane Harvey in late 2017. The notice also lists the CDBG-Mitigation program’s requirements for grantees so that they may develop, submit for approval, and ultimately receive their allocated mitigation funds.  

 

Congress initially allocated $16.5 billion in mitigation funds for these disaster-impacted states in February of 2018, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). However, because of delays in the release of these funds, Congress has directed HUD to make these funds available within 90 days. Now, 18 months since they were approved by Congress, HUD is releasing these resources for U.S. states but is withholding funds for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to HUD, this is due to alleged “fiscal irregularities and financial mismanagement” in Puerto Rico and capacity issues in the USVI. 

 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today published the program requirements for the Department’s new Community Development Block Grant –Mitigation (CDBG-Mitigation) Program to nine states and five local communities. Grant Management Associates has completed a full analysis of this new RFP. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more.

 

CDBG-Mitigation funds represent a unique and significant opportunity for grantees to use this assistance in areas impacted by recent disasters to carry out long-term strategic and high-impact activities to mitigate disaster risks and reduce future losses. While it is impossible to eliminate all risks, these funds will enable grantees to mitigate against disaster risks, while at the same time allowing grantees the opportunity to transform State and local planning.

 

Through this notice, HUD seeks to:

  • Support data-informed investments in high-impact projects that will reduce risks attributable to natural disasters, with particular focus on repetitive loss of property and critical infrastructure;

  • Build the capacity of States and local governments to comprehensively analyze disaster risks and to update hazard mitigation plans through the use of data and meaningful community engagement;

  • Support the adoption of policies that reflect local and regional priorities that will have long-lasting effects on community risk reduction, to include the risk reduction to community lifelines such as Safety and Security, Communications, Food, Water, Sheltering, Transportation, Health and Medical, Hazardous Material (management) and Energy (Power & fuel), and future disaster costs; and

  • Maximize the impact of available funds by encouraging leverage, private-public partnerships, and coordination with other Federal programs.

HUD’s new program requirements will assist the following grantees to develop mitigation plans and ultimately receive the amount detailed in the table below:

 

DISASTER YEAR

GRANTEE

CDBG AWARDS FOR MITIGATION

 

 

2017

State of California

$88,219,000

 

State of Florida

$549,684,000

 

State of Georgia

$26,961,000

 

State of Missouri

$41,592,000

 

State of Texas

$4,074,456,000

 

 

2016

State of Louisiana

$1,213,917,000

 

State of North Carolina

$168,067,000

 

State of West Virginia

$106,494,000

 

State of Texas

$169,748,000

 

State of South Carolina

$67,564,000

 

State of Florida

$83,801,000

 

 

2015

Columbia, SC

$18,585,000

 

Houston, TX

$61,884,000

 

Lexington County SC

$15,185,000

 

Richland County, SC

$21,864,000

 

San Marcos, TX

$24,012,000

 

State of Texas

$52,985,000

 

State of South Carolina

$90,026,000

 

TOTAL

$6,847,044,000

 

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