HUD Allocates Disaster Recovery Funds

Filed in Disaster Response, Multifamily by on February 16, 2018 0 Comments

dollarsThe Department of Housing and Urban Development has released its policies regarding how it will allocate $7.39 billion in Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery (CDBG–DR) funds provided by the 2017 Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief.

The policies apply specifically to CDBG-DR funds used for disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing and economic revitalization in the areas affected by disasters in 2017, including Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

They describe HUD’s grant award and allocation method including criteria for approval, applicable waivers and alternative requirements, relevant statutory provisions for the grants and eligible disaster recovery activities. They also require each grantee to primarily consider and address its unmet housing recovery needs.

Importantly, CDBG-DR supplements other federal programs to address unmet recovery needs.

HUD allocated $5 billion for Texas, $616 million for Florida, $1.5 billion for Puerto Rico and $243 million for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Also, like the policies that applied to CDBG-DR grants associated with other recent disasters, grantees must meet the following environmental requirements:

  • Minimum two-foot elevation for new construction, repair of substantial damage or substantial improvement of residential structures in the 100-year floodplain; and
  • Compliance with a recognized green building standard (such as the ICC-700 National Green Building Standard) for replacement and new construction of residential housing.

For more information, please see the HUD notice or contact Michelle Kitchen or Owen McDonough.

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