CDBG-DR Funding Cycle

Working with your congressional representatives to get the largest federal disaster payout is key.

HUD CDBG-DR Funding Flow

As soon as possible collect the total number of businesses, workers, homes, commercial properties and provide an estimated average for damages.
Many times simply using tax records for property ownership you can create a starting list even before other agencies and not for profits collect the information in the field.
Using historical figures for calculating enitional damages you can use $37,000 per household and $42,000 per business to get your first allocations grant numbers from congress.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Disaster Operations

Yes. The Disaster Management Group (DMG) at HUD HQ is chaired by the Deputy Secretary and is responsible for inter-office coordination across disaster preparedness, response and recovery activities. The DMG is a standing working group composed of leadership from across HUD offices that may be convened as needed in advance of or in response to a disaster. In the field, Office of Field Policy and Management (FPM) Regional Administrators, Deputy Regional Administrators, and Field Office Directors coordinate inter-agency preparedness, response and recovery operations for their region and field office under the umbrella of the DMG in accordance with the HUD Operating Protocols.

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Question 7. HUD Disaster Operations: Frequently Asked Questions

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Disaster Operations

HUD provides flexible grants to help cities, counties, and States recover from Presidentially declared disasters, especially in low-income areas, subject to availability of supplemental appropriations.
In response to presidentially declared disasters, Congress may appropriate additional funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program as Disaster Recovery grants to rebuild the affected areas and provide crucial seed money to start the recovery process. Since CDBG Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) assistance may fund a broad range of recovery activities, HUD can help communities and neighborhoods that otherwise might not recover due to limited resources. Disaster Recovery grants often supplement disaster programs of FEMA, the Small Business Administration, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In addition, HOME Disaster Recovery grants can provide an important resource for providing affordable housing to disaster victims.
CDBG-DR funds are made available to states, units of general local governments, Indian tribes, and insular areas designated by the President of the United States as disaster areas. These communities must have significant unmet recovery needs and the capacity to carry out a disaster recovery program (usually these are governments that already receive HOME or CDBG allocations). At times, supplemental appropriations restrict funding solely to states rather than the local cities and/or counties.

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Question 21. HUD Disaster Operations: Frequently Asked Questions

What are CDBG-DR funds typically used to address and how are these funds different from regular CDBG appropriations?

Grantees may use CDBG-DR funds for recovery efforts involving housing, economic development, infrastructure and prevention of further damage to affected areas. Use of CDBG-DR funding cannot duplicate funding available from FEMA, the Small Business Administration, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. A duplication occurs when a beneficiary receives assistance from multiple sources for a cumulative amount that exceeds the total need for a particular recovery purpose.
Examples of these activities include:

  • Buying damaged properties in a flood plain and relocating residents to safer areas;
  • Relocation payments for people and businesses displaced by the disaster;
  • Debris removal not covered by FEMA;
  • Rehabilitation of homes and buildings damaged by the disaster;
  • Buying, constructing, or rehabilitating public facilities such as streets, neighborhood centers, and water, sewer and drainage systems;
  • Code enforcement;
  • Homeownership activities such as down payment assistance, interest rate subsidies and loan guarantees for disaster victims;
  • Public services;
  • Helping businesses retain or create jobs in disaster impacted areas; and
  • Planning and administration costs (limited to no more than 20 percent of the grant).

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Question 22. HUD Disaster Operations: Frequently Asked Questions