HUD awarded more than $1.5 billion to Puerto Rico and $243 million to the U.S. Virgin Islands for long-term disaster recovery through the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program. These funds are from the first disaster aid supplemental passed as part of the September 8, 2017 continuing resolution. The act appropriated $7.4 billion in CDBG-DR to help areas affected by major disasters in calendar year 2017. Texas, Florida, and now Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are still waiting for HUD to publish a Federal Register notice providing guidance regarding use of these funds. CDBG-DR grants can fund housing redevelopment, economic revitalization, and infrastructure repair. Once HUD issues the guidance, Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands must draft for public review and comment their action plans detailing how a majority of their funds (typically 80%) will be awarded for specific activities to address recovery needs in their “most impacted and distressed” areas.
Representatives Al Green (D-TX) and Ann Wagner (R-MO) introduced the “Reforming Disaster Recovery Act of 2019” (H.R. 3702) on July 11. The bi-partisan legislation will formally authorize HUD’s…July 15, 2019
Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition member Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico submitted a complaint to HUD’s Office of the Inspector General detailing numerous problems with the Puerto Rico Department of…July 15, 2019
The following is a review of additional disaster housing recovery developments since the last edition of Memo to Members and Partners (for the article in the previous Memo, see 7/1). Federal Action…July 15, 2019