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.
Congress needs to hear from you! Please contact your senators and representatives and urge them to immediately pass a robust disaster aid package that includes funding for all impacted areas. Despite…April 22, 2019
The following is a review of disaster housing recovery developments since the last edition of Memo to Members and Partners (for the article in the previous Memo, see 4/15). General Resources and…April 22, 2019
Senators and representatives are back in their home states for April recess and they need to hear from you! Please contact your senators and representatives and urge them to immediately pass a robust…April 15, 2019