President Donald Trump’s proposed FY19 budget released on February 12 requested only $100 million for FEMA’s flood hazard mapping program – a decrease of $78 million from FY17 (FY18 levels have yet to be enacted). This program helps the National Flood Insurance Program determine who is required to purchase flood insurance, and its data can influence the development of floodplain and building regulations. Funding for flood mapping comes from appropriated funds and fees from flood insurance policyholders, and severe cuts to appropriated funds would put an undue fiscal burden on state and local governments. This president’s proposal comes after a report from the Inspector General’s Office found that nearly 60% of FEMA’s flood maps are out-of-date. Congress will likely push back on these proposed cuts, and several members on both sides of the aisle have supported increased funding for flood mapping activities.
NLIHC-Led Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition Submits Comments on FEMA Equitable Disaster Recovery Guide for Local Officials
Writing on behalf of the Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition (DHRC), NLIHC submitted comments to FEMA in response to a request for feedback regarding a new guide being prepared by the agency, “…March 20, 2023
HUD Announces Allocation of $3.3 Billion in Disaster Recovery Funds, Creation of New Disaster Recovery Office
HUD announced on March 15 that the agency would release an allocation of more than $3.3 billion in long-term recovery funds to seven states and territories impacted by disasters in 2022 and that it…March 20, 2023
GOP Congressmen Introduce “Natural Disaster Recovery Program Act” and Call for End to HUD Long-Term Disaster Recovery Program
Representatives David Rouzer (R-NC) and Garret Graves (R-LA) of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced the “Natural Disaster Recovery Program Act.” The bill would provide FEMA with the…March 20, 2023