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Community Development Block Grants

Community Development Block Grants

In additional to FEMA's Individual and Household program monies for repairs, additional federal money comes to the States from HUD in the form of Community Development Block grants. These will allow for further repairs and hazard mitigation, as the grant allows. Each CDBG program will be different, but an overview from HUD is available here.

Currently NY State is administering two such programs the "Build It Back" program in NYC and the "New York Rising" program in the remainder of the state. 

Currently Texas is administering a CDBG program to repair or replace damages from Ike and Dolly.  This program was redesigned to be more beneficial for homeowners after a successful administrative complaint.  

Outline of the CDBG-DR Federal Register Notice- This outline summarizes key features residents and advocates should know about the February 9, 2018 Federal Register notice that applies to the $7.4 billion in CDBG-DR funds Congress appropriated on September 8, 2017. Of that amount, HUD awarded $5 billion to Texas, $1.5 billion to Puerto Rico, $616 million to Florida, and $243 million to the Virgin Islands. The outline is designed to help residents and advocates understand the requirements related to an Action Plan, public participation, and reporting. 

The Disaster Legal Aid National Advisory Group consists of experts in disaster legal response from the Legal Services Corporation, American Bar Association, legal services organizations and law schools. If you are a pro bono or legal services attorney working on a disaster-related case, the Advisory Group is here to help! Please visit the Advisory Group page for information on the group, group members and how to contact the group with inquiries.