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HUD No. 21-181
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Monday
November 1, 2021

HUD Allocates More than $2 Billion to Advance Equitable Disaster Recovery, Build Climate Change Resilience


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced the allocation of more than $2 billion ($2,040,617,000) in CDBG-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) and CDBG-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds appropriated in the continuing resolution, the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act (PL 117-43; the Act), signed into law on September 30, 2021. These allocations underscore HUD and the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to equitably improving the nation’s disaster recovery and building long-term, inclusive resilience to meet the impacts of climate change, particularly for historically marginalized communities.

This allocation is being made to 10 states covering 15 separate major disasters that occurred calendar year 2020. The states, allocations, and disasters covered are available below.

These funds will go to recover from and build resilience to natural disasters, including climate disasters, with a specific focus on low- and moderate-income populations. The funds are specified to be used for: “disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing, economic revitalization, and mitigation, in the most impacted and distressed areas.”

“These disaster recovery and mitigation funds are essential to advancing the Biden-Harris Administration’s climate and equity priorities by building long-term and inclusive resilience to the impacts of climate change, particularly for underserved and marginalized communities,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “With these allocations, we are addressing climate justice in hard-hit communities that can now begin the process of building back better from disasters and improving long-term, equitable resilience to future impacts of climate change.”

These are the first CDBG-DR/MIT awards of the Biden-Harris Administration. Oregon and Michigan are receiving their first ever DR/MIT allocations.

PL 117-43 appropriated a total of $5 billion in CDBG-DR/MIT funds for major disasters that occurred in 2020 or 2021. Allocation of the remaining CDBG-DR/MIT funds will be made over the next few months to address unmet needs from disasters occurring in 2021, including Hurricane Ida.

Climate change poses a multitude of risks for communities across the country. This includes rising costs to maintain and repair damaged infrastructure from more frequent and extreme weather events and health and safety challenges to the communities across the country. Acting now to manage climate risk will increase the resilience of communities to wildfires, extreme heat, tropical storms, heavy rains, and other disasters made worse by a changing climate.

Equitable disaster recovery and resilience is a priority of HUD’s newly published Climate Action Plan.

HUD’s Climate Action Plan notes that the Department is committed to advancing the goals of Executive Order 13985, which requires HUD to allocate resources in a manner that equitably invests in underserved communities, especially communities of color. HUD is committed to taking actions to invest in climate resiliency to reinforce its mission of creating strong, sustainable, and inclusive communities with affordable homes for all.


CDBG-DR Allocations for CY 2020 Most Impacted and Distressed Qualifying Disasters

State Disasters Covered
ALLOCATION
Alabama 4563, 4573
$311,732,000
California 4558, 4569
$231,203,000
Florida 4564
$113,191,000
Iowa 4557
$56,940,000
Louisiana 4559, 4570
$594,931,000
Michigan 4547
$54,498,000
Mississippi 4576
$28,470,000
Oregon 4562
$422,286,000
Puerto Rico 4473, 4560
$184,626,000
Tennessee 4476, 4541
$42,740,000
  Grand Total
$2,040,617,000

 

Specific Disasters Covered

State Disaster Number Disaster Description
Event Period
Alabama 4563 Hurricane Sally
Sep 14, 2020 - Sep 16, 2020
4573 Hurricane Zeta
Oct 28, 2020 - Oct 29, 2020
California 4558 Wildfires
Aug 14, 2020 - Sep 26, 2020
4569 Wildfires
Sep 4, 2020 - Nov 17, 2020
Florida 4564 Hurricane Sally
Sep 14, 2020 - Sep 28, 2020
Iowa 4557 Severe Storms
Aug 10, 2020
Louisiana 4559 Hurricane Laura
Aug 22, 2020 - Aug 27, 2020
4570 Hurricane Delta
Oct 6, 2020 - Oct 10, 2020
Michigan 4547 Severe Storms and Flooding (Dam Failure)
May 16, 2020 - May 22, 2020
Mississippi 4576 Hurricane Zeta
Oct 28, 2020 - Oct 29, 2020
Oregon 4562 Wildfires and Straight-line Winds
Sep 7, 2020 - Nov 3, 2020
Puerto Rico 4473 Earthquakes
Dec 28, 2019 - Jul 3, 2020
4560 Tropical Storm Isaias
Jul 29, 2020 - Jul 31, 2020
Tennessee 4476 Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding
Mar 3, 2020
4541 Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding
Apr 12, 2020 - Apr 13, 2020

 

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