CDBG-DR Policy Bulletins, FAQs and ODR Digest
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-DR) Policy Bulletins, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and Office of Disaster Recovery (ODR) Digest are developed to support grantees with the implementation of their CDBG-DR programs. The bulletins are aimed at addressing more complex concepts that grantees have identified through coordination with HUD and should be utilized as a resource for building comprehension and identifying next steps. The FAQs will interpret policy and program implementation criteria in a more streamlined manner than a full bulletin. The ODR Digest is a quarterly newsletter to keep grantees and partners informed on the latest policy issues affecting grantees, provide announcements on trainings, and highlight the work that CDBG-DR and Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) grantees are doing.
CDBG-DR Policy Bulletins
CDBG-DR Policy Bulletin 2022-01: Economic Revitalization and Investing in Disaster-Impacted Communities

Summary: This Policy Bulletin summarizes how CDBG-DR funds can be used for economic revitalization by funding tourism-related activities. The bulletin addresses how these activities can be funded through existing CDBG-eligible activities and through waivers and alternative requirements.

CDBG-DR Policy Bulletin 2022-02: Guidance on the 2019 Duplication of Benefits Notice

Summary: This Policy Bulletin provides guidance on how best to consolidate various requirements in the 2019 DOB Notice (84 FR 28836) and DOB Implementation Notice (84 FR 28848), as amended by the OMNI Notice (85 FR 60821). This guidance document restates information for clarity but does not establish any new requirements and lacks the force and effect of binding law.

CDBG-DR Policy Bulletin 2023-01: Guidance on Extending a Grantee’s Period of Performance

Summary: This Policy Bulletin provides guidance on how to submit a request to extend a CDBG-DR grantee’s period of performance. HUD will consider extension requests for grant awards based on the Secretary's determination that the extension is necessary, and the grantee has demonstrated that it has evaluated all reasonable alternatives prior to determining that an extension is the only remaining viable alternative. This guidance recommends the best approach for building a grantee’s good cause statement for the extension.  While this guidance applies to grants awarded for disasters occurring between 2011 and 2022, future grantees may also find this guidance useful if the applicable Federal Register notices allow for extension requests.

CDBG-DR Policy Bulletin 2023-02: Interchangeability Provisions and Other Flexibilities

Summary: This policy bulletin provides an overview of the statutory authority and applicability of interchangeability across funds provided through various Public Laws. This policy bulletin reviews requirements, provides examples, and offers tips for grantees choosing to implement interchangeability for Program Administrative Costs (PACs) and grant funds, respectively. In addition, the bulletin illustrates how to report outcomes within the Disaster Recovery Grant Reporting (DRGR) System when using funds interchangeably. 

CDBG-DR FAQs: Full FAQ Collection

Summary: This is a comprehensive collection of FAQs developed by the Office of Disaster Recovery (ODR) for CDBG-DR, CDBG-MIT, and CDBG-NDR funds.

CDBG-DR FAQs 2022-01: FAQs on Using CDBG-DR Funds for Subsequent Disasters

Summary: This FAQ provides clarity for any current CDBG-DR grantees who have requested guidance on using their CDBG-DR funds for subsequent disasters. These FAQs apply only when a grantee does not have a CDBG-DR grant for the subsequent disaster.

CDBG-DR FAQs 2023-01:FAQs Responding to HUD’s Requests for Information

Summary: These FAQs provide clarity for individuals who choose to participate in providing public comments for Request for Information (RFI) for HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Rules, Waivers, and Alternative Requirements (87 FR 77864) and/or RFI CDBG-DR Formula (87 FR 77855). Please note that both RFIs have a 60-day public comment period with a deadline of February 21, 2023.

CDBG-DR FAQs 2023-02: FAQ on Build America, Buy America (BABA)

Summary: This FAQ provide clarity for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR), Mitigation (CDBG-MIT), or National Disaster Resilience Competition (CDBG-NDR) grants on Build Back, Buy America (BABA).

CDBG-DR FAQs 2023-03: FAQs Duplication of Benefits and the DRRA Loan Exception

Summary: These FAQs provide clarity for grantees that are implementing section 1210 of the Disaster Recovery and Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA) that sunsets on October 5, 2023. This DRRA provision temporarily amended section 312 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) (42 U.S.C. § 5155). For DRRA Qualifying Disasters (i.e., disasters declared between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2021) only, FEMA advised in a Fact Sheet that a loan is not a prohibited DOB under section 312(b)(4)(C) of the Stafford Act, as amended by section 1210 of the DRRA, if all federal assistance is used toward a loss suffered as a result of a major disaster or emergency.

ODR Digests

Volume, Published Date

Volume 1, February 2021

Inherently Governmental Functions
Admin Across Grants
San Francisco Regional Spotlight

Volume 2, April 2021 DOB Total Assistance for Multiple Disasters
Homeownership Assistance – Downpayment Waiver
Fort Worth Texas Regional Spotlight
Volume 3, July 2021 2 CFR 200 Changes Applying Prospectively
Proof of Ownership Documentation
Atlanta Georgia Regional Spotlight
Volume 4, October 2021 New Housing Construction Activities
Most Impacted and Distressed (MID) Areas
New York City Regional Spotlight
Volume 5, March 2022 Auditor Procurement Requirements in 2 CFR 200
Caribbean Regional Spotlight
Volume 6, January 2023 Area Median Income (AMI) Requirements for Non-Flood Related Disasters
Purchase of Motor Vehicles
Wildfire Disaster Type Spotlight
Volume 7, June 2023 Public Law 113-2 Expenditure Deadline
Timing of CDBG-DR Funding
Flooding Disaster Type Spotlight
Volume 8, September 2023

Meeting the Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI) Jobs National Objective
Making Edits to Substantial Amendment After Public Comment Period
Tornado Disaster Type Spotlight

Volume 9, December 2023

Transferring Program Income to CDBG Entitlement Funds
Recertifying Homeownership Income for Grantee Rehabilitation Programs
Earthquake Disaster Type Spotlight

Volume 10, December 2023

CDBG-DR Monitoring Season
2024 CDBG-DR Problem Solving Clinic
ODR’s HUD.GOV Page VS CDBG-DR on the HUD Exchange
Crosscutting Miniseries Overview
Office of Environment and Energy Spotlight



Content current as of April 01, 2024.