In response to Presidentially declared disasters, Congress may appropriate funding for the CDBG Program as Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grants to support cities, counties, U.S. states, and U.S. territories in rebuilding and recovering from disasters. CDBG-DR grants provide housing, infrastructure, and economic revitalization assistance to impacted areas. The CDBG-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) program provides additional funding to increase resilience to disasters by lessening the impact of future disasters.
CDBG-DR and CDBG-MIT funds are governed by CDBG regulations at 24 CFR parts 91 and 570. Additional fair housing and civil rights related requirements for CDBG-DR and CDBG-MIT Action Plans (APs) are set forth in Federal Register Notices (FRN), and any other applicable FRNs. The CDBG-DR FRN (83 FR 5844) and the CDBG-MIT FRN 84 FR 45847 require grantees to assess how the use of CDBG-DR funds affect members of protected classes under fair housing and civil rights laws while promoting more resilient affordable housing and assisting protected communities in responding to natural hazard related impacts. CDBG-DR Action Plans must also meet additional disability and LEP obligations and requirements under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Executive Order (E.O.) 13166: Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency.
FHEO reviews CDBG-DR and CDBG-MIT for consistency with fair housing and civil rights obligations and supports grantees in meeting these obligations through education, training, and technical assistance.