FY 2022 HUDRD - Wildfire Recovery and Resilience

This NOFO announces the availability of $600,000 to study the effectiveness of disaster recovery funding after wildfire. HUD anticipates awarding one or more cooperative agreements. The goal of the research is to increase the capacity of communities affected by wildfire to use disaster assistance to enhance resilience to wildfire, especially the resilience of low- and moderate-income persons and communities. HUD anticipates the need for such knowledge because in recent years wildfire disasters have become more frequent and destructive and HUD has sharply increased allocations of disaster assistance for wildfires through the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) and Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) programs. 

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 provided HUD funding to study the effectiveness of its disaster recovery funding. To find out how disaster assistance, including CDBG-DR and CDBG-MIT grants, can be used more effectively during recovery to enhance resilience to wildfires, HUD will award one or more cooperative agreements for studies of communities in the American West affected by presidentially declared wildfire disasters that occurred in 2017 or later. To be considered for funding, a study must include at least one community that received CDBG-DR or CDBG-MIT funding, but may also include one or more communities that did not receive such funding as part of a comparative analysis. 

HUD is soliciting proposals that use a community studies method to examine positive, negative, and neutral effects of disaster assistance on the resilience to wildfire of low- and moderate-income persons and communities. HUD seeks proposals that will consider both biophysical factors (e.g., defensible space, location of buildings) and social factors (e.g., insurance coverage, education) that affect resilience to wildfire, including actions that may be individual (e.g., putting a new roof on your home, having a get-away bag at your front door) and collective (e.g., building codes and enforcement, free chipper days). “Community studies method” means an observational study that uses multiple data sources to investigate a problem within the context of other behavior and attitudes within a community (adapted from Arensberg, 1954). HUD will consider both retrospective and prospective studies for funding.

Program Office: Policy Development and ResearchFunding 

Opportunity Title: HUDRD - Wildfire Recovery and Resilience

Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6600-N-29B

Assistance Listing Number: 14.536

Due Date for Applications: 07/19/2022

This program offers HBCU preference points. Please see Notice for details. 

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Agency Contact: HUD staff will be available to provide clarification on the content of this NOFO. Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFO should be directed to Name: Katina Jordan; Phone: 202-402-7577; Email: Katina.L.Jordan@hud.gov.  

Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Please note that HUD staff cannot assist applicants in preparing their applications.