March 22, 2022

HUD: $3 Billion Announced to Advance Equitable Disaster Recovery and Build Climate Resilience

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced the allocation of nearly $3 billion in Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to help communities recover from disasters and build inclusive resilience to climate change. 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 the impacts of climate change, particularly for historically marginalized communities.

“These disaster recovery funds will strengthen recovery efforts and improve long-term, inclusive resilience to future disasters and climate impacts,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “Communities will have greater resources and focus to ensure equitable outcomes for underserved households that too often bear the brunt of climate-related disasters. With these funds, we are sending a strong message that equity and forward-looking mitigation are priorities of HUD and this administration’s disaster recovery work.”

HUD is allocating $2.214 billion to 10 local governments and 13 state governments for 16 major disasters in 2021. HUD is also allocating an additional $722.7 million to five of the previously announced 2020 disaster recovery grants to reflect the higher level of need than previously calculated for disasters in those states.

“I contacted Sec. Fudge to personally thank her for this significant allocation that should provide Louisiana with an opportunity to implement a more effective, albeit late, recovery from Hurricanes Laura and Delta,” Gov. Edwards said. “I’m grateful to the Biden-Harris administration for their commitment to helping our communities and those around the nation recover from the impacts of these devastating storms. In addition, Louisiana will receive $1.27 billion for recovery from Hurricane Ida and other 2021 disasters. However, the need is much greater, which everyone we have spoken with in Washington acknowledges. We will continue working to secure that additional funding.”

“Thank you to Secretary Fudge and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on the allocation of $74,953,000 additional dollars in Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funds to help Kentucky communities recover from disasters,” said Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear. “After two years of devastating tornadoes, flooding and ice storms, we are looking forward to seeing how this funding can help make an impact in our long-term recovery efforts.”

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.”

With today’s allocations, HUD has now allocated the remaining funds of the $5 billion appropriated in Public Law No. 117-43 on 9/30/2021 (Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act) for CDBG-DR funds. In November 2021, HUD allocated more than $2 billion in CDBG-DR for 2020 disasters. In January 2022, HUD opened access to those more than $2 billion, issuing a notice requiring all grantees to incorporate disaster mitigation measures into all recovery activities involving construction and to advance equitable distribution of the disaster recovery assistance. HUD’s notice underscored the agency’s commitment to ensuring that equity and forward-looking mitigation are prioritized in recovery activities.

Equitable disaster recovery and resilience is a priority of HUD’s 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 2021 Most Impacted and Distressed Qualifying Disasters

StateGranteeDisasters CoveredDisaster DescriptionEvent PeriodAllocation
CAState of California4610FireJuly 14, 2021 – October 25, 2021$14,761,000
COState of Colorado4634FireDecember 30, 2021 – January 7, 2022$7,415,000
KYState of Kentucky4595, 4630Flood (4595), Tornado (4630)February 27, 2021 – March 14, 2021 (4595), December 10, 2021 – December 11, 2021 (4630)$74,953,000
LAState of Louisiana4606, 4611Flood (4606), Hurricane Ida (4611)May 17, 2021 – May 21, 2021 (4606), August 26, 2021 – September 3, 2021 (4611)$1,272,346,000
LALake Charles4606FloodMay 17, 2021 – May 21, 2021$10,776,000
LABaton Rouge4606Flood May 17, 2021 – May 21, 2021$4,648,000
MIState of Michigan4607Severe Storm(s)June 25, 2021 – June 26, 2021$12,033,000
MIDetroit4607Severe Storm(s)June 25, 2021 – June 26, 2021$57,591,000
MIDearborn4607Severe Storm(s)June 25, 2021 – June 26, 2021$16,332,000
MSState of Mississippi4626Hurricane IdaAugust 28, 2021 – September 1, 2021$8,406,000
NCState of North Carolina4617Tropical Storm FredAugust 16, 2021 – August 18, 2021$7,975,000
NJState of New Jersey4614Hurricane IdaSeptember 1, 2021 – September 3, 2021$228,346,000
NYState of New York4615Hurricane IdaSeptember 1, 2021 – September 3, 2021$41,262,000
New York City4615Hurricane IdaSeptember 1, 2021 – September 3, 2021$187,973,000
PAState of Pennsylvania4618Hurricane IdaAugust 31, 2021 – September 5, 2021$23,152,000
Philadelphia4618Hurricane IdaAugust 31, 2021 – September 5, 2021$98,701,000
TNState of Tennessee4609FloodAugust 21, 2021$25,403,000
Nashville-Davidson4601TornadoMarch 25, 2021 – April 3, 2021$5,151,000
TXState of Texas4586Severe Ice StormFebruary 11, 2021 – February 21, 2021$26,387,000
TXHouston4586Severe Ice StormFebruary 11, 2021 – February 21, 2021$30,296,000
TXDallas4586Severe Ice StormFebruary 11, 2021 – February 21, 2021$24,433,000
TXFort Worth4586Severe Ice StormFebruary 11, 2021 – February 21, 2021$16,614,000
WAState of Washington4635FloodNovember 13, 2021 – November 15, 2021$18,641,000

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

GranteeDisasters CoveredDisaster DescriptionEvent PeriodAdditional Allocation for Unmet Needs and Mitigation
State of Alabama4563, 4573Hurricane Sally (4563), Hurricane Zeta (4573)September 14, 2020 – September 16, 2020 (4563), October 28, 2020 – October 29, 2020 (4573)$189,520,000
State of Florida4564Hurricane SallySeptember 14, 2020 – September 28, 2020$74,192,000
State of Iowa4557Severe StormsAugust 10, 2020$626,000
State of Louisiana4559, 4570Hurricane Laura (4559), Hurricane Delta (4570)August 22, 2020 – August 27, 2020 (4559), October 6, 2020 – October 10, 2020 (4570)$450,136,000
State of Mississippi4576Hurricane ZetaOctober 28, 2020 – October 29, 2020$8,214,000
   GRAND TOTAL$722,688,000
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