March 15, 2023

HUD: Overhaul of Disaster Recovery Program Announced to Better Deliver for Impacted Communities

Announcement includes the creation of a new HUD office focusing on disaster recovery and $3.3 billion to help communities across the country recover, build resilience

Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced an overhaul of the agency’s disaster recovery efforts to better serve communities who face the direct impacts of weather-related disasters. Based on the increasing number of disasters and the increasingly important role that HUD is playing in federal government’s preparedness, response, and recovery efforts, the Department is announcing the establishment of the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) in the Office of the Deputy Secretary, and the Office of Disaster Recovery (ODR) within the Office of Community Planning and Development, the addition of dozens of new HUD staff members to help expedite recovery processes, and the allocation of more than $3.3 billion in Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds.

These steps will streamline the agency’s disaster recovery and resilience work by increasing coordination, reducing bureaucracy, and increasing capacity to get recovery funding to communities more quickly by facilitating collaborative, transparent disaster recovery planning with communities earlier in the process.

HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge made the announcement today in Jackson, Kentucky, as the state received nearly $300 million, while HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman made the announcement in Ft. Myers, Florida as communities throughout Florida will receive over $2.7 billion statewide.

“HUD is committed to helping underserved communities in hard-hit areas recover from disasters,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “We know that far too often, not-so-privileged households bear the brunt of weather-related disasters. We will ensure they have access to the resources they need to rebuild and recover, equitably. Today’s announcement sends a strong message: equity is elemental to the disaster recovery work of HUD and the Biden-Harris Administration.”

Today’s announcement follows the first-time the Department has asked the public for feedback on how to simplify, modernize, and more equitably distribute critical disaster recovery funds: Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) and Mitigation (CDBG-MIT). Given the increased role as the lead federal agency for housing recovery and the impact of disasters on the Department’s portfolios, a pronounced need has emerged for enhanced coordination Department-wide, as well as with other federal, state, and local partners to assist impacted communities and families.

Over the last two decades, an increasing number of major disasters have impacted the nation and highlighted the importance of effective disaster management at the Federal, State and Local levels of government. HUD plays an outsized role in preparing relocations of populations, addressing disaster related housing needs, supporting FEMA with evacuation, sheltering HUD assisted residents, developing interim housing solutions, and leading planning and supporting long-term, sustainable community recovery.

Equitable disaster recovery and resilience is a priority of HUD’s Climate Action Plan, which notes that the Department is committed to advancing the goals of Executive Order 13985. This requires HUD to allocate resources in a manner that equitably invests in underserved communities, particularly in communities of color.

TABLE: HUD Grants More than $3.3 Billion to States and Communities to Assist with Disaster Recovery through Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Allocations

The allocated funds will help communities in Alaska, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Puerto Rico recover from disasters and build resilience, 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.

StateGranteeTotal Unmet 
MitigationDisaster Total 
AlaskaState of Alaska$33,472,000$5,021,000$38,493,000
FloridaLee County (includes Cape Coral and Fort Myers)$963,375,000$144,506,000$1,107,881,000
FloridaVolusia County (includes Daytona Beach and Port Orange)$286,009,000$42,901,000$328,910,000
FloridaOrange County (includes Orlando)$191,054,000$28,658,000$219,712,000
FloridaSarasota County (includes Sarasota)$175,248,000$26,287,000$201,535,000
FloridaState of Florida$791,847,000$118,777,000$910,624,000
IllinoisSt. Clair County$26,110,000$3,917,000$30,027,000
KentuckyState of Kentucky$259,125,000$38,869,000$297,994,000
MissouriSt. Louis County$49,065,000$7,360,000$56,425,000
MissouriSt. Louis City$22,464,000$3,370,000$25,834,000
OklahomaState of Oklahoma$6,498,000$975,000$7,473,000
Puerto RicoCommonwealth of Puerto Rico$144,619,000$21,693,000$166,312,000
TOTAL $2,948,886,000$442,334,000$3,391,220,000
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