FEMA: Assistance Expanded to Boost Climate Resilience and Support Communities Using Low-Carbon Materials

As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s historic investments in America and climate resilience, FEMA announced today that it will make grant funds available to communities for low-carbon materials used in disaster recovery and climate resilience projects. States, tribes, territories and local communities will now have more access to cleaner building materials […]

FEMA: Updated Guide Released to Help Communities with Resilience Grants Process

FEMA released an updated and consolidated guidance to help grant applicants successfully navigate our mitigation grant programs to enhance climate resiliency. Following a multi-year effort and robust community engagement, FEMA updated the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program and Policy Guide to reduce complexities and increase stakeholder accessibility to resilience grant programs. This is the […]

FEMA: $2 Billion in Department of Homeland Security Preparedness Grants Announced

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced more than $2 billion in funding for eight Fiscal Year 2023 preparedness grant programs. These grant programs provide critical funding to help state, local, tribal and territorial officials prepare for, prevent, protect against and respond to acts of terrorism. Secretary Mayorkas issued the […]

SBA: Disaster Enterprise Transformed to Strengthen Support for Disaster-Impacted Communities

The Reimagined Office of Disaster Recovery & Resilience Will Position SBA to Support the Biden-Harris Whole-of-Government Climate Change Response Today, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice in President Biden’s Cabinet for America’s 33 million small businesses, announced the second stage of the Agency’s realignment […]

FEMA: Twenty Tribes and All Inhabited U.S. Territories Now Eligible for FEMA’s Safeguarding Tomorrow Revolving Loan Fund Grant Program

FEMA is expanding the eligibility for a new grant program that provides capitalization grants to fund revolving loans for resilience-related activities. The Safeguarding Tomorrow Revolving Loan Fund grant program has been expanded to give insular areas the same eligibility to apply as states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This means […]

HUD: $5.5 Million in Funding Opportunity Announced for Hispanic Serving Institutions

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it will make available $5.5 million for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) to establish research Centers of Excellence (COEs) to conduct housing and community development research. This funding opportunity will help strengthen capacity and invest in innovative and actionable research to address […]

FEMA: 2022 National Preparedness Report Underscores Continued Threat of Climate Change

FEMA released the 2022 National Preparedness Report today, revealing the impacts that climate change and associated natural disasters continue to have on emergency management capabilities and communities across the country.  This year’s report presents preparedness data through the lens of risks and capabilities and underscores the challenges that emergency managers face in […]

FEMA: Funding Opportunity Announced for New Community Resilience Program

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Provides $500 Million Over Five Years for Safeguarding Tomorrow Revolving Loan Fund grant program  Today, FEMA announced it will soon begin accepting applications for a new resilience program, funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to make communities safer from natural hazards. Beginning Feb. 1, the agency […]

FEMA: $135 Million Commitment Made to Support Relocation of Tribal Communities Affected by Climate Change

Funding from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act Supports Community-Driven Relocation for Threatened Communities  The Biden-Harris administration today announced the launch of a new Voluntary Community-Driven Relocation program, led by the Department of the Interior, to assist Tribal communities severely impacted by climate-related environmental threats. Through investments from President […]

HUD: Flood Insurance Options Increased for Homeowners with FHA Mortgages Living in Special Flood Areas

Federal Housing Administration to allow private flood insurance policies on insured single-family mortgages in special flood hazard areas The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), is announcing today that effective December 21, 2022, it will allow homeowners with FHA-insured mortgage financing to obtain flood […]