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CDBG Disaster Recovery Funding Fact Sheet What is CDBG Disaster Recovery Funding? CDBG Disaster Recovery Funding are Community Development Block Grant funds that were appropriated by U.S. Congress to assist states in Presidential Declared Disaster areas in 2008. Funds flow through the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and are flexible grants to help cities, counties, and States recover from declared disasters, especially in low-income areas. How much was allocated? The State of Texas was allocated $1.3 billion in CDBG Disaster Recovery Funding of which $814 million was allocated to the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC). H-GAC recommended to the State that Harris County and its small cities (excluding the City of Houston) received $140 million. Based on its Harris County Damage Assessment, the county has allocated funds for housing to a countywide housing rehabilitation and reconstruction program and a non-housing portion, which has been allocated to jurisdiction who reported non-housing damage in the assessment. Who are Eligible Customers? CDBG Disaster Recovery grants primarily benefit low-income residents in and around communities that have experienced a natural disaster. Generally, grantees (i.e. the State) must use at least half of their TOTAL Disaster Recovery funds for activities that principally benefit low-and moderate-income persons. These can be either activities in which all or the majority of people who benefit have low or moderate incomes or activities that benefit an area or service group in which at least 51 percent of the populous are of low- and moderate-income. A portion of the funding can also be used for areas of urgent need or slum and blight. Under urgent need an area has suffered a catastrophic/emergency event and funds can be used to recover. What are eligible uses of funds? CDBG Disaster Recovery funds may be used for recovery efforts involving housing, economic development, infrastructure and prevention of further damage to affected areas, if such use does not duplicate funding available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. How to access NON-HOUSING CDBG Disaster funds? Cities (excluding the City of Houston) with an executed MOU with the county and who reported damages in the Harris County Damage Assessment will be allocated a portion of the Harris County non-housing allocation ($84 million of the $140 million total) in the County's Method of Distribution. Each allocated city will be required to fill out a project information form and attend a funding entrance meeting to be able to access the funds once released to Harris County. Only projects eligible under Federal, State and local laws will be submitted under Harris County's application for funding to the State. DEADLINES: The non-housing project information sheet is due to Harris County Community Service Department (CSD) by March 18, 2009. Send forms to Adam.Mincberg@csd.hctx.net. CSD staff will be contacting each city to schedule a one-on-one funding entrance meeting during the week of March 23rd. Meetings will be 1.5 hours in duration and will include the discussion of the budget, engineering/design requirements, and Federal requirements for each project listed in the non-housing project information form. Non-Housing Project Information Form All activities funded by the Non-Housing Infrastructure Program must be hurricane recovery related projects (damaged or failed to function). Basic eligible activities under the CDBG program are identified in Title 24, Sections 570.201 and 570.482 of the Code of Federal Regulations. In accordance with the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, (Public Law 110-329), enacted on September 30, 2008, the proposed use of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for eligible activities within this program include, but are not limited to the following, to the extent that those activities are recovery related: • acquisition of real property • construction or reconstruction of streets, water and sewer facilities, neighborhood centers, recreation facilities, and other public works • clearance, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and construction of public and private buildings • removal of architectural barriers to access by the elderly and handicapped • disposition of real property, including costs associated with maintenance and transfer of acquired properties Please fill out the following table with project(s) that your jurisdication proposes to perform with its allocation of Disaster CDBG funding. Please enter data in yellow fields only. The form will automatically calculate totals. Please be sure the total amount for the column entitled "Amount of CDBG Disaster Funds..." does not exceed your city's total allocated amount. Note that this form will assist Harris County staff to determine if the project is eligible under HUD law, perform required environmental reviews, and is the first step in providing the State a list of projects for funding. After submission of the information in this form, Harris County will be inviting each juridiction to meet and discuss each project. City of : Estimated Total Expected Match Project location Persons Amount Amount Amount of CDBG (address, streets, Served by Total Cost of Expected FEMA (Required by Leavering from Disaster Funds Project Name intersection) Project Description Project Project Amount FEMA) other funds Request for project. $ - $ - $ - $ - $ - Estimated Total Expected Match Project location Persons Amount Amount Amount of CDBG (address, streets, Served by Total Cost of Expected FEMA (Required by Leavering from Disaster Funds Project Name intersection) Project Description Project Project Amount FEMA) other funds Request for project. Total $ - $ - $ - $ - $ -
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