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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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