Ardurra has managed billions of dollars in federal and state assistance funds to furnish full spectrum mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery services. We remain fully engaged and informed regarding agency funding mechanisms and associated regulations to afford our clients the most up to date resources and information available.
The Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), through the Federal Register/Vol. 84, No. 169, announced funding availability by the Further Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act 2018. This initial notice allocated $6.875B in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds to be utilized by grantees recovering from disasters that occurred in 2015, 2016 and 2017. An additional Federal Register Notice/Vol. 85, No.17 dated January 27, 2020 allocated $8.285B CDBG-MIT funds to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
To date, 16 grantees including cities, counties, states and territories are eligible to receive CDBG-MIT funding. Grantees were assigned deadlines and are required to follow the CDBG Action Plan process. This process informs the public on the manner in which the funds will be expended and outlines the program parameters. One unique difference is the inclusion of a mitigation needs assessment of the most impacted and distressed areas.
1. Identify eligible project(s)
2. Identify grantee’s LMI target areas within HUD and State MIDs
3. Review capacity and decide whether to self-administer or hire a consultant
a. RFP required for grant administrator
b. RFQ required for design engineer
c. Consider having consultant properly procured before the application process begins to prevent potential conflicts and disallowed costs
4. Conduct public hearings to discuss specific projects before developing application
5. Produce application and wait for approval
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Senior Advisor, HUD
Adam Faschan, PE, PhD
Senior Advisor, Mitigation