Included in the emergency supplemental is $16 billion in disaster Community Development Block Grant (d-CDBG) funding. This amount comes close to the $17 billion requested by the Administration in its emergency aid request.
While most of the d-CDBG funds are expected to go to areas impacted by Super Storm Sandy, the language allows for the funds to be used by any jurisdiction nationwide that experienced a presidentially declared disaster in 2011, 2012, or 2013. The HUD Secretary must allocate funding within 60 days of enactment.
The d-CDBG funds can be used for:
small business needs.
Click here for the Disaster Recovery Notice letter to HUD.
Advocates are working to ensure that the funds are used to fully address the housing needs of extremely low and very low-income households. The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) co-signed a letter to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan urging that the d-CDBG funds “facilitate the revitalization and development of affordable housing in compliance with civil rights laws as an integral part of recovery in all communities.”
The letter asks HUD to focus on four basic goals in its forthcoming notice for disaster aid grant application plans, as provided for under the Super Storm Sandy supplemental appropriations bill:
Public participation and transparency,
Affirmative furthering of fair housing,
Meeting all the housing needs created by Super Storm Sandy, and
Fair treatment of low-income people.
While the HUD Secretary is required to issue the notice within 45 days of enactment of the law, it is expected that the notice will be issued as soon as the week of February 4, 2013.