Half of the $1.2 Billion allocation must go toward mitigation in ten LA parishes, including Ascension, which had declared emergencies in 2016
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today published the program requirements for the Department’s new Community Development Block Grant –Mitigation (CDBG-Mitigation) Program to nine states and five local communities. Read HUD’s notice.
CDBG-Mitigation funds represent a unique and significant opportunity for grantees to use this assistance in areas impacted by recent disasters to carry out long-term strategic and high-impact activities to mitigate disaster risks and reduce future losses. While it is impossible to eliminate all risks, these funds will enable grantees to mitigate against disaster risks, while at the same time allowing grantees the opportunity to transform State and local planning.
Through this notice, HUD seeks to:
- Support data-informed investments in high-impact projects that will reduce risks attributable to natural disasters, with particular focus on repetitive loss of property and critical infrastructure;
- Build the capacity of States and local governments to comprehensively analyze disaster risks and to update hazard mitigation plans through the use of data and meaningful community engagement;
- Support the adoption of policies that reflect local and regional priorities that will have long-lasting effects on community risk reduction, to include the risk reduction to community lifelines such as Safety and Security, Communications, Food, Water, Sheltering, Transportation, Health and Medical, Hazardous Material (management) and Energy (Power & fuel), and future disaster costs; and
- Maximize the impact of available funds by encouraging leverage, private-public partnerships, and coordination with other Federal programs.