HUD Announces $228 Million to New Jersey to Advance Equitable Disaster Recovery, Build Climate Resilience

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HUD Announces $228 Million to New Jersey to Advance Equitable Disaster Recovery, Build Climate Resilience

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced the allocation of nearly $3 billion in Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to help communities recover from disasters and build inclusive resilience to climate change. These allocations underscore HUD and the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to equitably improving the nation’s disaster recovery and building long-term, inclusive resilience to the impacts of climate change, particularly for historically marginalized communities.

In New Jersey, HUD announced the allocation of $228,346,000 in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to help communities recover from Tropical Cyclone Ida, which impacted the state on September 1, 2021. Tropical Cyclone Ida affected multiple counties and devastated HUD-subsidized housing in multiple towns, including Elizabeth, and Englewood. On September 5, 2021, President Biden issued major disaster declarations for the counties of Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset. Essex, Hudson, Mercer, & Union counties were added on September 10.

“These disaster recovery funds will strengthen recovery efforts and improve long-term, inclusive resilience to future disasters and climate impacts,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “Communities will have greater resources and focus to ensure equitable outcomes for underserved households that too often bear the brunt of climate-related disasters. With these funds, we are sending a strong message that equity and forward-looking mitigation are priorities of HUD and this administration’s disaster recovery work.”

“Thirty-two New Jerseyans lost their lives, and hundreds of residents saw their lives upended by Tropical Cyclone Ida. Local governments spent months assisting displaced families with housing and services,” said Alicka Ampry-Samuel, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey. “This funding will flow into communities still reeling with this disaster to ensure residents have permanent homes, rebuild efficiently, and contribute to protecting them from future tragedy.”

HUD is allocating $2.214 billion to 10 local governments and 13 state governments for 16 major disasters in 2021. HUD is also allocating an additional $722.7 million to five of the previously announced 2020 disaster recovery grants to reflect the higher level of need than previously calculated for disasters in those states.

These funds will go to recover from and build resilience to natural disasters, including climate disasters, with a specific focus on low- and moderate-income populations. The funds are specified to be used for: “disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing, economic revitalization, and mitigation, in the most impacted and distressed areas.”

With today’s allocations, HUD has now allocated the remaining funds of the $5 billion appropriated in Public Law No. 17-43 on 9/30/2021 (Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act) for CDBG-DR funds. In November 2021, HUD allocated more than $2 billion in CDBG-DR for 2020 disasters. In January 2022, HUD opened access to those more than $2 billion, issuing a notice requiring all grantees to incorporate disaster mitigation measures into all recovery activities involving construction and to advance equitable distribution of the disaster recovery assistance. HUD’s notice underscored the agency’s commitment to ensuring that equity and forward-looking mitigation are prioritized in recovery activities.

Equitable disaster recovery and resilience is a priority of HUD’s Climate Action Plan. HUD’s Climate Action Plan notes that the Department is committed to advancing the goals of Executive Order 13985, which requires HUD to allocate resources in a manner that equitably invests in underserved communities, especially communities of color. HUD is committed to taking actions to invest in climate resiliency to reinforce its mission of creating strong, sustainable, and inclusive communities with affordable homes for all.

CDBG-DR Allocations for CY 2021 Most Impacted and Distressed Qualifying Disasters

State
Grantee
Disasters Covered
Disaster Description
Event Period
Allocation
CA
State of California
4610
Fire
July 14, 2021 – October 25, 2021
$14,761,000
CO
State of Colorado
4634
Fire
December 30, 2021 – January 7, 2022
$7,415,000
KY
State of Kentucky
4595, 4630
Flood (4595), Tornado (4630)
February 27, 2021 – March 14, 2021 (4595), December 10, 2021 – December 11, 2021 (4630)
$74,953,000
 LA
State of Louisiana
4606, 4611
Flood (4606), Hurricane Ida (4611)
May 17, 2021 – May 21, 2021 (4606), August 26, 2021 – September 3, 2021 (4611)
$1,272,346,000
LA
Lake Charles
4606
Flood
May 17, 2021 – May 21, 2021
$10,776,000
 LA
Baton Rouge
4606
Flood
May 17, 2021 – May 21, 2021
$4,648,000
 MI
State of Michigan
4607
Severe Storm(s)
June 25, 2021 – June 26, 2021
$12,033,000
MI
Detroit
4607
Severe Storm(s)
June 25, 2021 – June 26, 2021
$57,591,000
 MI
Dearborn
4607
Severe Storm(s)
June 25, 2021 – June 26, 2021
$16,332,000
MS
State of Mississippi
4626
Hurricane Ida
August 28, 2021 – September 1, 2021
$8,406,000
NC
State of North Carolina
4617
Tropical Storm Fred
August 16, 2021 – August 18, 2021
$7,975,000
NJ
State of New Jersey
4614
Hurricane Ida
September 1, 2021 – September 3, 2021
$228,346,000
NY
State of New York
4615
Hurricane Ida
September 1, 2021 – September 3, 2021
$41,262,000
New York City
4615
Hurricane Ida
September 1, 2021 – September 3, 2021
$187,973,000
PA
State of Pennsylvania
4618
Hurricane Ida
August 31, 2021 – September 5, 2021
$23,152,000
Philadelphia
4618
Hurricane Ida
August 31, 2021 – September 5, 2021
$98,701,000
TN
State of Tennessee
4609
Flood
August 21, 2021
$25,403,000
Nashville-Davidson
4601
Tornado
March 25, 2021 – April 3, 2021
$5,151,000
 TX
State of Texas
4586
Severe Ice Storm
February 11, 2021 – February 21, 2021
$26,387,000
 TX
Houston
4586
Severe Ice Storm
February 11, 2021 – February 21, 2021
$30,296,000
TX
Dallas
4586
Severe Ice Storm
February 11, 2021 – February 21, 2021
$24,433,000
 TX
Fort Worth
4586
Severe Ice Storm
February 11, 2021 – February 21, 2021
$16,614,000
WA
State of Washington
4635
Flood
November 13, 2021 – November 15, 2021
$18,641,000
 
 TOTAL
$2,213,595,000

 

Additional CDBG-DR Allocations for CY 2020 Most Impacted and Distressed Qualifying Disasters for Unmet Needs

Grantee
Disasters Covered
Disaster Description
Event Period
Additional Allocation for Unmet Needs and Mitigation
State of Alabama
4563, 4573
Hurricane Sally (4563), Hurricane Zeta (4573)
September 14, 2021 – September 16, 2021 (4563), October 28, 2021 – October 29, 2020 (4573)
$189,520,000
State of Florida
4564
Hurricane Sally
September 14, 2021 – September 28, 2020
$74,192,000
State of Iowa
4557
Severe Storms
August 10, 2020
$626,000
State of Louisiana
4559, 4570
Hurricane Laura (4559), Hurricane Delta (4570)
August 22, 2020 – August 27, 2020 (4559), October 6, 2020 – October 10, 2020 (4570)
$450,136,000
State of Mississippi
4576
Hurricane Zeta
October 28, 2020 – October 29, 2020
$8,214,000
 
GRAND TOTAL
$722,688,000

 

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