2017 Mitigation Allocation

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State of Georgia Mitigation Funding

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released mandatory rules for the use of $26,961,000 in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation funds (CDBG-MIT).

These funds were appropriated by Congress on February 9, 2018, for mitigation projects in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma (DR# 4338) as well as the 2017 tornadoes (DR #4294 and 4297). Fifteen Georgia counties received an IA Presidential disaster declaration in 2017.

Publication of rules in the Federal Register will now enable the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to move forward in drafting and getting approval for a state action plan. The action plan is due on April 6, 2020.

The declared counties and storm information is listed in the table below.

Table 1: List of Disaster Events by County

COUNTY
Disaster Event
BERRIEN
Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds (DR 4297)
CAMDEN
Hurricane Irma (DR 4338)
CHARLTON
Hurricane Irma (DR 4338)
CHATHAM
Hurricane Irma (DR 4338)
COFFEE
Hurricane Irma (DR 4338)
COOK
Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds (DR 4297)
CRISP
Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds (DR 4297)
DOUGHERTY
Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds (DR 4294); (DR 4297)
GLYNN
Hurricane Irma (DR 4338)
LIBERTY
Hurricane Irma (DR 4338)
MCINTOSH
Hurricane Irma (DR 4338)
THOMAS
Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds (DR 4297)
TURNER
Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds (DR 4297)
WILCOX
Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds (DR 4297)
WORTH
Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds (DR 4297)

Funding to Georgians Timeline

February 9, 2018 – Congress appropriated nearly $28 billion to help disaster affected states rebuild through Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR).

August 30, 2019 – HUD announces allocation of $6,875,044,000 in CDBG-MIT funds for mitigation activities consistent with the appropriations act. Georgia was allocated $26,961,000 for mitigation efforts. The FRN states HUD seeks to “support data-informed investments in high-impact projects that will reduce risks attributable to natural disasters, build the capacity of States and local governments to comprehensively analyze disaster risks, support the adoption of policies that reflect local and regional priorities that will have long-lasting effects on community risk reduction, and maximize the impact of available funds by encouraging leverage, private-public partnerships, and coordination with other Federal programs”.

November 15, 2019- Mitigation Funds Pre-Application posted on the DCA website https://www.dca.ga.gov/sites/default/files/mit_pre-application.pdf

December 4, 2019 -The CDBG-DR team will be hosting the 1st of two (2) CDBG-Mitigation Pre-Application Webinars- Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 3:00 pm

December 12, 2019 - The CDBG-DR team will be hosting the 2nd  of two (2) CDBG-Mitigation Pre-Application Webinars Thursday, December 12, 2019, at 10:00 am. 

Each webinar will give answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that have been received to date. In addition, participants will be provided an opportunity to ask any questions they have related to submission of the Mitigation Pre-Application. 

January 15, 2020- Mitigation Funds Pre-Application due to DCA. 

February 21, 2020- Draft action plan published for public comment.

April 6, 2020 – Per the Federal Register notice, the state action plan is due to HUD. Components of the action plan development process include:

  • At least two (2) public hearings. One will be located in Albany (time and place to be determined) and one will be located in Kingsland (time and place to be determined).
  • Consultation with stakeholders, including impacted local governments, Indian tribes, and public housing authorities. 
  • Translation of action plan into languages required by HUD (Spanish)  
  • A 45-day public comment period - At the completion, DCA must then respond to all public comments, and include both comments and responses in the state action plan submitted to HUD for approval.

60 days – Once submitted, HUD has 60 days to review the action plan and approve or reject the plan with comments. 

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