State of Georgia
Hurricane Michael Funding
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released mandatory rules for the use of $41,837,000 in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds (CDBG-DR).
These funds were appropriated by Congress on October 5, 2018 to address unmet needs related to disaster relief, long-term recovery, infrastructure, housing, economic revitalization and mitigation in the “most impacted and distressed” areas affected by Hurricane Michael (DR# 4400). Twenty Georgia counties received an Individual Assistance Presidential disaster declaration in 2018.
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 May 20, 2020.
The declared counties are Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Laurens, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner and Worth.
Funding to Georgians Timeline
October 5, 2018 – Congress appropriated nearly $1,680,000,000 to help disaster affected states rebuild through Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR).
January 22, 2020– Federal Register Notice is posted by HUD
January 29, 2020- Public outreach meetings with local officials in Dougherty County- Dougherty County Government Center: 222 Pine Avenue, Albany, GA 31701
February 5, 2020- Public outreach meetings with local officials in Decatur County- Bainbridge City Hall/ Council Chambers: 101 South Broad Street, Bainbridge, GA 39817
April 20, 2020- Draft action plan published for public comment.
May 20, 2020– Per the Federal Register notice, the state action plan is due to HUD. Components of the action plan development process include:
- Consultation with stakeholders, including impacted local governments, Indian tribes, and public housing authorities.
- Translation of action plan into languages required by HUD (Spanish)
- A 30-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.
- Federal Register Notice