Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR)
- Basic Info
During 2017, severe weather events caused extensive damage in many parts of our state, resulting in three Presidential declarations of a major disaster -- two due to Southwest Georgia tornadoes and one in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Earlier this year, the federal government awarded Georgia $64,904,000 in disaster recovery assistance to address “unmet needs” and "mitigation" in the areas damaged by one of these major disasters. The funding has been made available through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program, which focuses on covering “…necessary expenses for activities…related to disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing, and economic revitalization in the most impacted and distressed areas…”.
This funding is now available to assist communities, some of which were completely devastated and remain uninhabitable a year after the fact. Counties that received public and individual assistance are eligible to receive these funds.
Funds will be prioritized for use in the most impacted and distressed areas, to facilitate long-term recovery through the restoration of infrastructure and housing, mitigation to protect from predictable future damage, and economic revitalization. DCA is actively working with HUD on program details, and will be coordinating directly with local governments in eligible disaster areas.
Eligible counties: Berrien, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Coffee, Cook, Crisp, Dougherty, Glynn, Liberty, McIntosh, Thomas, Turner, Wilcox, Worth