Community development includes more than just new development. It also includes ensuring that communities can bounce back after disasters strike.
“A resilient community is able to resist and rapidly recover from disasters or other shocks with minimal outside assistance. Reducing current and future risk is essential to the long-term vitality, economic well-being, and security of all communities. By identifying future risk and vulnerabilities, resilient recovery planning can maximize preparedness, save lives, and bring benefits to a community long after recovery projects are complete."
- 2015 National Disaster Resilience Competition Application
To that end, HCD works to help communities recover after disasters (such as droughts, fires, and floods) by administering special, federal funds, as well as applying for federal funds.
Disaster recovery resources include:
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – California Disaster Declarations (sortable)
- Small Business Administration – Office of Disaster Assistance
- Wildfire Disaster Recovery Strategy Template – Coming soon.
- CEQA Exemptions for Disaster Recovery, Technical Advisory (PDF) – Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR)
Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR)
When a presidential declaration of disaster is made, CDBG-DR may appropriated by Congress through HUD for jurisdictions experiencing disasters. The amount awarded is based on” unmet recovery need” calculations in conjunction with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) data for each declared disaster. For more information see the CDBG-DR webpage.
National Disaster Resiliency Competition (NDRC)
A $1 billion federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The National Disaster Recovery Competition (NDRC) provides grants to communities to rebuild in a more resilient way following major disasters. California is receiving more than $70 million for an innovative disaster recovery and resilience program in Tuolumne County following the devastating 2013 Rim Fire. Learn more .
Other Disaster Funding (Special NOFAs)
Disaster related NOFAs from HCD programs other than CDBG-DR