Laura Sullivan CDBG-DR Program Manager
On October 28, 2013, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a new allocation of $16,000,000 in Hurricane Sandy Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for Rhode Island, bringing the State's total Sandy CDBG-DR award to $19,240,000. Previously, the State of Rhode Island received $8,935,237 in federal CDBG-DR funding to address the impacts of the March 2010 floods. These funds may not be applied to recovery activities associated with other disasters, unless otherwise specified.
CDBG-DR funds may be used to support a variety of activities, including:
Unless specifically waived by the federal government, CDBG program guidelines, including national objective requirements, apply. The Cities of Cranston ($1,277,067) and Warwick ($2,787,697) received separate CDBG-DR allocations for the March 2010 floods. No Rhode Island municipalities received separate allocations for Hurricane Sandy recovery.
CDBG-DR funds are intended to support long-term recovery from a natural disaster. Short term/emergency assistance is available through other sources, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
CDBG-DR Sandy Action Plan V3 (draft February 2014) – Version 3 is available for public comment through Marcy 17, 2014. Version 2c shall remain in effect until HUD approves an amended plan. All prior versions of the Hurricane Sandy CDBG-DR Action Plan are available below. Substantially amended versions are designated by a number (e.g. V1, V2). Versions with only minor amendments are designated by a letter (e.g. V2b, V2c).
Hurricane Sandy CDBG-DR funding is available statewide. However, 80% of the allocation is reserved for activities in Washington County, designated a “most impacted and distressed county.” Eligible disasters include Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, and the February 2013 Winter Storm (Nemo).
If your primary residence was damaged by Hurricane Sandy and your household is low/moderate income, you may be eligible for a CDBG-DR grant to assist with repairs/improvements. South County: For applications and more information, contact Washington County Community Development Corp. (WCCDC) at 667-7185 or email@example.com. Newport County: For applications and more information, contact Church Community Housing Corp. (CHCC) at 846-5114, or visit http://www.cchcnewport.org/.
Other Hurricane Sandy Resources
A variety of other resources are available to assist individuals, businesses, and municipalities with recovery. Eligibility for federal disaster programs is limited to specific counties. Application deadlines may have passed.
Rental assistance, grants, and loans are available through FEMA and SBA to eligible residents of Newport and Washington Counties that register for FEMA Individual Assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
R.I. Economic Development Corporation established the Hurricane Sandy Emergency Loan Fund for businesses.
R.I. Department of Labor and Training connects eligible employers with Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance and municipal governments and State agencies with temporary staff under a National Emergency Grant.
R.I. Emergency Management Agency has information on FEMA Public Assistance and other programs for municipal governments, eligible non-profit organizations, and State agencies.
R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission is administering a Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grant for Historic Properties in accordance with National Park Service regulations.
Specific activities were funded through a competitive grant application process open to all Rhode Island municipalities in 2011 and 2012. Funded activities include:
Many of these activities are underway or substantially complete; however, some are undergoing environmental reviews.
The Office of Housing and Community Development, in conjunction with RIEMA, has established a Disaster Housing Task Force (DHTF). DHTF members representing volunteer organizations, the private sector, and federal, State, and local governments are in the process of creating a Disaster Housing Framework for Rhode Island.
R.I. Department of Health maintains a Special Needs Emergency Registry for Rhode Islanders with disabilities, chronic conditions, and other special healthcare needs. Rhode Island residents with special needs are encouraged to enroll.