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Community Development Block Grants: Disaster Recovery

The Hurricane Sandy CDBG Disaster Recovery Action Plan V8 is available for public comment through 3 PM on August 16th.  A Public Hearing on the amended Action Plan will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 2 PM in DOA, conference room C, 2nd Floor.

The amended 2010 Floods CDBG Disaster Recovery Action Plan is available for public comment through 3 PM on June 27th. 

Hurricane Sandy Project Forms

OHCD will continue to accept proposals for eligible activities that meet the CDBG national objective of predominately benefitting low and moderate income persons, on a rolling basis until all grant funds have been obligated. As of February 17, 2015, OHCD will no longer accept new proposals for eligible activities that meet the Urgent Need CDBG national objective. Previously proposed Urgent Need activities may still receive new or supplemental funds. OCHD reserves the option to consider new planning-only activities. Applicants are advised to submit complete application materials by August 1, 2016 for maximum consideration. Links to the application forms are below.

Staff Contact
Laura Sullivan CDBG-DR Program Manager
(401) 222-6844

June House, CDBG-DR Technical Assistance & Compliance Specialist
(401) 222-2079

Disaster Recovery

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced three separate allocations of Hurricane Sandy Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for Rhode Island, bringing the State's total Sandy CDBG-DR award to $19,911,000. 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.

Eligible Activities

CDBG-DR funds may be used to support a variety of activities, including:

  • Restoring Public Facilities and Infrastructure;
  • Housing Rehabilitation/Replacement;
  • Property Acquisition;
  • Economic Revitalization; and
  • Recovery Planning.

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). 

Hurricane Sandy CDBG-DR Allocation

Refer to CDBG-DR Sandy Action Plan V6 (April 2016) for grant information. 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 washingtoncountycdc@gmail.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.   

RI Commerce 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.

March 2010 Flood Activities

Specific activities were funded through a competitive grant application process open to all Rhode Island municipalities in 2011 and 2012.  Funded activities include:

  • River Wall Repair/Improvements in Pawtucket;
  • Stormwater Infrastructure Repair/Improvements in Bristol, East Providence, Johnston, West Warwick, and Westerly;
  • Debris Removal in Richmond;
  • Life/Safety Infrastructure Improvements in Richmond, West Warwick, and Westerly;
  • Residential Rehabilitation/Reconstruction in Narragansett, Richmond, and Westerly;
  • Acquisition and Clearance of Floodplain Properties in Cranston and Cumberland; and
  • Flood Mitigation Planning Studies in Cumberland and Johnston.

Many of these activities are underway or substantially complete; however, some are undergoing environmental reviews. 

Disaster Housing Planning

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.

CDBG-DR Resources: General

CDBG-DR Resources: Hurricane Sandy

CDBG-DR Resources: 2010 Floods

Quarterly Progress Reports

Hurricane Sandy

2010 Floods