Flexible grants to help communities recover from presidentially declared disasters, especially in
low- and moderate-income areas.
Nature of Program
: This funding is not permanently authorized. When major disasters occur,
Congress may appropriate additional funding for the CDBG program as Disaster Recovery
grants to rebuild the affected areas and bring crucial seed money to stimulate recovery. Past
appropriations have provided funds for disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of
infrastructure, housing, economic revitalization, and mitigation.
HUD publishes allocations and grant requirements in notices in the Federal Register. Generally,
CDBG requirements apply unless modified by an appropriations statute, waiver, or alternative
requirement. CDBG-DR Assistance is also subject to some of the requirements of the Robert T.
Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) that apply to Federal
Because CDBG funds a broad range of activities, CDBG-DR assistance helps communities and
neighborhoods that otherwise might not recover due to limits on other resources. CDBG-DR
grants supplement insurance and disaster programs of the Federal Emergency Management
Agency, the Small Business Administration, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
: Appropriations language determines applicant eligibility. Historically,
recipients have included states and local governments in places that have been declared by the
President of the United States as major disaster areas pursuant to the Stafford Act. Some
appropriations acts have restricted recipients to states or geographically limited the use of funds
to most impacted and distressed areas within counties with major disaster declarations. HUD
generally awards noncompetitive, nonrecurring CDBG-DR grants by a formula that considers
disaster recovery needs unmet by other Federal disaster assistance programs.
: Public laws making CDBG-DR appropriations (Public Laws 115-123 and
115-56, which are subject to certain requirements of Public Laws 115-141 and 115-72, and
Public Laws 115-31, 114-254, 114-223, 114-113, 113-2, 112-55, 111-212, 110-329, 110-252,
110-116, 109-234, 109-148, 108-324, 107-206, 107-117, 107-73, 107-38, 106-31, 105-277, 105-
276, 105-174, 105-18, 104-134, 104-19, 103-327, 103-211, 103-75, and 103-50); provisions of
title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5301, et seq.) (made
applicable by appropriations acts unless waived); certain provisions of the Robert T. Stafford
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121, et seq.).
: Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development; HUD
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