Results of BPC’s Survey of HUD CDBG-DR Recipients

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) may be the answer to many prayers, but it’s a long, slow process to see funding appear where the rubber meets the road – in helping communities and individuals.

While the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides more relief to communities than citizens, it is the HUD program that can lift people from the depths of a disaster, if they can survive months, even years, waiting for help. to arrive.

See the survey results below which are summarized, then the link to the full survey by the Bipartisan Policy Center


To shed light on the work of ourDisaster Response Reform Task Force and understanding how HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program can better support communities as they recover from devastating and deadly disasters, BPC interviewed CDBG-DR program grantees, including managers state and local grants. The investigationidentified the main benefits and challenges associated with the program, as well as priorities for reform.

Overall, survey respondents expressed support for HUD’s role in federal disaster recovery efforts, particularly those focused on housing, but also expressed a distinct need for changes to expedite the recovery process. reprise :

  • 94% of survey respondents said CDBG-DR funding was very or somewhat important to the recovery of their state or community, with 69% citing housing as the most important unmet need addressed by this funding.
  • 86% of survey respondents said it was important for HUD to take an active role in providing disaster assistance and that HUD was better positioned than FEMA to provide housing assistance in medium- and long-term disasters.
  • “From disaster strike to initial Congressional allocation” was cited as the period responsible for the greatest delays in the grant process, followed by “from HUD funding allocation to award of the HUD”.
  • Permanent statutory authorization of the CDBG-DR program and greater standardization had the most support of all the proposed reforms.

See the full survey results.

Eric Holdman

Eric Holdeman is a contributing editor to Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Washington, Office of Emergency Management.

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