Community Development Block Grant's Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Component: Background and Issues [August 3, 2020] [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Introduction: "Following major disasters or emergencies, Congress may appropriate disaster relief and recovery funds under preexisting authorities. A common vehicle for such actions is the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a community and economic development program administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The standing CDBG program is a flexible community development grant awarded to eligible 'entitlement communities' and states, which can be employed to respond to and/or recover from emergencies or other extraordinary situations. However, conventional CDBG funds may be insufficient to address long-term recovery from some disasters. In such instances, Congress has enacted supplemental appropriations to be used under CDBG authorities to provide additional resources for the unmet needs of affected communities. These communities are typically, but not exclusively, in areas with federal emergency or disaster declarations under the Stafford Act (P.L. 93-288, as amended). These supplemental disaster appropriations have come to be known as CDBG Disaster Recovery, or CDBG-DR."
CRS Report for Congress, R46475
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