The Oklahoma Department of Commerce - Community Development (ODOC/CD) has scheduled a CDBG Disaster Recovery (2nd Allocation) Public Hearing. In an effort to promote citizen participation in the CDBG DR Action Plan process. The Public Hearing will allow participants to make comments relating to the State’s Disaster Recovery Action Plan (2nd allocation). After the Public Hearing, per HUD established citizen participation requirements, ODOC/CD will accept “written” comments regarding the State’s Disaster Recovery Action Plan for 30 days. Once finalized, a CDBG Disaster Recovery (2nd Allocation) Action Plan will be submitted to HUD by ODOC/CD for formal approval.
EVENT: CDBG-Disaster Recovery (2nd Allocation) Public Public Hearing
LOCATION: OKC Metro Technology Center (Springlake Campus)
1900 Springlake Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Business Conference Center, Room F / G
DATE & TIME: September 3, 2014, 10:00 AM
A “DRAFT” of the State’s CDBG Disaster Recovery (2nd Allocation) Action Plan will be presented at the Public Hearing. No disaster aid will be made available until the State's Disaster Recovery Plan is formally approved by HUD.
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce/Community Development (ODOC/CD) has now received official notice (Federal Register Notice, Vol. 79, No. 106, June 3, 2014) from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) indicating that the State of Oklahoma will be eligible to receive a 2nd allocation ($83.1 million) of federal disaster funding under the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program.
The disaster aid will be provided to support long-term disaster recovery efforts in eligible designated disaster areas with demonstrated "unmet need." HUD’s supplemental CDBG disaster assistance is designed to cover "unmet needs", i.e., needs not otherwise covered by insurance, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) individual assistance, any approved SBA disaster loans or non-profit charity. HUD through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce / Community Development (ODOC/CD) will make available a total of 83.1 million dollars of disaster aid to state and local governments to meet housing, storm mitigation/resiliency and infrastructure needs beyond those addressed by other forms of public and private assistance.
Per the Federal Register Notice, the only areas in which the funding can be expended lie in Presidentially Declared Disaster areas of the state dating back from 2011 to 2013 occurring during the incident period as defined under the applicable Disaster Declaration. Within these eligible areas, the Federal Register Notice requires that a minimum of 44% of the total State CDBG-DR funding must be expended in Cleveland County and Creek Counties. The remaining funding will be available for remaining program eligible State disaster areas. With respect to CDBG-DR Program eligible activities, the State must ensure that at least 50% of its CDBG-DR grant funds are used for activities that benefit low- and moderate- income ("LMI") persons. LMI persons are defined for the purposes of the CDBG-DR Program as persons and families whose income does not exceed 80% of the area median income ("AMI"), as determined by HUD. This 50% requirement applies to the State's expenditure of the entirety of the funding and does not apply to each individual program or activity.
The State previously received the 1st allocation ($10.6 million) of federal disaster funding (Federal Register Notice at Vol. 78, No. 241, December 16, 2013) for disaster aid in areas impacted by the Oklahoma storms that occurred from May 18 to June 2, 2013. This 1st allocation of federal disaster funding has been obligated in its entirety under an HUD approved CDBG-DR Action Plan.