The Oklahoma Department of Commerce - Community Development (ODOC/CD) has scheduled a CDBG National Disaster Resiliency Competition NDRC (Phase I) Public Hearing. The NDRC (Phase I) Public Hearing is part of an outreach effort to promote citizen participation and public awareness in the Phase I stage of the State’s participation in the National Disaster Resiliency Competition. The Public Hearing will allow participants to make comments relating to the State’s proposed CDBG National Disaster Resiliency Competition’s (Phase I) application. After the Public Hearing, per HUD established citizen participation requirements, ODOC/CD will accept “written” comments regarding the State’s CDBG NDRC (Phase I) application for 15 days. Once finalized, a formal CDBG NDRC (Phase I) application will be submitted to HUD by ODOC/CD for formal rating by the March 16, 2015 deadline.
The National Disaster Resiliency Competition is a national competition sponsored in conjunction with HUD and the Rockefeller Foundation which requires “innovative” practices to be applied to eligible disaster resiliency efforts. The National Disaster Resiliency Competition is part of a HUD scored two phase formal application process which is based on HUD’s Community Development Block Grant program. HUD will rate all submitted NDRC (Phase I) applications and the finalists will then be eligible to submit a NDRC (Phase II) application, which again like that of Phase I application, will be rated competitively. Finalists from Phase II of the NDRC application process will then be eligible for funding of their respective disaster resiliency projects.The State of Oklahoma through primary partnership with The City of Oklahoma City is proposing a pilot program consisting of a “one-water” approach to water supply, distribution, treatment, stormwater management, and flood prevention that in times of storm events, transforms water from a threat into an asset while building long-term water supply security and enhancing economic opportunity and security for the most vulnerable and disaster impacted populations. Additionally, the NDRC funding will provide for a “best practices” approach to disaster resiliency. Building on the knowledge gained from Oklahoma City’s “best practices”, the State believes that these “best practices” will lead to scalable water projects that will be of benefit to smaller communities throughout Oklahoma when funding permits.
EVENT: CDBG National Disaster Resiliency Competition (Phase I) Public Hearing
LOCATION: Moore/Norman Technology Center (Franklin Road Campus in Norman)
4701 12th Avenue Northwest, Norman, OK 73069
Main Building / Second Floor / Room A200
DATE & TIME: February 19, 2015, 1:00 PM
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.