SECTION 1: General Overview

This guidance is designed for recipients of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds. Learn more about the requirements in the CDBG-DR Consolidated Notice and how to meet the requirements throughout each phase of the grant process—pre-award grantee submissions; grantee steps and timelines; and action plan development, submittal, and implementation.

CDBG-DR Authorities 

CDBG-DR funds are subject to Title I of the HCDA, (42 U.S.C. § 5301 et seq.) and the CDBG regulations at 24 CFR Part 570, unless modified by waivers and alternative requirements. CDBG-DR appropriation statutes typically grant the Secretary the authority to impose alternative requirements and waive statutes or regulations administered by the Secretary. Statutory requirements and waivers granted by HUD may vary from one disaster to the next. The Consolidated Notice combines waivers and alternative requirements from previous Federal Register notices and CPD Notices governing past CDBG-DR funds. These waivers and alternative requirements are based on the knowledge of the needs of grantees and previous waivers and alternative requirements that were issued contemporaneously with determinations by the Secretary regarding good cause and consistency with the overall purposes of HCDA. 

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HUD typically provides certain waivers and alternative requirements for all CDBG-DR grantees receiving funds for a particular disaster; however, HUD also reviews and acts on individual grantees’ requests for other waivers and alternative requirements on a case-by-case basis. Not all grantee requests are approved. 

Additionally, The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.) (“Stafford Act”) provides the framework for Federal disaster assistance and sets forth the process by which the President declares a major disaster. Although the Stafford Act is largely devoted to programs administered by FEMA, certain sections apply more generally to all disaster assistance. In particular, CDBG-DR grantees must adhere to section 312 of the Stafford Act, which prohibits duplication of benefits.

Key Roles of HUD and the Grantee

HUD is authorized to allocate and award CDBG-DR grants when Congress makes funds available. HUD’s responsibilities include:

  • Establishing requirements for use of the funds, through waiver and alternative requirements (including those requested by individual grantees), published in the Federal Register or on HUD’s website,

  • Reviewing CDBG-DR action plans and managing CDBG-DR funds,

  • Providing technical assistance on eligible uses of grant funds, and

  • Monitoring CDBG-DR grantees’ use of CDBG-DR funds to ensure performance and compliance.

Since CDBG-DR funds are provided as a block grant, the CDBG-DR grantee has the primary responsibility to oversee and administer the use of funds for the disaster-related purposes that the funds were made available.

  • Designing and implementing recovery programs to meet unmet recovery needs;

  • Overseeing the CDBG-DR grant to ensure that CDBG-DR funds are used in accordance with all program requirements, including establishing internal controls;

  • Providing technical assistance to, and oversight of, CDBG-DR subrecipients;

  • Tracking CDBG-DR assisted activities and reporting the data in the Disaster Recovery Grant Reporting (DRGR) system; and

  • Maintaining paper or electronic records of assisted activities sufficient for HUD to determine compliance in accordance with CDBG-DR recordkeeping requirements.

A Guide on How CDBG-DR Grantees Can Meet the Requirements of the Consolidated Notice