In response to Hurricane Sandy, President Obama signed into law the "Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013" (Public Law 113-2) on January 29, 2013, providing $16 billion in Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to repair and restore areas affected by Hurricane Sandy (this amount was later reduced to $15.2 billion due to sequestration) and other nationwide disasters. Of this amount, the City of New York, along with New Jersey and New York State received the largest allocations from the Federal government.
CDBG-DR funds are a derivative of the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Using the existing CDBG regulatory structure, the CDBG-DR program provides flexibility that allows communities to address a wide range of community development needs in the aftermath of a disaster.
The City has developed and deployed programs with its $4.2 billion in CDBG-DR funding to rehabilitate and rebuild safe and resilient housing, assist displaced tenants, provide financial and technical assistance to impacted businesses, enhance business and community resiliency, bolster coastal defenses, and reconstruct or reinforce vulnerable infrastructure.
You can read more about the programs being funded in the City's CDBG-DR Action Plan by exploring the Housing, Business, Infrastructure and Other City Services, and Resiliency programs the City's CDBG-DR grant is funding, or read about the City's recovery progress on our Reporting page.
For more background information on CDBG-DR funds, please visit HUD Exchange.
In addition to CDBG-DR funds, the City is the recipient of an $176 million award from HUD's National Disaster Resiliency (NDR) Competition. You can read more about the City’s NDR award by visiting our National Disaster Resiliency page.