About the program
In July 2021, the Oregon Legislature allocated $150 million through HB 5006 to support Wildfire Recovery Housing Programs at OHCS. OHCS was able to draw upon the work of the Oregon Disaster Housing Task Force and the Disaster Housing Recovery Action Plan to begin programming these legislative resources immediately.
In September 2021, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution appropriating $5 billion in relief for states that experienced presidentially declared disasters in 2020 and 2021.
On November 1, 2021, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it is approving the allocation of more than $422 million of the original $5 billion federal appropriation for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) and Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) to Oregon for recovery efforts due to the 2020 Labor Day wildfires.
CDBG-DR program funds are used to help those most impacted, especially low-income residents needing housing recovery assistance. CDBG-MIT funds are used to assess risks in affected communities and help make them more resilient to current and future risks.
Timeline and Requirements
The Federal Register will provide the timeline and requirements of the program. For more details about CDBG-DR and CDBG-MIT, visit the HUD Exchange.
Based on previous Federal Register requirements, Oregon will need to complete several tasks before receiving CDBG-DR. This includes conducting an Unmet and Mitigation Needs Assessment and developing an Action Plan that identifies how the state will utilize CDBG-DR funds to address unmet disaster recovery and mitigation needs.
Unmet Needs Analysis: The state must conduct an analysis of the impact the disaster had and the resulting needs that have not been addressed through other funding sources.
Mitigation Needs Assessment: For the first time, Congress has included mitigation funds with CDBG-DR funding to help communities be better prepared to withstand future disasters. This is good news for Oregon, but it also means the state must assess its risks, working with local jurisdictions and communities across the impacted areas.
Action Plan: Once unmet and mitigation needs are identified, the state will develop programs to meet those needs and create an Action Plan. The plan will outline how CDBG-DR and CDBG-MIT funds will be utilized across programs and distributed in the impacted areas. Once the Action Plan is developed, it will be shared with the public to collect feedback on the plan. After a 60-day public comment period, feedback will be incorporated into the plan, and it will be submitted to HUD for review and approval.
Community participation is encouraged throughout the whole process. The state is required to develop a Citizen Participation Plan that describes how the public will be informed and engaged throughout the grant's lifecycle. Before the action plan is finalized, the public will be invited to review and submit feedback on a draft plan.