CDBG Entitlement FAQ

A hurricane caused a great deal of damage in our community but not enough to receive a Presidential declaration. Can I still consider this an urgent need?

Date Published: May 2015

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Code enforcement may meet the urgent need national objective if the grantee is able to certify the following:

  • The buildings inspected pose a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community.
  • The disastrous occurrence is of a recent origin (within 18 months before the grantee’s certification), or the disastrous occurrence recently became urgent. 
  • The grantee is unable to finance the activity on its own and no other funding resources are available.

For states, the unit of general local government must certify the requirements above and the state must make the final determination of eligibility under the urgent need national objective. 

If CDBG-Disaster Recovery funds are used, contact your Field Office for further direction. The requirements to document urgent need may differ and may depend on the requirements that apply to the specific appropriation of disaster recovery funds involved.

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