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New FEMA Major Disaster Declarations

July 09, 2018 Print ShareThis

HUD Approves $616 Million Florida Disaster Recovery Plan

HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced on 06/28/18 he is approving a disaster recovery plan to help Floridians recover from Hurricane Irma. In November, HUD allocated $616 million to the Sunshine State to support long-term recovery efforts. Read the entire press release.

FEMA Major Disaster Declarations

Reminders for Housing Counselors

All HUD participating housing counseling agencies impacted by recent disasters are encouraged to review the Disaster Resource Page for Housing Counselors and the Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery and Emergency Preparedness Toolkit located on the HUD Exchange. It contains disaster recovery and emergency preparedness resources specifically for housing counseling programs. The toolkit provides immediate access to Disaster Recovery Flyers, the Housing Counseling Disaster Program Guide and other HUD, FEMA, and helpful resources. Also, please visit HUD's Disaster Recovery Resource Webpage for even more information. Also read the Federal Register Notice on Allocations, Common Application, Waivers, and Alternative Requirements for 2017 Disaster Community Development Block Grant Disaster (CDBG-DR) Recovery Grantees. This notice has important information for housing counseling agencies and participation in CDBG-DR related activities.

For more information, watch "How HUD Helps Communities Recover After a Disaster." This informative video will help housing counselors learn about HUD's role in disaster recovery.

Housing Counseling Handbook 7610.1, Chapter 5-11, B. 3-d, requires when any aspect an agency's purpose is impaired and can no longer comply with programmatic requirements, regulations or grant agreement (e.g., not functioning due to a disaster or emergency) the agency must notify their HUD Point of Contact (POC) within 15 days.

If your agency needs assistance on reports, grant documents, deadlines and similar issues in the aftermath of the recent disasters, please contact your HUD POC for help.

If your agency's operational status is impacted by a disaster, it is important to let your clients and partners know of changes in operating hours, locations and services.  Please place appropriate messages on your agency voicemail(s), email(s) and social media. In areas experiencing a loss of power and communications please also consider posting signage with contact and status information at your office or other appropriate emergency service centers within your community.

Please send your questions to housing.counseling@hud.gov.  Please type "Disaster Assistance" in the subject line.

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