The Distressed Cities Technical Assistance (DCTA) program is designed to improve fiscal health and build administrative capacity of relatively small units of general local government (UGLGs or local governments) that are economically distressed and have been recently impacted by a natural disaster.
DCTA considers good fiscal health, strong financial performance, and effective financial management practices to be the foundation for local governments to successfully implement projects and goals. These are viewed as the central components of the technical assistance (TA) offered through this program. Other possible areas of TA under this program include economic stabilization and recovery, federal development programs, affordable housing financing, community engagement practices, cross-sector partnerships, and plan implementation.
Please note, approved TA engagements begin with an assessment of your local government’s fiscal health and financial management practices.
This program is designed to help small UGLGs:
This program allows HUD to develop a set of best practices and recommendations to share with other communities facing similar challenges.
The first phase of DCTA is a capacity needs assessment (CNA). To learn more about the CNA process, as well as the financial management component of the CNA, view the resources below.
If you have any questions about the DCTA program please contact the DCTA Team at email@example.com.
Meets at least one of these criteria:
Impacted by a Natural Disaster
Community is in a county that has a Major Disaster Declaration from 2015 onward.
Visit www.fema.gov/disasters to see if your community meets this eligibility criteria. You will need the four-digit Disaster Declaration Number (DR number) for the most recent disaster in your county to request Distressed Cities TA.
Please note, if your community experienced a disaster in the last calendar year and is dealing with urgent service and infrastructure recovery, this program may not be the most appropriate at this time. Please consider your current needs and priorities prior to requesting assistance under this program.
Community's population is less than 40,000 people, according to the most recent ACS 5-Year Estimates.
Communities with populations between 8,000 and 40,000 will be prioritized for TA under this program. The DCTA Team is working on alternative resources to assist communities with populations under 8,000.
Visit https://data.census.gov to locate the total population for your community.
If your community meets these criteria and may benefit from Distressed Cities TA, you may request TA via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is recommended that your city manager, mayor, or the equivalent submit the request for TA. This person will be encouraged to participate in preliminary phone calls with the DCTA Team. The request must be submitted by an employee of the UGLG.
The request must be submitted as a PDF document which includes the following details:
These are required documents for consideration. If, for example, your most recent financial audit was five years ago, the DCTA Team is still requiring you to submit that audit report.
If you do not have a current organizational chart, you may provide a written description of your organizational structure. This description should be no longer than 500 words.
Contact email@example.com if you have questions about the requested information.