DCTA Program Resources

Resources, webinars, reports, and other information are provided to support Distressed Cities Technical Assistance (DCTA) grantees and smaller distressed communities recently impacted by a natural disaster. Each section features COVID-19 related information.

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COVID-19 Resources and Guidance

HUD COVID-19 Resources and Fact Sheets

This page provides information and resources from HUD on responding to COVID-19.

National Association of Counties COVID-19 Resources

This page provides COVID-19 resources for counties that support over 900 hospitals and operate over 1,900 public health departments.

Natural Hazards Center COVID-19 Resources

This page provides a wide range of COVID-19 resources made available from public and private entities.

Council of Development Finance Agencies COVID-19 Resource Center

This Resource Center provides resources and information for development finance professionals on mitigating the impacts of COVID-19.

Housing Assistance Council COVID-19 Resources and Response

This page provides regular updates on the fight against COVID-19 in rural communities, along with resources and materials communities can use to prepare for and respond to the crisis.

National Housing Conference COVID-19 Housing Resource Center

This Resource Center has over 500 resources, including webinar recordings, articles, and more.

Novogradac COVID-19 Resources

This website offers updates on community development, affordable housing, and renewable energy related to COVID-19.

National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative COVID-19 Tribal Elder Resources

The National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative provides COVID-19 Tribal Elder Resources, such as resources and information for Native American elders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page provides guidance on social distancing, food security, and mental health for Native elders.

The U.S. Department of Labor | FFCRA

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements.

Effective dates: These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.

General HUD Resources and Guidance

HUD Disaster Resources

This page provides a variety of HUD disaster resources and partners with federal and state agencies to help implement disaster recovery assistance.

State CDBG Information and Resources

This page provides an overview of and resources related to the State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which offers grants to non-entitlement areas (cities with a population less than 50,000 and counties with a population less than 200,000) for housing, community services, and job retention.

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Basically CDBG for States - Support to Implement State CDBG Programs

This training was developed to guide and assist State CDBG grantees in the implementation of their programs. From national objectives and eligible activities to the details of administration, financial management, and other federal requirements, these resources are valuable for every State CDBG program practitioner.

CDBG-DR General Overview

This resource provides a general overview of the CDBG Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program, including a brief synopsis of the history of the program, a summary of the objectives of the program, the rules and requirements of the program, and a summary of the process for implementing disaster recovery activities. View the CDBG-DR page on the HUD Exchange for more information.

ICDBG Information and Resources

This page provides an overview of and resources related to the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program, which provides eligible grantees with direct grants for use in developing viable Indian and Alaska Native Communities, including decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities, primarily for low- and moderate-income persons.

Webinars and Events

Upcoming Webinars and Events

Solutions for Housing Communications Convening

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 10:30 AM - 6:00 PM EDT

The National Housing Conference has announced that the Solutions for Housing Communications convening will now take place virtually on Zoom. A dynamic lineup of speakers are eager to discuss topics on advocating for vulnerable populations during COVID-19, messaging for affordable housing, digital media strategies, and more.

Reinventing Our Communities: Planning for Equity in Recovery – Lessons We’re Learning from COVID-19 Webinar

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM EDT

The Philadelphia Fed will host a webinar where leading experts Raghuram G. Rajan, Heather Boushey, and Andre Perry will share how local communities can advance policies and programs that promote equity in recovery.

Reimagined in America: Taking a Well-Being Approach Webinar

Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 1:30 PM EDT

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will offer a discussion about what U.S. communities can learn from cities and countries around the world, like Scotland and Bhutan, which are reorienting policies, programs, and budgets to put the well-being of people and the planet at the center of all decisions.

Previously Recorded Webinars and Events

OLHCHH and Partners: Healthy Homes COVID-19 Webinars

On May 4-6, 2020, HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) and the National Healthy Homes Partnership at the University of Missouri presented three webinars on COVID-19 mitigation and disinfecting strategies for multifamily and public housing developments. These webinars and related handouts were presented in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control Waterborne Disease Branch (CDC WDB) and Washington State Department of Health.

Using State CDBG to Promote Economic Development Webinar

In this HUD webinar, presenters provide an overview of how to use State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to promote economic development.

Eviction Prevention Toolkit Webinar

In this Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) webinar, Barbara Geries from Champlain Housing Trust and Harold Nassau from The Consortium for Housing Asset Management (CHAM) discuss the value of operating an Eviction Prevention Program (EPP), provide basic information about program structuring, and give examples of existing programs.

Accessory Dwelling Units Webinar

In this LISC webinar, two Rubinger Fellows speak about how they’re leveraging Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in their unique markets. Affordable housing is becoming increasingly hard to find throughout many growing cities around the country. ADUs offer an alternative to customary housing units, taking the form of basement apartments, living units above the garage, new detached units, or 'tiny houses' built in the backyard of an existing home.

Studies, Reports, and Tools

COVID-19 Studies, Reports, and Tools

Housing Assistance Council: COVID-19 Reported Cases in Rural America

This website reports on COVID-19 cases in rural areas across America. The site includes maps and charts looking at changes over time, comparing non-metro to metro cases, and examining rural per capita COVID-19 rates. This website is based on data collected by the New York Times.

The Journal of Rural Health: Unequal Distribution of COVID-19 Risk among Rural Residents by Race and Ethnicity

The Journal of Rural Health has published a study on the COVID-19 risk in rural communities by race and ethnicity. The paper highlights the different issues that influence the health outcomes of people of color and Indigenous people living in rural areas during COVID-19.

The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank: COVID-19 Equity in Recovery

The Philadelphia Fed has released a series of briefs to identify those most at economic risk from COVID-19 and set a policy framework for a more equitable recovery. 

FHFA Multifamily Lookup Tools

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced on May 4, 2020 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have created online multifamily property lookup tools to help renters find out if they are protected from evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The tools allow renters to determine if the property they live in is financed by one of the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) and thus included in the eviction moratorium under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

General Studies, Reports, and Tools

How Small Towns and Cities Use Local Assets to Rebuild Economies

This study, commissioned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), highlights successful strategies small cities and towns use to promote economic development. The study focuses on how these places emphasize existing assets and distinctive resources to complement a broad economic strategy.

HUD Community Resilience Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to assist communities in enhancing their resilience to climate-related natural hazard risks. Local governments can use the toolkit to identify natural hazard risks and resilience actions that can be integrated into existing programs.

Assess Capacity with SWOT Analysis

This tool guides you through a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis to collect and organize information to explore new opportunities, make decisions about new strategies, identify areas for change, and refine and redirect current efforts with new solutions. Factors include priority needs, market conditions, geographic targets, potential partners, and HUD resources.

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

These interactive tools can be used to help you understand and address your community’s climate risks.

Funding Opportunities Targeting Small Distressed Cities

Upcoming COVID-19 Deadlines

Central Carolina Community Foundation | One SC Fund COVID-19 Response

The One SC Fund is currently activated to fund statewide COVID-19 response efforts. The funds will be granted to nonprofits to respond to community needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deadline: May 30, 2020

Other Upcoming Funding Deadlines

USDA | Food and Nutrition Service Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering funding through the Summer Food Service Program to provide free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need during the summer months.

Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

HHS-HRSA | Telehealth Network Grant Program

This HHS-HRSA notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP). The funding opportunity is aimed towards promoting rural tele-emergency services with an emphasis on tele-stroke, tele-behavioral health, and tele-emergency medical services (Tele-EMS). This will be achieved by enhancing telehealth networks to deliver 24-hour emergency department (ED) consultation services via telehealth to rural providers without emergency care specialists.

Deadline: June 15, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor | WORC Initiative

The Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Initiative is seeking to fund projects supporting rural communities in aligning workforce development efforts with economic development plans, serving the Appalachian and Lower Mississippi Delta region that were hard-hit by economic transition and are recovering slowly. State and government entities, Native American Tribal governments and organizations, and educational institutions are eligible.

Deadline: July 29, 2020