Distressed Cities Technical Assistance

The Distressed Cities Technical Assistance (DCTA) Program is designed to build the administrative capacity of smaller distressed communities recently impacted by a natural disaster. The focus of this TA includes financial management, economic development, and disaster recovery planning.

This program has three main goals:

  1. 1Adopt effective, efficient, and sustainable financial management practices. This includes the management of disaster recovery and resilience funds;
  2. 2Build capacity for financial management, economic revitalization, affordable housing, and disaster recovery and resilience by building partnerships with public agencies, community members, non-profits, and private organizations; and
  3. 3Improve knowledge of federal development programs. This includes indirect subsidy sources, such as Opportunity Zones and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit.

This program also allows HUD to develop a set of best practices and recommendations to share with other communities facing similar challenges.

Learn More

Want to learn more about the DCTA Program, including program basics, terminology, eligibility and selection criteria, and technical assistance?

View the DCTA Fact Sheet


Eligibility Criteria

Distressed Community

Meets at least one of these criteria:

  • Average unemployment rate of 9 percent or more over the past 3 years, using American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates.
    Visit https://factfinder.census.gov/ to locate ACS 5-Year Estimates. You may find this data in the table titled: "Employment Status" for your community.

  • A poverty rate of 20 percent or more among individuals not enrolled in higher education, as of the most recent ACS 5-Year Estimates.
    Visit https://factfinder.census.gov/ to locate this data. You may find this data in the table titled: "Poverty Status in the Past 12 Months by School Enrollment by Level of School for the Population 3 Years and Over" for your community.

  • A population decline of 5 percent or more between the 2010 Decennial Census and the most recent ACS 5-Year Estimates.
    Visit https://data.census.gov to locate Decennial Census data and https://factfinder.census.gov/ to locate ACS 5-Year Estimates.

Impacted by Natural Disaster

Community is in a county that experienced a Presidentially declared disaster 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.

Population Size

Community's population is less than 40,000 people, according to the most recent ACS 5-Year Estimates.

Visit https://data.census.gov to locate the total population for your community.


Request Technical Assistance

If your community meets these criteria and may benefit from Distressed Cities TA, you may request TA via an email to distressedcities@hud.gov. In your email, please include the following information:

  • Name of Unit of General Local Government:
    e.g., City, County, Township, Village, etc., for example Sample City

  • State:

  • HUD Field Office:
    Note: It is strongly encouraged that you contact your HUD Field Office prior to submitting a request for TA

  • Point of Contact:
    Name, Title, Organization, Email, Phone Number

  • HUD Background:
    i.e., Dates and details of TA consultations in past 3 years

  • Unemployment Rate:
    If your community’s average unemployment rate is 9 percent or more over the past 3 years, please provide the average unemployment rate from the most recent ACS 5-Year Estimates.

  • Poverty Rate:
    If your community’s poverty rate is 20 percent or more among individuals not enrolled in higher education, please provide the community poverty rate from the most recent ACS 5-Year Estimates.

  • Population Decline %:
    If your community’s population declined 5 percent or more between the 2010 Decennial Census and the most recent ACS 5-Year Estimates, please provide the population decline (as a percentage) since 2010.

  • Disaster Number:
    If your community has experienced a major presidentially declared disaster since 2015, please provide the disaster number.

  • Total Population:
    If your community’s total population is at or under 40,000, please provide the total population from the most recent ACS 5-Year Estimates.

  • Please list the topic(s) for which the recipient community needs assistance:

  • Please attach any relevant documents (e.g., audits, assessments, reports).

Only Units of General Local Government are eligible to receive this TA. Please do not submit a request to the Distressed Cities email if you are not a representative of a Unit of General Local Government or from a HUD Field Office.

Questions?

Review the FAQs to get answers to common questions.

View the DCTA FAQs


If you have questions about this TA after reviewing the FAQs, you can email the Distressed Cities Team.

Email the Distressed Cities Team