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Disaster Recovery Buyout Program Design and Implementation Toolkit


Date Published: March 2013


This toolkit is intended for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grantees to use in designing and implementing a buyout program. Grantees can use CDBG-DR funds to buy properties, both commercial and residential, in a target area with the intent to demolish the structures and create park amenities, open space, or flood storage/overflow areas. Such programs are typically part of a multi-pronged approach to community revitalization that includes relocation of residents and businesses in addition to business development activities. Buyout programs are especially effective in communities that have endured multiple disasters in the same neighborhood in the recent past, or sustained severe damage where there is high risk of additional disasters, such as a 100-year flood plain. These programs can help reduce the impact of future disasters while encouraging targeted revitalization efforts and public spaces.

This toolkit is part of the CDBG-DR Toolkits.

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