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CDBG-DR Training - April 23-24, 2008

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April 24, 2008


New Orleans, LA

HUD conducted CDBG Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program compliance training in New Orleans on April 23-24, 2008. This training consisted of a series of sessions on topics of interest to grantees receiving CDBG Disaster Recovery funds. Presenters included HUD staff and grantees from the 9/11 and Gulf Coast hurricane recovery efforts.

Training session presentation slides and other resources are provided to assist grantees in understanding the subject areas.

Session: Basic CDBG Framework and Disaster Recovery Waivers

Congress appropriates special CDBG funds for disaster recovery. Grantees develop disaster recovery plans and identify a list of required waivers for their programs, which may be managed by ether the State or local government, depending on the appropriation language. Projects may be contracted out and funds subgranted. Resources on this subject include:

Slides | Disaster Recovery Waivers for Gulf Coast Recovery

Session: Performance Management of Other Entities

Disaster Recovery CDBG grantees that award funds to subrecipients or contractors are required to track performance at all levels throughout the life of the activity in every contact with the subrecipient, unit of general local government (UGLG), or contractor. Resources on this subject include:


Session: Environmental Review Process of Responsible Entities

Federally funded projects require environmental reviews to determine the applicability of Federal environmental laws and policies. Those projects involving construction often require more extensive examination to determine both the impact of environmental conditions on the proposed project and the potential impact of the proposed project on the environment. These requirements are established and outlined in the National Environmental Policy Act 1969 and 24 CFR Part 85. Resources on this subject include:

Case Study on Environmental Review: Waterfront Project

Session: Uniform Relocation Act

The Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act (URA) of 1970 and associated regulations protect the rights of property owners affected by Federally funded projects and provide assistance to persons displaced by those projects. Waivers may affect how these requirements apply to Federally funded disaster recovery projects. Resources on this subject include:

Acquisition and Relocation Requirements and Waivers Slides
Disaster Recovery Waivers - From Plan to Implementation: Lessons Learned Slides

Session: Davis-Bacon and Federal Labor Requirement

Davis-Bacon wage rate requirements apply to many contractors and subcontractors for Federally funded construction projects. Grantees are responsible for ensuring compliance with these requirements by including applicable language in procurement actions and contracts as well as developing systems to monitor compliance with wage requirements. Resources on this subject include:


Session: Civil Rights

The Civil Rights and Fair Housing Acts affect CDBG programs in a number of ways. These include requirements to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH) in Action Plans and PHA plans. Steps in this process include the analysis of impediments for accessibility in multifamily (MF) housing developments. Resources on these subjects include:

Requirements for Accessibility in Multifamily Housing Slides

Session: Economic Development - Job Creation and Retention

Except as modified by a disaster recovery waivers, CDBG used for economic development must meet a national objective, be an eligible activity, and meet public benefit standards. Resources on this subject include:

Case Study: East Grand Forks, ND Downtown Revitalization
Case Study: 9/11 Small Firm Assistance Grants (NYC)
Case Study: 9/11 Business Recovery Grants (NYC)
Case Study: Fulton Corridor Revitalization (NYC)
Case Study: Chinatown Tourism (NYC)

Session: Affordable Housing Construction and Compliance

CDBG Disaster Recover funds may be used for a number of housing assistance activities. To date, these have included homeowner buyouts, compensation for homeowners where damages exceed insurance or other government assistance, residential grants to reduce vacancies in areas affected by disasters, and the development of affordable rental housing. Resources on this subject include:

Case Study: Residential Buyout in Grand Forks, ND
Case Study: Louisiana Homeowner Compensation Grants
Case Study: Mississippi Homeowner Compensation Grants
Case Study: 9/11 Residential Grants (NYC)
Case Study: Texas Homeowner Repair Programs

Session: Processes and Systems for Tracking Compliance

HUD and grantees have a number of methods for ensuring compliance with applicable Federal requirements. Some methods may include standard reports required under subgrant agreements. These also include commercial or custom-built IT Systems to track and/or analyze financial and performance reports from grant/subgrant recipients, as well as the results of monitoring. Resources on this subject include:

IT Systems Tracking Activities Slides
IT Systems Audit Tracking Slides
IT Systems Data Analysis Slides
LMDC Reporting Matrix
LMDC Monthly Report

Citizen Participation and Disaster Recovery Waivers

Disaster recovery waivers may include a streamlined citizen participation process relative to Action Plans and removing these plans from the grantee’s regular consolidated plan needs assessments. Grantees have also used other means to disseminate information on disaster recovery efforts, including use of the Internet. Resources on this subject include:

Citizen Participation and Disaster Recovery Waivers Slides
Louisiana Parish Recovery Planning Website Slides
Case Study: World Trade Center Memorial Planning
Case Study: Mississippi Infrastructure Planning

Challenges Going Forward

Disaster Recovery CDBG grantees must carefully monitor their projects to ensure that they are completed according to plan, responsive to community needs, and of a high quality. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provides independent and objective reporting on disaster recovery and other programs to the Secretary and the Congress for the purpose of bringing about positive change in the integrity, efficiency, and effectiveness of HUD operations. Resources on this subject include:

Fraud in HUD-Funded Disaster Recovery Gulf Coast Programs Slides

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Tags: CDBG Disaster Recovery Program

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