Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR)
Disasters often prompt Congress to authorize Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to assist impacted communities and states with costs and projects that cannot be funded through other, readily available means. While this money can often be used in conjunction with other federal funds, it can be difficult to design projects, applications, systems, and implementation programs that ensure adherence to all requirements for all programs. This difficulty is compounded by the ongoing recovery work that the community is already facing; the additional work related to this badly needed funding can seem complicated and overwhelming.
Witt O’Brien’s approach to the implementation of the CDBG-DR program involves engaging at both state and community levels as early as possible in order to identify both opportunities and potential problems, as well as encourage participation at the local level according to state priorities as defined in the state’s CDBG-DR Administrative Plan. The foundation of the Witt O’Brien’s method is for our staff to work hand-in-hand with local personnel to provide on-site technical assistance to CDBG-DR recipients to help identify projects that will result in the best possible use of CDBG-DR funds, as well as any other federal, state, or local funds available. This level of support helps to overcome the trepidation that many communities experience when multiple federal funds are combined into a single project or series of projects.
Witt O’Brien’s brings unrivaled experience working with Stafford Act programs—particularly FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and Public Assistance (PA) programs. In addition to the substantial work our experts have done with Stafford Act programs, Witt O’Brien’s has worked with an array of clients to combine Stafford Act funds with CDBG-DR funds, resulting in maximization of all available federal funds to aid the community in their recovery efforts. We have helped communities identify, design, and implement successful projects, and helped them to better manage their overall recovery program in the process.
Witt O’Brien’s has been involved in nearly every significant disaster recovery since 2001, and has been responsible for providing services associated with the delivery of both Stafford Act programs and CDBG-DR for the following disasters:
- 2005 Hurricane Katrina (Louisiana)
- 2005 Hurricane Rita (Louisiana)
- 2008 Hurricane Gustav (Louisiana)
- 2008 Hurricane Ike (Louisiana)
- Hurricane Ike (Texas)
- 2011 Midwest Tornadoes (Joplin, Missouri)
- 2011 North Dakota Floods (North Dakota)