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USVI LEVERAGES OUR FIRM'S DISASTER RECOVERY SPECIALISTS FOR CDBG-DR ACTION PLAN & FUNDING EXPERTISE

Case Studies Jan 26 2021

The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI or Territory) faced a big challenge managing the initial $284 million in CDBG-DR funding it received in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. With an annual CDBG-DR allocation of $1.9M, the USVI lacked both the resource capacity and the specialized CDBG-DR plan development skills to take on such a large-scale funding allocation.

The Solution: Witt O’Brien’s experts designed a structured approach to setting plan priorities that outlined specific steps to assessing unmet needs and a public engagement strategy. The Witt O’Brien’s team conducted the needs assessment and managed the public input process. The information they gathered was synthesized into an assessment and recommendations report that helped USVI leaders determine and prioritize the most pressing needs. The Witt O’Brien’s team then crafted the official CDBG-DR action plan and helped USVI guide it through the HUD approval process.