HUD has approved Action Plans outlining how Texas and Florida will use their Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) dollars to rebuild communities devastated by last year’s hurricanes. These Action Plans guide grants that were awarded to the states in November 2017. Texas’s plan for $5 billion includes: $1.1 billion for a single-family homeowners assistance program; $275 million for buyouts and acquisitions; $100 million for homeowner reimbursement; and $413 million for local infrastructure, among other priorities. Texas is also sub-granting $2.3 billion to the City of Houston and Harris County — approximately $1.1 billion for each — to allow these jurisdictions to address unmet recovery needs. Florida’s Action Plan covers $616 million and includes: $273 million for a housing repair program; $100 million for workforce affordable rental new construction; and $75 million for a voluntary home buyout program, among other priorities. HUD also awarded $1.5 billion in CDBG-DR to Puerto Rico in February 2018, and approval of Puerto Rico’s Action Plan is still pending. Enterprise provided detailed comments on Puerto Rico’s CDBG-DR Action Plan.
This April, HUD allocated an additional $4.7 billion to Texas, $791 million to Florida, $18.4 billion to Puerto Rico and $1.6 billion to the U.S. Virgin Islands as part of a $28 billion tranche of funding to address unmet needs and support mitigation activities. HUD is expected to release its Federal Register notice guiding these funds in the coming weeks.