Enterprise Sends Ten Recommendations for Mitigation Funding to HUD

Last week Enterprise sent HUD ten recommendations for maximizing the agency’s investments in mitigation. The recommendations are predicated on the notion that HUD’s mitigation dollars are a down payment on the full mitigation needs of communities nationwide. Developed by Enterprise alongside experts who have significant experience in disaster recovery, mitigation and resilience planning, these recommendations are meant to be a practical focus on activities that might not already be explicitly permitted by the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program. They include identifying and expediting activities known to mitigation risk; encouraging grantees to leverage their mitigation funds through loans, guarantees and creative financing vehicles; enforcing physical standards that meet or exceed those previously laid out by CDBG-DR Federal Register notices; and educating property owners of the importance of mitigation measures as a means of reducing the cost of flood insurance, among others. HUD awarded nearly $16 billion of CDBG-DR funds for mitigation activities in April and will publish a Federal Register notice guiding these funds before grantees can begin implementing their mitigation programs. Major recipients will include Puerto Rico, Texas, Louisiana, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida, and California.

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