NLIHC and Disaster Recovery Advocates Send Disaster Recovery Transparency Recommendations to HUD

NLIHC, the Fair Share Housing Center of New Jersey, Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico, and Texas Appleseed sent a memo to HUD on May 6 with recommendations to increase transparency and public involvement in the agency’s Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR). CDBG-DR is the only source of federal long-term disaster recovery funds. The memo outlined concerns about HUD’s recently released “Citizen Participation and Equitable Engagement Toolkit,” a document delineating the steps that state governments receiving CDBG-DR funds can take to ensure that adequate public input is collected regarding plans to distribute funding to disaster survivors and to comply with civil rights obligations.

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