CDBG-DR Action Plan Draft Available for Review

 

AEDC is soliciting public comments from July 23, 2020, to August 26, 2020, regarding the State of Arkansas’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Action Plan. This Action Plan describes how AEDC will invest $8.94 million in CDBG-DR grant funding received from the federal government to support disaster recovery from 2019’s severe storms and flooding.

 

HUD requires all CDBG-DR grantees to submit an Action Plan that describes unmet needs, the programs to be implemented in addressing those unmet needs, the budget for those programs, and how the programs and activities will meet HUD requirements. 

 

A draft of the proposed CDBG-DR Action Plan may be viewed here.

 

Public comments will be accepted starting July 27 and ending at 5:00 p.m., August 26, 2020. AEDC will address all comments after the comment period ends. The Action Plan will then be revised accordingly and submitted to HUD for approval by August 31. To be considered in the final plan, written comments must be received during the 30-day public comment period and may be addressed to: Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Attn: Grants Division, 1 Commerce Way, Suite 601, Little Rock, AR 72202, or by e-mail to [email protected]

 

CDBG-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR)

During the week of May 21st, a ridge of high pressure built over the southeastern United States. In that week, six to 12 inches of rain fell in parts of the Plains and Midwest, impacting northeast Oklahoma requiring releases from already high lakes. This resulted in widespread flooding and produced record-breaking crests downstream along the Arkansas River. A river flood of this magnitude has never happened before and had significant and widespread impacts along the Arkansas River.

On December 3, 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated over $2.3 billion to support the long-term disaster recovery process associated with disasters since 2017, including FEMA DR 4441 (the Arkansas River Flooding), declared on June 8, 2019, as well as other hard-hit areas in 15 states and four U.S. territories.

Of that $2.3 billion, Arkansas is expecting to receive an allocation of $8,940,000 in disaster recovery funds for necessary expenses for activities authorized under title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5301 et. Seq.) related to housing redevelopment and rebuilding, business assistance, economic revitalization, and infrastructure repair. The State of Arkansas will be required to spend the majority of these recovery funds in “most impacted” areas as identified by HUD, which include Jefferson and Perry Counties. HUD has issued administrative guidelines in the form of the January 27, 2020, Federal Register Notice 85 FR 4681 (applicability date, February 3, 2020), for funding appropriated under Public Laws 115-254 and 116-20, for use of the funds to address grantees’ long-term recovery needs, particularly in the area of housing recovery.

This allocation is supported through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program and will address seriously damaged housing, businesses, and infrastructure from disasters that occurred since 2017. The CDBG-DR Program requires grantees to develop thoughtful recovery plans informed by local residents. Learn more about CDBG-DR and the State’s role in long-term disaster recovery (en español).

Arkansas Severe Storms and Flooding

Arkansas Severe Storms and Flooding (DR 4441)

Incident Period: May 21, 2019 – June 14, 2019

Major Disaster declared on June 08, 2019

PDF of Map

Federal Register Notices

85 FR 4681, January 27, 2020

84 FR 4836, February 19, 2020

83 FR 40314, August 14, 2018 (La version en español

83 FR 5844, February 9, 2018  

CDBG-DR Press Release

CDBG-DR Policies & Procedures Manual

Contracts

Press Releases & Public Notices

Language Assistance Plan

The Grants Division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Department of Commerce, is in the process of preparing an Implementation Plan, Unmet Needs Assessment, and Action Plan, and will translate each document into Spanish, as needed and applicable. The State will also make reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities and persons with Limited English Proficiency. To request an accommodation, or to request a copy of this document in another language, please contact the Arkansas Economic Development Commission at Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Attn: Jean Noble, Director, Grants Division, 1 Commerce Way, Ste. 601, Little Rock, AR 72202, or also by telephone at (501) 682-7389 or by email at [email protected].
La División de Subvenciones de la Comisión de Desarrollo Económico de Arkansas, Departamento de Comercio, está en proceso de preparar un Plan de Implementación, Evaluación de Necesidades Insatisfechas y Plan de Acción, y traducirá cada documento al español, según sea necesario y aplicable. El Estado también hará ajustes razonables para personas con discapacidades y personas con dominio limitado del inglés. Para solicitar una adaptación o una copia de este documento en otro idioma, comuníquese con la Comisión de Desarrollo Económico de Arkansas en la Comisión de Desarrollo Económico de Arkansas, a la atención de: Jean Noble, Director, División de Subvenciones, 1 Commerce Way, Ste. 601, Little Rock, AR 72202, o también por teléfono al (501) 682-7389 o por correo electrónico a [email protected].
Translations of any materials into language other than English are intended solely as a convenience to the non-English reading public. We do not guarantee the accuracy of any information translated and shall not be liable for any losses caused by such reliance.

Arkansas CDBG-DR Action Plans for Disaster Recovery

The State of Arkansas has been awarded supplemental CDBG funds from two different appropriations to address the effects of five presidentially-declared disasters in 2008. The first round of funding for $25,042,358 closed in September 2009. A second round of funding for $70,181,041 was released in the spring of 2010, and covered Arkansas's 75 counties.

Quarterly Performance Reports

Jean Noble, PCED

Director, Grants Management

(501) 682-7389