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CDBG-DR Action Plan Approved and Available for Review

AEDC solicited public comments from July 23, 2020, to August 26, 2020, regarding the State of Arkansas 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. 

On March 30, 2021, AEDC submitted a revised CDBG-DR Action Plan, which was approved by HUD on April 30, 2021. It may be viewed here.

A draft of the proposed CDBG-DR Action Plan as submitted to HUD on December 31, 2020 may be viewed here. This plan was partially approved by HUD on February 21, 2021, for State Grant Administration.

The original draft, publicized for public comment on July 26, 2020, may be viewed here

Any questions or comments may be submitted 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

CDBG-DR Citizen Participation Plan

CDBG-DR Citizen Participation Plan

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.

 

Arkansas CDBG-DR Action Plan Resubmission 042221, dated March 20, 2021, Activities Approved by HUD April 30, 2021

CDBG-DR Action Plan Draft, dated December 31, 2020, Partial approval for Administration

CDBG-DR Action Plan Draft, dated July 26, 2020

Quarterly Performance Reports

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.

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COMPLAINTS

As part of addressing Arkansas's long-term recovery needs, citizen complaints on any issues related to the general administration of CDBG-DR funds are welcome throughout the duration of the grant. AEDC aims to provide an opportunity to address all complaints received. Addressing these complaints is an essential responsibility for PRDOH, as it establishes the importance of an open communication regarding citizens' concerns about the programs.

It is the AEDC Grants Division's responsibility, as grantee, to ensure that all complaints are addressed promptly and consistently and at a minimum, to provide a timely, substantive written response to every complaint within fifteen (15) business days, where practicable, as a CDBG grant subrecipient.

A complaint is a formal statement of grievance submitted in writing, which will be documented, processed, filed and answered as per 24 C.F.R. 570.86 (a)(7). AEDC requires the following formalities:

  • Complainant's full name.
  • Complainant's contact information and preferred method of notification for communications regarding complaint (telephone; physical, postal and email addresses).
  • Nature of complaint.
  • Summary of complaint and desired remedy requested.
  • Previously contacted individuals concerning complaint.
  • Any supporting evidence.

Requirements 1-5 are mandatory. Complaints with insufficient data or submitted by a third party with no standing in the matter being submitted need not be accepted or reviewed. Anonymous complaints will not be addressed. Any individual filing a complaint on behalf of an individual or entity shall present proper documentation confirming they have the authority to represent the complainant.

In order to ensure adequate communication with and from persons with disabilities, a complainant may request an alternate formats, as needed. One of these may be to allow that a complaint be received verbally. CDBG-DR personnel or other related DCBG-DR parties receiving said complaint must assure compliance with all the requirements as described above.

Complaints regarding fraud, waste or abuse of government funds will be forwarded to the HUD OIG (see below).

REPORT FRAUD

HUD OIG Hotline number: 1-800-347-3735

Whistleblower Report Form and Hotline Complaint Form.

Toll-Free and Toll Access Number for Federal Relay: (800) 877-8339 TTY/ASCII (American Standard Code For Information Interchange) - Allows TTY users to type their conversation.

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission and the CDBG-DR Program do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, or disability, and provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation, including auxiliary aids and services, to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in all services, programs and activities. AEDC continually strives to make this web platform friendly to screen readers and other accessibility-related software and provide accessible documents. To request assistance with this site or a copy of a specific document, please call 1-800-ARKANSAS.

CDGB-DR Contact/Comments/Complaints

Jean Noble, PCED

Director, Grants Management

(501) 682-7389