CDBG Mitigation

 

Mitigation helps communities lessen the impact of future disasters by reducing or eliminating the risk of death, injury, property loss or damage, suffering and hardship.

Mitigation Updates

  • In February 2022, HUD approved the CDBG-Mitigation Substantial Action Plan Amendment 3. This amendment describes the provision of a public service activity, housing counseling, for Strategic Buyout Program applicants. CDBG-MIT funds are primarily used to fund the ReBuild NC Strategic Buyout Program.
  • NCORR and the State Disaster Recovery Task Force’s Housing Recovery Support Function Group are in the process of establishing the CDBG Mitigation Citizen Advisory Committee. The purpose of this committee is to serve as an ongoing public forum for comments and input regarding NCORR’s CDBG Mitigation projects and programs. This committee is required to meet annually and will be open to the public. The schedule for these meetings will be posted here once finalized.

 

How Funds Are Used

North Carolina pays for mitigation activities with Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds, which have been allocated to the state by the U.S. Congress and approved for use by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD made $168 million in CDBG-MIT funds available to North Carolina for mitigation activities in 2019 and $34.6 million in 2021 for a total of $202 million.

Under federal guidelines, CDBG-MIT funds must be used for projects that reduce future losses. Additionally, North Carolina must:

  • Spend at least 50% of the funds to benefit counties that HUD designated as being “most impacted and distressed” by Hurricanes Matthew and Hurricane Florence.
  • Use at least 50% of the funds for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income residents.

Action Plans, Public Hearings and Citizen Participation

The initial Action Plan was developed in 2019, in response to the release of the first Federal Register notice that specified the requirements for the mitigation funds on August 30, 2019. Based on risk assessment data, the State Hazard Mitigation Plan, and feedback from local government and community input, the state developed its Draft Action Plan, which outlined how the money will be used. After a 45-day public comment period, NCORR submitted the Draft Action Plan and the required Citizen Participation Plan to HUD for approval, which was granted on March 13, 2020.

Since the submission of the initial Action Plan, additional amendments have been made. HUD approved the CDBG-MIT Substantial Action Plan Amendment 1 on March 9, 2021. 

In January 2021, HUD allocated an additional $34.6 Million to NCORR under the Federal Register Notice. The plans for these additional funds were included in CDBG-MIT Substantial Action Plan Amendment 2. A virtual public hearing was held on June 22, 2021 as part of a public comment period. A video recording and transcriptions of the hearing can be found below.
Public Hearing Recording
English Presentation  Spanish Presentation
Transcript in English  Transcript in Spanish   

CDBG-MIT Substantial Action Plan Amendment 2 was approved by HUD on August 30, 2021. On February 8, 2022 HUD approved CDBG-MIT Substantial Action Plan Amendment 3.

View past versions as well as the current CDBG-MIT Action Plan and the Citizen Participation Plan.