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 January 2021, HUD announced that NCORR will be receiving an additional $34.6 million in CDBG-MIT funds, bringing the total Mitigation budget to $202 million.
  • A new draft substantial action plan is being developed to propose how these additional funds should be used by NCORR. When it is developed, it will be posted here for a 30-day public comment period.  
  • A public hearing will also be scheduled to receive community input on the draft plan and how the new funds should be allocated. Information on the date and time on the hearing will be posted here once scheduled.
  • On January 7, 2021 the public comment period ended on ReBuild NC’s CDBG-Mitigation Substantial Action Plan Amendment #1. The amendment was approved by HUD on March 9, 2021 and may be found here.

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.

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.

Current Action Plan Developments

HUD approved the CDBG-MIT Substantial Action Plan Amendment #1 on March 9, 2021 (see here). The CDBG-MIT Substantial Action Plan Amendment #2 is currently under development to provide a plan for the additional $34.6 million in MIT funds allocated to NCORR under the new Federal Register Notice found here. Once developed, this draft plan will be posted here and a public hearing will be scheduled to obtain public comments on the draft plan.

Initial Action Plan Development and Citizen Participation

HUD released 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 the 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.

State of North Carolina CDBG-MIT Action Plan

Plan de acción de la CDBG-MIT Estado de Carolina del Norte

Citizen Participation Plan-Version 4

Plan de Participación Ciudadana

Past Public Hearings

As part of the original Action Plan development process, the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency held five public hearings in 2019. Three were held before the Action Plan was posted for public comment to help inform the contents of the plan, and two were held during the 45-day public comment period.

October 14, 2019 - Lumberton Public Hearing
Lumberton Public Hearing Audio
Transcript in Spanish · Transcript in English

October 15, 2019 - Tarboro Public Hearing
Tarboro Public Hearing Audio
Transcript in Spanish · Transcript in English

October 16, 2019 - New Bern Public Hearing
New Bern Public Hearing Audio
Transcript in Spanish · Transcript in English

December 3, 2019 - Goldsboro Public Hearing
Goldsboro Public Hearing Audio
Transcript in English

December 5, 2019 - Beaufort Public Hearing
Beaufort Public Hearing Audio
Transcript in English