In July 2010, Congress passed the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010 (Public Law 111-212), which provides Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for necessary expenses related to disaster relief, long-term recovery, and restoration of infrastructure, housing, and economic revitalization in areas affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred from March 2010 through May 2010, for which the President declared a Disaster Area. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a Notice of allocations, waivers, and alternative requirements for the CDBG disaster recovery funds in the Federal Register, Volume 75, Number 217, Docket Number FR-5452-N-01, effective November 15, 2010.
The Metropolitan Government of Nashville-Davidson County received an initial allocation of $10,731,831 of CDBG disaster recovery (CDBG-DR) funds. As required by HUD, the City submitted an Action Plan describing the proposed use of funds for the initial allocation. HUD approved the Action Plan for Disaster Recovery in February 2011.
HUD issued Notice of a second allocation for CDBG-DR grant funds in the amount of $22,357,982 for Nashville-Davidson County, as published in the Federal Register, Volume 76, Number 72, Docket Number FR-5452-N-02, on April 14, 2011. This Notice required the City to submit an Amendment to Nashville-Davidson County’s initial Action Plan for Disaster Recovery to provide details for the distribution of funds and the eligible program activities for the second allocation. Amendment One described the proposed use of funds for addressing unmet housing, infrastructure, recovery, and economic revitalization needs in Metro Nashville as a result of the May flood. HUD approved substantial Amendment One in August 2011.
In November 2011, MDHA submitted Amendment Two to provide further clarification of the proposed activities described in Amendment One, include minor budget revisions for activities, and change the name of the “Code Enforcement” activity to “Neighborhood Cleanup.” Amendment Two, which was not a substantial amendment, was approved by HUD in December 2011.
In July 2013, MDHA prepared Amendment Three, which reallocated funds in the amount of $8,377,321.73 from certain housing, planning, and recovery activities to new construction (replacement housing) – multi-family homes, riverfront development, and administrative activities. The Amendment also canceled the following activities: downpayment assistance, rebuild/new construction assistance, lead hazard evaluation and reduction, and emergency rehab. The purpose of the Amendment was to fully utilize CDBG-DR funds to address long-term disaster recovery efforts for viable projects. HUD approved substantial Amendment Three in October 2013.
With activities undertaken with CDBG-DR funds completed or nearing completion, some below budget estimates, and other activities needing to be expanded to further Metro Nashville’s long-term recovery efforts, MDHA issued Amendment Four in August 2014 to reallocate funds in the amount of $2,823,696.52 from housing and infrastructure activities that were below budget to other activities within the same project categories that were still underway. In addition, Amendment Four expanded the geographic scope of certain planning and housing activities. It was approved by HUD in October 2014.
As activities described in prior CDBG-DR Action Plans, as amended, are completed, remaining funds need to be reprogrammed to existing activities still underway to fully utilize these funds. MDHA has prepared for submittal to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Amendment Five and Technical Corrections to the Nashville-Davidson County CDBG-DR Action Plan. Amendment Five proposed the reallocation of CDBG-DR funds in the amount of $703,464.13 from planning, infrastructure, and recovery projects to housing activities as specified below. In addition, Technical Corrections in the amount of $89,341.49 were required to reconcile final activity budgets at project completion; these Technical Corrections redistribute funds to activities within the same project category. Because it was considered a substantial amendment, the citizen participation requirements of the Notice applied.
The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) has been designated to act as the lead agency responsible for the development and administration of Metro Nashville’s Consolidated Plan and its related grant programs (CDBG, HOME, HOPWA, and ESG) serves as the lead agency with respect to the Disaster Recovery Action Plan and related Amendments.
CDBG-DR Quarterly Progress Reports are available here.
The following is a list of CDBG, HOME, and CDBG-DR funds made available for flood recovery efforts. A breakdown of activities is available here. A timeline of flood recovery appropriations/allocations is available here.
Funding remains available to repair eligible owner-occupied homes damaged by the 2010 flood and still in need of repair. Contact The Housing Fund at 615-551-2201 for more information.
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