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 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 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 rename “Code Enforcement” to “Neighborhood Cleanup.” Amendment Two, which was not a substantial amendment, was approved by HUD in December 2011.
In June 2013, MDHA prepared Amendment Three to reallocate 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 proposes the cancellation of the following activities: downpayment assistance, rebuild/new construction assistance, lead hazard evaluation and reduction, and emergency rehab. The purpose of the Amendment is to fully utilize CDBG-DR funds to address long-term disaster recovery efforts. Due to the dollar amounts associated with the reallocation and the cancelation of certain activities, this Amendment is considered a substantial amendment and the citizen participation requirements in the Notice applied. Amendment Three has been approved by the MDHA Board of Commissioners and the Metro Council and received HUD approval in October 2013.
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 block grant programs (CDBG, HOME, HOPWA, and ESG) and will serve as the lead agency with respect to the Disaster Recovery Action Plan and related Amendments.
If you are a flood victim and need help including volunteer assistance, please call 2-1-1.
For information on Nashville's Flood Recovery efforts please visit: http://www.nashvillerecovery.com/index.asp
People impacted by the flood who are still working to rebuild their homes and have exhausted all other financial resources may still apply for assistance through the We Are Home Program. For more information on the program visit: http://www.thehousingfund.org/floodrebuildassistance.html