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State Department of Housing to hold Public Meeting in Santa Rosa on Disaster Recovery Program

Posted on September 20, 2018

 The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is holding a public meeting in Santa Rosa on October 2, 2018,  to provide an overview of the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program for residents of Sonoma County and the City of Santa Rosa who were impacted by wildfires in October 2017.

HCD is the grantee of CDBG-DR funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and works with local governments and organizations to fund programs that provide long-term recovery assistance for housing, infrastructure, and economic revitalization. At this meeting, HCD will discuss proposed recovery programs, program eligibility, and the timeline for funding for FEMA disasters DR-4344 and DR-4353.

The meeting will take place on October 2, 2018, at the City of Santa Rosa’s Utilities Field Operations Center Utilities Training Rooms A, F & M, 35 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 from 6pm-8pm.

  • This is a public meeting and all interested parties are welcome. Impacted households, the general public, business and nonprofit leaders are invited to attend.
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  • If you would like more information on the CDBG-DR program, visit HCD’s website.
  • To submit public comment, email:

 While Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) and the California Office of Emergency Services provide immediate post-disaster response and emergency management services, CDBG-DR funds provide funds for long term disaster recovery.

The CDBG Program provides annual grants to states, cities, and counties to develop viable communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. CDBG-DR funds are based on disaster impacts and are for the purpose of addressing the long-term recovery needs of a community.

CDBG-DR funds may be used for housing, restoration of infrastructure, economic revitalization, planning, public services, and disaster preparedness.

HUD appropriated $212,374,000 in CDBG-DR funds to the state of California to address impacts from disasters that occurred in 2017, including the wildfires in Sonoma County. Of the total, $124,155,000 is intended to address unmet recovery needs and $88,219,000 is to be used for preparedness and mitigation needs.

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