The City of Columbia experienced a devastating flood during October 2015 resulting in millions of dollars in damages to our citizens’ homes, businesses and local infrastructure. Columbia is strong and resilient and is working hard to restore what was lost through its application for funding from various agencies to include the State of South Carolina, Federal Emergency Management Agency along with other grant programs dedicated toward disaster recovery.
Community Development Block Grant- Disaster Recovery
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $19.9 million to help the City of Columbia recover from the October 2015 flood. The Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program governs how these funds can be used. These funds will be managed by the City of Columbia’s Community Development Department.
HUD requires that the City of Columbia complete an Action Plan for CDBG-DR funds that will describe programs and best uses of funds to assist those impacted by the flood and help meet “unmet needs” to further assist the community in its recovery in the following areas: housing, economic development, infrastructure and acquisition.
On January 24th, 2017, The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved the City’s initial Action Plan in the amount of $19,989.000. The funding appropriated under the Consolidated Appropriation Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113), enacted December 18, 2015, for necessary expenses for activities authorized under title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (U.S.C. 5301 et seq) related to disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing, and economic revitalization in the most impacted and distressed areas resulting from a major disaster declared in 2015 pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.) related to the consequences of Hurricane Joaquin and adjacent storm systems, Hurricane Patricia, and other flood events.
The Final Action Plan was Approved by HUD on January 24th, 2017
The Initial Action Plan was submitted to HUD on September 20, 2016
HUD review period closes no later than 60 days after the DRAFT Action Plan was submitted November 19, 2016.