NYC Recovery - Community Development Block Grant
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About Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program

The federal government uses a program called Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to provide communities with resources that address a wide range of needs. These funds are flexible and help cities, counties and states recover from disasters – particularly in low income communities. Some of the federal aid for areas affected by Hurricane Sandy will come through this program in the form of Community Development Block Grant- Disaster Recovery funding. There will be several rounds of CDBG-DR funding. Our initial award is for $1.77 billion. The chart below summarizes how we plan to use this money.

You can read detailed information about the programs listed below in Action Plan A.

Program Name

CDBG-DR Allocations
 ($ in millions)

Housing Programs


NYC Houses Rehabilitation and Reconstruction


Rental Assistance


Multi-Family Building Rehabilitation


Public Housing Rehabilitation and Resilience


Business Programs


Business Loan and Grant Program


Business Resiliency Investment Program


Neighborhood Game Changer Investment Competition


Infrastructure and Building Resiliency Technologies Competitions


Infrastructure and Other City Services


Public Services


Emergency Demolition


Debris Removal/Clearance


Code Enforcement


Rehabilitation/Reconstruction of Public Facilities




Resiliency Investments*


Citywide Administration and Planning







*The activities for Resiliency Investments will be identified in a future Partial Action Plan.
** These initial allocations are based on the best data currently available and reflect projections of need to support the programs. It can be anticipated there will be future adjustments based on actual experience once programs are implemented; however, neither planning nor administrative expenses will surpass their statutory caps.

The Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recover funds are administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). To learn more about the CDBG Disaster Recovery program and other Community Development programs, visit HUD's website at