New Yorkers living and working in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy continue to face many challenges as they rebuild their homes, restore their businesses and get their lives back to normal.
On January 29, 2013, President Obama signed into law the "Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013" (Public Law 113-2) which provides $16 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to repair and restore areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The City's approved CDBG-DR Action Plan details how the City plans to spend the $4.21 billion grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for eligible Hurricane Sandy disaster recovery and rebuilding activities. Amendment 8A, which established a temporary Optional Relocation Program for homeowners and allocated $3 million to a Build it Back workforce development initiative, was approved by HUD on February 13, 2015. Amendment 8B, which included the third and final allocation of funding, was approved by HUD on April 13, 2015.
The Action Plan, including any amendments, describes how the City will use this funding to help New Yorkers rebuild their homes, businesses, and communities and addresses housing, business, infrastructure, and coastal resiliency programs.
On January 21, 2016, HUD announced that the City was awarded an additional $176 million through the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) to fund portions of the Lower Manhattan Protect and Connect project proposed in its NDRC application.
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