On January 22, 2016, Mayor de Blasio announced that New York City was awarded $176 million by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) through the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC). HUD's award builds on over $100 million the City has already committed to this project, which will begin preliminary design and community engagement this spring on an expedited schedule. It will complement the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project on the Lower East Side, and the many other short- and long-term initiatives.
You can read the final City of New York’s National Disaster Resilience Competition Application Lower Manhattan Protect & Connect here.
The awarded funds are part of the original $16 billion federal Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Congressional appropriation after Hurricane Sandy. The funds are distinct from the $4.21 billion in CDBG-DR funding already allocated to the City in the Action Plan.
NDRC is a two-phase process that competitively awarded CDBG-DR funds to 13 eligible states, counties, and cities nationwide. The competition will help communities recover from prior federally declared disasters in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and improve their ability to withstand and recover more quickly from future disasters, hazards, stresses and shocks. The Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR) led the application process for New York City. To learn more about the competition, click here.
In the first phase, the City described its unmet resiliency needs stemming from Hurricane Sandy. The Phase 1 application did not require the City to identify specific projects. For its application, the City drew from its resiliency plan, A Stronger, More Resilient New York. During the process of creating the report, released in June 2013, the City engaged residents, business owners, elected officials and other stakeholders to identify risks and vulnerabilities in communities throughout the five boroughs. For the Phase 1 application, the City also drew from ongoing analyses and engagement in resiliency projects throughout the City.
The City’s Draft Phase 1 Application that was made available for public comment in February 2015 can be viewed here (in Español, 中国, and русский).
On June 22, 2015, HUD announced that the City was selected to advance to Phase 2 of NDRC. During this phase, the City identified specific projects to strengthen social and economic resiliency in climate-vulnerable communities, and to enhance the city's coastal defenses in response to the evolving risks associated with climate change and other 21st century threats.
Lower Manhattan and its residents remain vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise. The City's proposed project, "Protect and Connect," focused on coastal resiliency in Lower Manhattan. The proposed project will systematically integrate physical and social resiliency into the diverse communities of Lower Manhattan through the implementation of physical projects, programs, and policies that will: provide integrated flood protection to maintain the social and economic viability of neighborhoods; and invest in resilient affordable housing by adapting building systems and neighborhood infrastructure to protect homes from climate stressors.