Communities Impacted by Climate Change Receive Resilience Grants

Thirteen states and cities hit hard by climate change between 2011 and 2013 received substantial help last week to make their communities more resilient to natural disaster.

HUD Secretary Julian Castro, in conjunction with the Rockefeller Foundation, announced in Norfolk, Virginia, the winners of $1 billion in National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) grants.

The NDRC grants will provide funding for resilient housing and infrastructure projects that will advance their community’s resilience plans. Applicants competed in a two phase competition and winners were selected by more than 25 federal agencies and 100 industry experts.

Among the awardees are eight states that will receive between $35 million and $120 million and five cities that will receive between $17 million and $176 million for their resiliency efforts. The funding was made available through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery appropriations included in the Hurricane Sandy recovery package passed in 2013.

A full list of the grantees and information about their projects is available on HUD’s website.

“Climate change is real and we must think more seriously about how to plan for it,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “The grants we award today, and the other sources of capital these grants will leverage, will make communities stronger, more resilient and better prepared for future natural disasters such as floods and wildfires. The National Disaster Resilience Competition exemplifies how government can work hand-in-hand with the philanthropic and private sectors to create lasting partnerships that will allow us to together face the challenges of tomorrow.”

About the Author

Tess Hembree is the Policy Manager at Advocacy Associates.

Image: Minot, North Dakota, is one of the grant recipients. The city suffered damage from a major flood of the Souris River in 2011. Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture (CC BY 2.0).

March 20, 2016

By Tess Hembree