Funding Allocation Summary: $1,298,000,000

Description:

The Puerto Rico Department of Housing (PRDOH) is pleased to announce the launch of the City Revitalization Program (City-Rev Program). The City-Rev Program allocates one billion two hundred ninety-eight million dollars ($1,298,000,000) from the Puerto Rico Community Development Block Grant Program for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) to help shape and implement the future vision of communities that were affected by Hurricanes Irma and María. Through this funding, the PRDOH will support the seventy-eight (78) municipal governments and other eligible organizations to undertake a variety of recovery activities aimed at reinvigorating downtown areas, urban centers, and key community corridors. These projects will promote the redevelopment, re-greening and restoration of lost natural resources, and further incentivize private investments in restored urban areas.

Eligible projects examples:

  • Rehabilitation or reconstruction of eligible buildings;
  • Public infrastructure extension and/or improvements;
  • Committed affordable rental housing development;
  • Affordable housing ownership opportunities;
  • Streetscape improvement such as sidewalks, lighting, parking;
  • Façade improvements;
  • As part of revitalization, where feasible, incorporating the protection and restoration of cultural and historic structures;
  • Activities to eliminate architectural barriers for the disabled;
  • Construction improvements to public spaces (plazas, town squares), cultural and art installations, and recreational areas and amenities;
  • Actions that would clear and demolish unoccupied substandard structures that do not duplicate activities conducted under the FEMA Private Property Debris Removal (PPDR);
  • Funding eligible activities under the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) requiring match funding, as well as other similar matching opportunities;
  • Implementing a wide range of “RE-Green” initiatives such as using green best practice in infrastructure projects and promoting a positive restorative and protective effect on the natural infrastructure;
  • Improving the natural infrastructure;
  • Undertaking that support community lifeliness;
  • Reforestation and natural resource recovery efforts that may be undertaken via non-profit entities such as “Para la Naturaleza”, in addition to waste re-purposing and reduction initiatives that use “green initiative strategies”;
  • Activities that support site development for the provision of safe, sanitary, and decent committed affordable housing opportunities that support workforce and economic development;
  • Activities that consider a holistic, multi-benefit approach to downtown area, including co-location with transit-oriented development (TOD), tranfer of development rights (TDR) to increase commercial core density thereby preserving open space, increasing the walkability and use of non-motorized transit (bike lanes), and other modes that improve commercial districts;
  • Establishment, rehabilitation, or retrofitting of community resources centers; and
  • Activities involving strategic investments in growth nodes that lead to the redevelopment of urban areas that support the UPR Rio Piedras and Mayagüez campuses

GUIDELINES

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Program Guidelines (V2.0) -- Posted 01/12/2021Download 
Program Guidelines -- Posted 03/09/2020Download 
Cross Cutting Guidelines (V3.0) -- Posted 06/08/2021Download 

Program Allocations

Total Program Allocation: $1,298,000,000

To best assist and start the community recovery process, PRDOH plans to distribute funding for this Program amongst the 78 municipal governments of Puerto Rico. Additionally, a single subrecipient will be selected to plan and manage the implementation of the CRC initiative. All the 79 subrecipients will have a specified time period to submit project concepts to PRDOH that meet program objectives.

Eligibility

Applicants must be one (1) of the following types of entities:

  • Unit of General Local Government (Municipal Governments);
  • Non-Governmental Organization (501(c)(3)) or Not for Profit Entities;
    For example:

  • Faith-Based or Community-Based Organizations
  • Conservation or Natural Resource Organizations
  • Public Schools and or Institutions of Higher Learning
  • Other community-based governmental entities:
    • Example: Public Housing Authorities and/or Public Health Facilities

FAQs about City Revitalization Program

The City-Rev Program allocates one billion two hundred ninety-eight million dollars ($1,298,000,000) from the Puerto Rico Community Development Block Grant Program for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) to help shape and implement the future vision in communities that were affected by Hurricanes Irma and María.

  • The first goal of the Program is to restore infrastructure in downtown areas and key corridors that were impacted by the Hurricanes, and to make these facilities more resilient to future events, so that residents will want to return to and make use of public urban areas and downtown districts.
  • The second goal of the Program is to use funds to revitalize, modernize, and create green business districts in ways that can support and promote small business recovery and growth while restoring or encouraging tourism.
  • The third Program goal is to provide funding that can address the needs of lost or impacted natural resources, particularly its tree canopy in downtown areas, urbanized areas, and key corridors.

The Puerto Rico Department of Housing has been designated as the entity responsible for administering the funds that will assist in the recovery of the island from disasters caused by the 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The best assist and start the community recovery process, PRDOH plans to distribute the funds for this Program amongst the 78 municipal governments of Puerto Rico. Additionally, a single subrecipient will be selected to plan and manage the implementation of the CRC initiative. All the 79 subrecipients will have a specified time period to submit project concepts to PRDOH that meet program objectives.

Should you have any questions or comments, or require any additional information regarding the City Revitalization Program, feel free to send any requests via electronic mail at: CityRevCDBG@vivienda.pr.gov.