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CDGB-DR Program implementation follow guidance set forth in program-specific guiding documents. The following section includes the program’s policies operating under CDBG-DR funds.

HBA

The Program utilizes CDBG-DR funds to provide direct assistance to homebuyers to facilitate and expand homeownership by using such assistance to: Subsidize interest rates and mortgage principal amounts, pay up to 100 percent (100%) of the down payment required by the mortgage for the purchase on behalf of the purchaser and pay reasonable closing costs associated with the home purchase on behalf of the purchaser for LMI homebuyers only. Such assistance will be offered through a grant.

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R3

This program will provide assistance to eligible homeowners to repair damaged homes or rebuild substantially damaged homes in non-hazard areas. Eligible homeowners with damaged homes in a hazard zone will be offered relocation assistance.

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CEWRI

This Program addresses the energy and water system vulnerabilities, the CEWRI Program will provide single-family homeowners energy and water efficiency improvements to promote resilience by installing PV systems with battery backup for critical loads and water storage systems. The CEWRI Program intends to work with and complement existing CDBG-DR R3 Program for homeowners who received assistance for Repair, Reconstruction, or New Construction.

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Social

This program will create housing opportunities for citizens with special needs (homeless, domestic violence).

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LIHTC

This program will provide gap funding, for properties being developed with low-income tax credits.

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Rental Assistance

This program will provide rental assistance to residents of that are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

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Title Clearance

This program will legitimize homeowners titles in areas impacted by the hurricane, providing sustainability and security to residents.

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Housing Counseling

This program will provide recovering residents with educational services to promote understanding of housing and financial options.

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Municipal Recovery

This Program allocates funding to municipalities to carry out planning activities that address conditions created or exacerbated by Hurricanes Irma and/or María. Planning activities will conclude in Municipal Recovery Plans serving as guidance to developing more resilient communities within the seventy-eight (78) Municipalities of Puerto Rico.

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Geoframe

The GeoFrame Program responds to existing land use, land administration, and spatial data constraints of the Government of Puerto Rico. Through the program, PRDOH will support Puerto Rico’s growth towards a Spatially Enabled Society (SES) by producing a foundation of high-quality, geo-referenced data and building an infrastructure of people, policies, software, hardware, and systems for citizens to access and use spatial data to enable evidence-based decision-making.

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Whole Community

This program will seek to create recovery solutions by increasing individual and collective preparation for future events and ensuring greater resilience at community and national level.

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Economic Development

This program will seek to create recovery solutions by increasing individual and collective preparation for future events and ensuring greater resilience at community and national level.

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Small Business

This program will provide funding for the creation or rehabilitation of business incubators and accelerators to promote growth and success of businesses.

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Tourism & Business

This program will develop an integral market effort to promote off-island that the area is open for business and tourism.

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Small Business

This program will provide eligible small businesses with Recovery Grants to assist with storm recovery and business expansion of businesses damaged physically or economically by Hurricanes Irma and/or Maria and new businesses that began as a result of damage caused by the Hurricanes to a prior business.

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Regrow

The Re-Grow Puerto Rico Urban and Rural Agriculture Program aims to build agricultural capacity and meet the needs created by the Hurricanes through a substantial investment of CDBG-DR funds in a wide variety of viable and sustainable agricultural activities.

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Workforce

The goal of the WFT Program is to prepare Puerto Rican residents with the skills required to gain employment in industries that will drive the Island’s economy over the next decade. In addition to training programs that meet the current construction and contractor needs to rebuild in the continued disaster recovery of the Island, the WFT Program will engage with eligible entities in an endeavor to train residents with skills sets need in industries that are expected to grow in the coming years; namely, tourism, hospitality, technology, construction, manufacturing and healthcare.

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Non Federal

This Program is designed to assist state agencies, public entities, local non-profit organizations, and other eligible entities by leveraging CDBG-DR funds with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) resources to maximize and ensure recovery efforts. The use of CDBG-DR funds to cover the required Non-Federal share, or local match, will ease the fiscal strain for communities struggling to recover from the catastrophic events of Hurricanes Irma and María.

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City Revitalization

This Program provides CDBG-DR funding to those municipal governments and other eligible entities enabling them to conduct a variety of critical recovery activities aimed at reinvigorating downtown areas, urban areas, and key community corridors. CRP Program will focus investments, reduce sprawl, and create a symbiotic environment to nurture complementary investments from the private sector as well as leverage other federal and local grant funding opportunities.

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