The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved a special allocation with CDBG-DR funds (Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery) with the purpose of helping in the long-term recovery from the disasters caused by the 2019-2020 earthquakes. (DR-4473-PR). These funds have an approximate total of $ 36,424,000, of which $ 29,139,200 are for the recovery of four municipalities in southern Puerto Rico: Ponce, Guayanilla, Yauco and Guánica.
The Puerto Rico Housing Department (PRDOH) will be the state administrator of these funds and, as a federal requirement, responsible to develop an action plan focused on a Housing Seismic Rehabilization and Reconstruction Action Plan (SR2).
SR2 assists homeowners to repair damage or rebuild affected homes in the disaster area. Houses that have a legal, engineering or environmental situation may not be rebuilt; however, they can be referred to the Single Family Mitigation Program under the CDBG-MIT of Puerto Rico.
Who can apply for these CDBG-DR funds?
- $60,000 for rehabilitation
- $185,000 for reconstruction (Includes Demolition)
- $265,500 reconstruction + elevation (Includes Demolition)
This Program includes four (4) set-asides, based on the proportion presented by HUD as Serious Unmet Housing Need Estimate MID Area. To assure distribution of all funds, PRDOH reserves the right to reallocate funds between set-asides.