MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs on Tuesday published to its website a draft action plan for $501 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated the funds earlier this year. Most of the funds are designated by HUD for unmet disaster recovery needs in the areas most impacted by hurricanes Sally and Zeta, which include Baldwin, Clarke, Escambia and Mobile counties. A portion of the funds must be used for projects to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
The draft plan can be viewed here on the CDBG-DR section of ADECA’s website. The plan describes how the allocated funding will be administered to address long-term recovery needs in the areas impacted by Sally and Zeta, which hit Alabama in the fall of 2020.
Last week, ADECA hosted two public hearings in Bay Minette and Prichard to present details and gather feedback about the draft action plan. A video of the presentation is also available on the CDBG-Disaster Recovery section of ADECA’s website. The agency will host one more public hearing during the public comment period at a time and place to be announced later.
A public comment period is open today through Thursday, Oct. 20. After public comments are collected and incorporated, ADECA will submit the plan to HUD. After the plan is approved by HUD, ADECA will begin the process of deploying the funds. Public comments may be submitted via email to DisasterRecovery@adeca.alabama.gov until the close of business on Oct. 20.