Third Allocation, Waivers, and Alternative Requirements for Grantees Receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Funds in Response to Hurricane Sandy
This Notice advises the public of a third allocation of Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery (CDBG-DR) funds appropriated by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (Pub. L. 113-2) for the purpose of assisting recovery in the most impacted and distressed areas identified in major disaster declarations due to Hurricane Sandy and other eligible events in calendar years 2011, 2012 and 2013. This allocation provides $2,504,017,000 to assist Hurricane Sandy recovery. Included in this allocation is $930,000,000 to implement projects from the HUD-sponsored Rebuild by Design competition, described in Federal Register Notices 78 FR 45551 (July 29, 2013), and 78 FR 52560 (August 23, 2013). The first and second allocations for recovery from Hurricane Sandy totaling $10,509,000,000 were published, together with program requirements, at 78 FR 14329 (March 5, 2013) and 78 FR 69104 (November 18, 2013). Additional notices at 78 FR 23578, 78 FR 46999, 79 FR 17173, and 79 FR 40133 have provided clarifying guidance, additional waivers, and alternative requirements. This third allocation brings total funding to recover from the impacts of Hurricane Sandy and other eligible events in the Sandy-affected region to $13,013,017,000. The Notice also establishes requirements governing the use of these funds.
Public Housing Program: Demolition or Disposition of Public Housing Projects, and Conversion of Public Housing to Tenant-Based Assistance
This proposed rule would revise and update HUD's regulations governing the demolition and disposition of public housing. Currently, demolitions and dispositions are approved based on certification by a public housing agency (PHA) that certain conditions are met. This rule increases the oversight of demolition and disposition of public housing by requiring PHAs to submit more detailed justifications supporting such certifications, and specifying the requirements concerning the use of disposition proceeds, and other matters. The rule would also clarify and provide more detail related to existing requirements applicable to demolition and disposition such as resident relocation, and fair housing and civil rights compliance to ensure that PHAs properly abide by such requirements. The rule proposes to allow a PHA to request HUD permission to retain public housing property free of restrictions under the declaration of trust and annual contributions contract. In addition, the rule would update regulatory provisions to conform to certain requirements under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, and clarify the definition of ``conversion'' in HUD's conversion of public housing regulations.