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HCD Drought Resources

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California Department of Food and Agriculture

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Save Our Water

In disaster situations such as these, support programs exist to help minimize the negative long-term business impacts that result from the lack of water. These programs demonstrate that California farmers and ranchers are an essential part of our community and economy. These programs are offered by the following federal and state agencies listed below.

Governor Brown has called on all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent and prevent water waste – visit www.saveourH2O.org to find out how everyone can do their part, and visit www.drought.ca.gov to learn more about how California is dealing with the effects of the drought.

Click on (+) to expand drought related information offered by various government entities

RESOURCES FOR INDIVIDUALS

California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)

The California Department of Housing and Community Development provides leadership, policies and programs to preserve and expand safe and affordable housing opportunities and promote strong communities for all Californians

+ Drought Housing Relocation Assistance (DHRA) Program

The purpose of this program is to provide temporary assistance for persons moving from their Current Residence, which lacks reasonable access to Potable Water resulting from the drought for which the Governor declared a state of emergency on January 17, 2014 via Executive order B-29, dated April 1, 2015.

This drought relief program provides temporary assistance to those tenants and homeowners that meet program guideline eligibility requirements the ability to relocate and receive rental assistance for 12 months. See the DHRA Program page for additional information or contact connie.mallavia@hcd.ca.gov

+ Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Funds are available via a city’s or county’s housing department. Whether the residence is in an incorporated city or an unincorporated area, residents should contact their local department and ask about the availability of “CDBG housing rehabilitation” funding. Funding under Housing Rehabilitation may be used to address private well issues and lateral hookups to public infrastructure. Contact Susan.Naramore@hcd.ca.gov for more information.

+ Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program

HOME Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) funds are available via a city’s or county’s housing department. Whether the residence is in an incorporated city or an unincorporated area, residents should contact their local department and ask about the availability of “HOME TBRA” funding. Contact Nicole.Mccay@hcd.ca.gov for more information.

+ CalHome Program

Program financing is available via a local jurisdiction or nonprofit, awardees announced September 2014. Existing awards from previous years may also be available through your counties. Contact Raymond.Victor@hcd.ca.gov for more information.

California Department of Community Services and Development

The California Department of Community Services and Development partners with private, non-profit and local, government community-based organizations dedicated to helping provide assistance to low-income individuals and families.

+ Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Agencies

As part of a federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) award, the California Department of Community Services and Development provides funding to four regional Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Agencies which provide assistance to farmworkers. Services may include rental assistance, employment services, and food/nutritional services. Programs vary per regional agency:


  • Proteus, Inc. - Phone: (559) 733-5423
    Service Area: Counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare.
  • Central Valley Opportunity Center, Inc. - Phone: (209) 357-0062
    Service Area: Counties of Mariposa, Tuolumne, Stanislaus, Madera, and Merced.
  • Center for Employment Training - Phone: (408) 534-5300
    Service Area: Counties of Alameda, Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Monterey, Orange, Riverside, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Ventura.
  • California Human Development - Phone: (707) 523-1155
    Service Area: Counties of Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, and Yuba.

RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITIES / PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE

California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)

+ Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

  • Per Management Memo 14-04, all current CDBG grantees may request to have their grants reprogrammed for drought related activities
  • CDBG funds within the eligible jurisdictions may be used for public infrastructure. Contact Susan.Naramore@hcd.ca.gov for more information.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development

+ Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG)

The Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant program assists rural communities that have experienced a significant decline in quantity or quality of drinking water due to an emergency, or in which such decline is considered imminent, to obtain or maintain adequate quantities of water that meets the standards set by the Safe Drinking Water Act. Locate an office near you here. Find out more details on this program here. Applications are currently being accepted for 2015, but additional funding for this program is currently unavailable for 2014.

+ Community Facilities Direct and Guaranteed Loan Program

The Community Facilities Direct and Guaranteed Loan Program provide loans, grants, and loan guarantees for essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Loans and guarantees are available to public entities such as municipalities, counties, parishes, boroughs, and special-purpose districts, as well as to non-profit corporations and tribal governments.

+ Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)

The Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) is a grant program meant to develop the capacity and ability of private, nonprofit community-based housing and community development organizations, and low income rural communities to improve housing, community facilities, community and economic development projects in rural areas. Recipients must be non-profit organizations, low-income rural communities, or federally recognized tribes. Intermediary organizations are required to provide matching funds at least equal to the RCDI grant. The grants do not go directly to business recipients but rather through qualified intermediaries. The deadline for submitting RCDI applications is November 12, 2014. Applications must be submitted to the USDA Rural Development state office where the applicant's headquarters are located.

California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC)

CFCC Funding Fairs provide opportunities to obtain information about currently available infrastructure grant, loan and bond financing programs and options. Each attendee receives a copy of all slide presentations and additional useful infrastructure financing material. Funding Fairs also provide an opportunity for attendees to speak directly with program staff about specific projects and issues affecting their community.

Who should attend?

Representatives from public works, local governments, and California Native American Tribes. This includes city managers and planners, economic development and engineering professionals, officials from privately owned facilities, water and irrigation district managers, financial advisors and project consultants.

Eligible Project Types

CFCC Agencies fund the following types of eligible projects such as drinking water, waste water, solid waste, water quality, water supply, water conservation, energy efficiency, flood management, community facilities, streets and highways, and emergency response vehicles.

CFCC Information

Please log on to the CFCC website at www.cfcc.ca.gov for the 2014 Funding Fair schedule, CFCC Member Directory and general information.

RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES

California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)

+ Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

  • CDBG funds within the eligible jurisdictions may be used for Business Assistance Loans. Contact Patrick.Talbott@hcd.ca.gov for more information.

US Small Business Administration (SBA)

The US Small Business Administration is an independent agency of the federal government that aids, counsels, assists, and protects the interests of small business concerns.

+ Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)

Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private, nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred. These businesses must be located in counties designated as disaster areas by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. The interest rate on EIDLs will not exceed 4 percent per year.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.

Available Financial Assistance Programs for Homeowners Experiencing Dry Wells

+ U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development . For eligibility criteria see www.rurdev.usda.gov/hsf_sfh.html.

  • Section 502: Rural Housing Direct Loan Program
  • Section 504: Rural Development, Rural Repair and Rehabilitation Loan and Grant Program

Self-Help Enterprises, a non-governmental organization in the Central Valley, has $100,000 in USDA Household Water Well Systems and Housing Preservation Grants. Eligible households must live in Merced, Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings, and Kern counties. Individuals should contact Self-Help Enterprises directly, (559) 651-1000, for more information and to apply. More information: www.selfhelpenterprises.org/docs/feds_help_residents.pdf

+ California Department of Housing and Community Development