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Purpose: DRI was established in early 2010 to distribute federal funds to assist physical and economic recovery from wildfire disasters in 2008 that affected 14 California counties and two Indian tribes. In late 2010, HUD offered additional funds from the DREF to extend and improve the recovery, by offering incentives to eligible jurisdictions to mitigate the danger of future disasters (e.g., earthquake, flood, fire) through forward-thinking planning measures, such as updated building codes and code enforcement, creation of Local Hazard Mitigation Plans (LHMPs) and/or the adoption of Safety Elements of local General Plans. The DRI Program includes the DREF allocation. To use these funds, eligible jurisdictions must budget their DRI awards for use in “forward thinking mitigation, enhancements and land use planning activities.”
Assistance Type: Grants
Terms: Maximum total award is up to $8,500,000, depending on the percentage of beneficiaries who are low- and moderate-income. Up to $150,000 may be awarded for creation/update of Local Hazard Mitigation Plans (LHMPs) and up to $250,000 for creation/update of Safety Elements in General Plans.
Eligible Applicants: Cities and counties within a county (Butte, Kern, Los Angeles, Mariposa, Mendocino, Monterey, Orange, Plumas, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta and Trinity) included in a 2008 Presidential fire disaster declaration, and the Hoopa Valley Indian Tribe and the Yurok Indian Tribe of the Yurok Reservation.
Eligible Activities: Construction, acquisition, rehabilitation and preservation of affordable rental and ownership housing, homeless shelters and transitional housing; public services; public facilities and infrastructure projects for the primary benefit of low- and moderate-income persons; where applicable, the development or retention of jobs for lower income workers; and forward thinking hazard mitigation planning activities.
Application Procedure: Applications will be accepted over-the-counter (OTC) until available funds are exhausted. Applications will be reviewed based on eligibility threshold criteria in the original 2010 DRI Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), as amended in 2011.
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