Mayor Karl Dean announced Monday day that Metro will receive an additional $22.5 million in Community Development Block Grant Funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to continue ongoing disaster recovery efforts from the May 2010 flood.
The funds will supplement the $10.7 million in CDBG funds awarded to Nashville in September 2010 to support long-term disaster recovery efforts.
Metro Government is one of four Tennessee government entities to share $50 million in additional disaster funds in the state, with Nashville receiving the largest award amount. HUD awarded the additional funds based on calculated unmet needs for housing, business and infrastructure recovery, according to data the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration provided. The funding is provided through the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2010.
“The original disaster funds were used to address immediate needs to help home owners get back into their houses as quickly as possible and that work is continuing today,” Dean said in a release. “Through the We Are Home program, we’ve committed more than $9 million to help over 500 Nashville home owners make needed repairs to their homes and are working to assist another 250 home owners through the program.”
Dean announced the recently awarded funds will be used for 15 additional programs, such as expanding We Are Home to address more wide-ranging housing needs; cleaning up neighborhoods, greenways and parks; repairing infrastructure damaged in the flood; and purchasing additional abandoned homes that were not eligible for the initial FEMA-funded Hazard Mitigation Home Buyout Program.
The complete Disaster Recovery Action Plan is available online here.