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HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition FAQ

What is the HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition?

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDR) made $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. The NDRC was a year-long competition structured in two phases: (1) the Phase 1 “Framing Phase” and (2) the Phase 2 “Implementation Phase.” The competition was structured to guide applicants in the framing phase through broad consideration of their disaster recovery needs, vulnerabilities, stakeholder interests, resilience, and other community development investment alternatives.  Funding for the competition is from the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) appropriation provided by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (PL 113-2), which made emergency funds available for Hurricane Sandy and other Presidentially declared major disasters occurring in 2011-2013. 


Did the State advance to Phase 2 of the competition? 

Yes, the State is one of 40 finalists selected to compete in Phase 2 of the Competition. To read the HUD press release, click here.

What happened in Phase 1?

As per competition guidelines, the State's Phase 1 application did not propose specific projects, but proposed a holistic, systems-based approach to developing resiliency projects that consider the physical, social, economic, and environment resilience of both man-made and natural systems.

What happened in Phase 2?

In Phase 2, each finalist is invited to propose specific projects that advance their community’s comprehensive resilience plans, as envisioned in Phase 1.  Selected projects will be funded from a total pool of nearly $1 billion—$181 million is set aside for projects in New York and New Jersey. The maximum grant award available at the end of Phase 2 will be $500 million and the minimum will be $1 million. 

When was the Phase 2 application due? 

The State submitted its Phase 2 application on October 27, 2015..  

When will HUD announce winning proposals? 

HUD expects to announce the winning proposals in January 2016. HUD must obligate the funds (sign a grant agreement) by September 30, 2017, and grantees will have 24 months to expend funds after obligation, unless a waiver is granted. 

Was New York Funded?

Yes.  In its application, Reimagining Resilience, the State proposed a program to make resiliency improvements at public housing sites in communities vulnerable to storm surge. 
  • The State’s program which focused on housing was awarded $35.8 million for the Public Housing Resiliency Pilot Program. This program aims to reduce the impacts of coastal and riverine flooding by targeting climate-impacted Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) in Nassau and Broome Counties.    
  • The State will provide funding to four PHAs for site-specific physical resilience recommendations based on new resilient guidelines provided by Enterprise Community Partners as well as the social and economic resilience of their residents.   
  • The state made a commitment to provide workforce development opportunities for residents at three storm-impacted PHAs located in Nassau County.

When will projects commence?

The program commenced in the second quarter of 2016. 


Where can I learn more?

To view the State's Phase 2 Application, click the PDF documents below:
For more information, visit the HUD portal at / or contact GOSR directly at [email protected].