Attention: Counties with a Federal Emergency Management Individual Assistance disaster declaration for Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $58,602,000, under the Disaster Relief Appropriation Act (Public Laws 114-223 and 114-254), to the state for recovery in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared counties impacted by Disaster Declaration 4280 (Hurricane Hermine) and Declaration 4283 (Hurricane Matthew). The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is the lead agency and responsible entity for administering Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program. DEO is requesting that local governments with a FEMA Individual Assistance disaster declaration for Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew submit a preliminary list of eligible projects to address unmet housing needs. While local governments are not required to submit preliminary projects, this information will help the state determine which counties have remaining significant unmet housing needs and may be used to support a request to redistribute the HUD determined Most Impacted and Distressed allocation detailed in Federal Register, Volume 82, Number 11.

These funds are to be used to address unmet housing needs, or infrastructure in support of housing needs that still remain after other federal assistance such as the FEMA, Small Business Administration, or private insurance has been allocated. This preliminary data request will not supplant the application process and submission of preliminary estimates does not guarantee that projects will be funded.

Generally, eligible projects should:

  • Demonstrate tie-back to the hurricane event (Hermine or Matthew).
  • Primarily address unmet housing needs or clearly support low- and moderate-income (LMI) person's housing needs.
  • Primarily serve LMI populations. At least 70 percent of the entire CDBG-DR grant award must be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons (see Federal Register, Volume 81, Number 224).
  • Meet a National Objective of the Community Development Block Grant Program (see Meeting a National Objective).
  • Not duplicate benefit. This means that projects cannot receive assistance from multiple sources for the same purpose and that total assistance cannot be greater than the need for that type of assistance.

Please submit eligible projects, using the correct table format (see CDBG-DR Request for Preliminary Projects Table), to the Department of Economic Opportunity at by close of business, Friday, June 2, 2017. DEO staff is available to provide technical assistance or answer questions concerning this request. For questions or assistance please contact Adriane Burgess at 850-717-8444 or Robin Grantham at 850-717-8426 or at

Counties with an Individual Assistance Disaster Declaration


  • Citrus
  • Dixie
  • Hernando
  • Hillsborough
  • Leon
  • Levy
  • Manatee
  • Pasco
  • Pinellas
  • Taylor
  • Wakulla


  • Brevard
  • Duval
  • Flagler
  • Indian River
  • Nassau
  • Putnam
  • Seminole
  • St. Johns
  • Volusia
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