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Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) - 2022 Typhoon Merbok

FEMA Disaster #4672

merbok disaster area map

HUD-identified "most impacted and distressed" areas:

  • Bering Straits Regional Education Attendance Area
  • Kashunamiut Regional Education Attendance Area
  • Lower Yukon Regional Education Attendance Area

State-identified "most impacted and distressed" areas:

  • Lower Kuskokwim Regional Education Attendance Area
  • Pribilof Islands Regional Education Attendance Area

The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development works to rebuild Alaskan communities by putting Alaskans back in their homes, restoring critical infrastructure and mitigating future damage through resilient community planning.

The Division of Community and Regional Affairs is the lead agency for administering the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery for the 2022 Typhoon Merbok (CDBG-DR-MERBOK) funds on behalf of the State of Alaska. On May 18, 2023 HUD allocated  $38,493,000 (State Administration: $1,924,650; State Planning: $5,773,950; and Mitigation Set-Aside; $5,021,000) for recovery from the 2022 Typhoon Merbok. A minimum of $30,794,400 must be expended in the HUD-identified "most impacted and distressed" areas.

Resilience Planning and Practices

Planning is essential to ensure Alaskan communities, residents and businesses are prepared for future disasters. Hazard Mitigation Planning activities help local leadership and the public decide how to allocate funds for housing and infrastructure that is more resilient and reduces the risk of death, property damage, and suffering from natural disasters. 

The State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED) is collecting input on which activities could do the most to decrease risk and benefit the most people.

  • Resilience Planning: Uses hazard risk assessment to identify where floods, seismic activity, tsunamis, and landslides can cause harm to residents. It determines places where new housing will be safer, but where people will still be connected to transportation, schools, grocery stores and houses of worship. With lots of people looking for temporary and permanent housing, there is a shortage of safe, affordable housing in areas affected by disasters. Resilience planning helps to ensure housing and infrastructure are safe for the next generation and beyond.
  • Watershed Management: Brings together communities that are connected by a river or stream to balance the effects of disasters and helps people work together to understand and manage flooding, seismic activity, and other risks.
  • Natural Flood Protection: Includes strategies like creating constructed wetlands for floodwater storage and restoration of vegetated buffers.
  • Learning Tools of the Trade: Includes training and learning from local government officials, businesses or nonprofit organizations to help communities be more prepared and safer from disasters.
  • Home Retrofits: Includes updates and fortifications to homes and individual residences that reduce risks during earthquakes. Retrofits can also include improvements to reduce risk of wildfire events.

Applicable Plans

Public Notices

CDBG-DR Administrative Action Plan

CDBG-DR Citizen Participation Plan

  • To be published at a future date.
  • To be published in English, Inupiaq, Yupik, Cup'ig, and Aleut

CDBG-DR Language Access Plan

  • To be published at a future date.
  • To be published in English, Inupiaq, Yupik, Cup'ig, and Aleut

CDBG-DR Action Plan and Substantial Amendments

  • To be published at a future date.
  • To be published in English, Inupiaq, Yupik, Cup'ig, and Aleut

Disaster Recovery Grant Reporting (DRGR) Action Plan and Quarterly Performance Reports

  • To be published at a future date.
  • To be published in English, Inupiaq, Yupik, Cup'ig, and Aleut

Programs

  • State Administration / 5%
  • State and Local Planning  / 15%
    • Lidar Studies
    • Transition to National Spatial Reference System
    • Hydrology, Hydraulic, and Hydrodynamic Studies
    • Hazard Mitigation Planning
    • Community Development Planning
    • Economic Revitalization Planning
    • Historic Preservation Planning
  • Resilience and Mitigation / 15%
  • Public Services / 15%
    • Housing Counseling
    • Legal Advice and Representation
    • Job Training
    • Mental Health Services
    • General Health Services
  • Housing Recovery (New Construction, Rehabilitation, Reconstruction)
    • Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
      • Beringvue, Nome, AK
      • Bethel Heights, Bethel, AK
    • Association of Alaska Housing Authorities
      • Aleutian Housing Authority
      • Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) Regional Housing Authority
      • Bering Straits Regional Housing Authority
  • Public Infrastructure Recovery
    • Debris Removal
    • Emergency Protective Measures
    • Roads and Bridges
    • Water Control Facilities
    • Buildings and Equipment
    • Utilities (Sewer, Water, Electrical and Fuel)
    • Other (Park, Recreational Facilities, Fish Racks, Fish Hatcheries)
  • Economic Development

Related Documents

Related Applicable Laws and Regulations

Procurement Policies

Solicitations and Contracts

  • To be published at a future date.

Confidential Citizen Complaints may be filed at:

https://ak-ombuds.i-sight.com/portal 

or in writing on a complaint form, mailed to 

Alaska Ombudsman
1500 West Benson Blvd.,
Anchorage, AK 99503 

or via email to 

ombudsman@akleg.gov 

or by telephone at

907-269-5290

Report Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in HUD programs to

https://archives.hud.gov/offices/pih/programs/ph/rhiip/uivreporting.cfm

For more information about Alaska CDBG-DR Grants

Contact DCRA staff at cdbgdr@alaska.gov


Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development

CDBGDR@alaska.gov

Revised 01/03/2024

Content Reviewed 01/04/2024

The State of Alaska, Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED), complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This publication is available in alternative communication formats upon request. Please contact the DCRA Publication Specialist at 1-907-269-4560