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Evaluating Equity Efforts and Outcomes of CDBG-DR Funded Flood Resilience Efforts in Four Communities


Report Acceptance Date: November 2022 (48 pages)

Posted Date: February 13, 2024

This report describes a study conducted by ECP and Amplify on how Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) recipients incorporated equity into their disaster recovery and resiliency activities. Combining quantitative analyses with stakeholder interviews and document reviews, the study considered the experiences of four jurisdictions that received CDBG-DR funds following flood-based disasters that occurred between 2010 and 2013: the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Nashville-Davidson County in Tennessee, and the City of Chicago. The study’s findings reveal a range of challenges faced by grantees in serving low-income and other systemically marginalized communities, including in conducting communication and outreach, assisting populations with specific post-disaster needs (e.g., seniors, renters), identifying effective recovery strategies, and overcoming administrative burdens. The report also includes recommendations for policy and program changes, best practices, and lessons learned. At time of publication, the study and report are already informing the development of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) technical assistance (TA) resources for future CDBG-DR recipients.


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