The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) administers the state's Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grant dollars received from HUD for flood and fire recovery programs. The program addresses housing, infrastructure, planning, and economic development, including agricultural businesses.
Funding goes toward needs not addressed through other sources of public and private assistance such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Small Business Administration.
This program reimburses local governments, communities, small business owners, farmers and homeowners for expenses associated with recovery projects and services. Funds reimburse grantees for costs incurred throughout the phases of ongoing, extensive reconstruction and rebuilding.
This program supports recovery efforts in 19 Presidentially declared flood or fire-impacted counties, with a majority of the funds going to the most impacted counties: Boulder, Larimer and Weld. The grant stipulates 50 percent of the funds be distributed to low- and moderate-income households.
In addition to administering CDBG-DR funds, DOLA has been a partner with local communities in addressing long term recovery needs following disasters. DOLA’s divisions and staff provide a wide range of services that help communities with their capacity and long range goals throughout and beyond the disaster recovery process. Services include housing, technical and financial assistance and planning. DOLA’s regional staff play a significant role in delivering services and support to communities as they work to rebuild to become better and stronger.