Disaster Recovery - Fires and Floods of 2012/2013

House in a flood

Following the devastating floods of 2013, the State of Colorado received an initial congressional allocation of Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) in the amount of $62.8 million under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013.  Subsequently Colorado received two additional allocations bringing the total CDBG-DR grant for Colorado to $320,346,000 available to address recovery needs in the areas of housing, infrastructure, economic development and planning in response to the following Presidentially declared disasters:

  • DR 4145 - Colorado Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides and Mudslides (September 2013)
  • DR 4134 - Black Forest Wildfire (June 2013)
  • DR 4133 - Royal Gorge Wildfire (June 2013)
  • DR 4067 - High Park and Waldo Canyon Wildfires (June/July 2012)

These grant funds are implemented through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) is the designated State agency to manage and administer the funds.  In response, DOLA established the Disaster Recovery Unit (DRU) under the Executive Director’s Office (EDO), which was charged with coordinating the effective investment of CDBG-DR funds to further Colorado’s recovery.

The DRU acts as the central coordinator in the implementation of multiple recovery programs through our partner agencies acting as subgrantees which include DOLA’s Division of Housing (DOH), DPS’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), DOLA’s Division of Local Governments (DLG), the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), and the City of Longmont as the administrator of the Boulder County Collaborative’s allocation.

Administrative tree


Recovery Priorities 

Immediately following the 2013 floods, the Governor established a temporary office called the Colorado Recovery Office that was charged with coordinating with federal agencies on disaster recovery and conducting a series of public meetings to assess needs, establish recovery priorities and develop an Action Plan for HUD approval.  The CDBG-DR grant funds are intended to act in concert with other disaster recovery resources and fill gaps in the needs of households, businesses and local governments beyond the traditional recovery programs offered by FEMA, the Small Business Administration and other federal programs.  These needs have been periodically reassessed and adjusted based on changing demand and availability of other resources.  Material changes to the Action Plan require a public review process.  The current funding priorities are as follows:

HUD Program Area

Current Total Allocation



  • Household Assistance (DOH)
  • New Construction (DOH)
  • Boulder County Collaborative Household Assistance (Longmont)




  • Infrastructure for Local Governments (DHSEM)
  • Watershed and Ditch Restoration (DLG)
  • Boulder County Collaborative Infrastructure (Longmont)



Economic Revitalization

  • Business Grant Program (OEDIT)
  • Tourism Marketing (OEDIT)
  • Agriculture Business Grants (CDA and DOLA)




  • Planning and Resilience (DLG)
  • Watershed Capacity Grants (DLG)
  • Environmental Reviews (DRU and DLG)
  • Boulder County Collaborative Planning (Longmont)









Grant Status

As of 3/31/2021 the grant was 93% complete with all funds committed.  All economic recovery programs are complete and planning programs are mostly complete.  Expenditures are updated quarterly and projections are updated semi-annually.  The chart below shows expenditures through the first calendar quarter of 2021.

Grant status chart
Current Status By Major Program

The chart below is as of the end of March 2021.

Status by Major Program Chart
Accomplishments To Date

High level summary of accomplishments through March, 2021

Household Assistance
•    235 homes rehabilitated or replaced
•    120 households received rental assistance
•    35 households received down payment assistance
•    40 properties received clearance and demolition
•    85 home access projects (bridge and private road repair) completed

Housing New Construction*
•    1754 multi-family units created
•    103 single-family units created
*These units were created using a mix of CDBG-DR, Low Income Housing Tax Credits and other sources of financing.

Infrastructure – includes projects such as road and bridge repair, acquisitions for open space, public facilities, water and sewerage projects, and watershed restoration projects.
•    98 projects through DHSEM’s program to assist local governments
•    36 Watershed and Ditch projects through DLG
•    30 projects through the Boulder County Collaborative

Economic Development
•    212 Businesses received business grants to sustain operations
•    13 Tourism Marketing agencies received grant funding
•    66 Agriculture Businesses received business assistance

•    68 Planning and Capacity grants for local governments through DLG
•    23 Watershed capacity grants through DLG
•    4 Planning projects through the Boulder County Collaborative

Anti-Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

If you suspect Fraud, Waste, or Abuse by a State agency, employee or contractor, please report through the Colorado State Auditor Fraud Hotline website, email osafraudhotline@state.co.us or call (303) 869-3020.

For consumer fraud, please go to the Stop Fraud Colorado  website hosted by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.


Dave Bowman

Deputy Director, Department of Local Affairs