COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS: MITIGATION

In 2018, the U.S. Congress allocated funding to help states and local governments impacted by disasters that happened from 2015 to 2017, mitigate or reduce the impact of future events in their communities. In August 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the rules for how states and local governments can use Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds.

Based on damage from storms like the 2015 floods, HUD made $18.5 million in CDBG-MIT funds available to the City of Columbia.

Public comments will be accepted on the plan through April 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

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UNDERSTANDING MITIGATION

Mitigation helps communities lessen the impacts of disasters by reducing or eliminating the long-term risk of death, injury, property loss or damage, suffering and hardship.

Mitigation helps communities lessen the impacts of disasters by reducing or eliminating the long-term risk of death, injury, property loss or damage, suffering and hardship. While it is impossible to eliminate all risks, CDBG-MIT funds will help the community decrease future disaster risks, through coordination with State and local planning activities.

 

These funds provide an opportunity for the City to use this assistance in areas impacted by the 2015 floods to carry out strategic and high-impact projects that will help save lives and reduce future losses to homes, businesses and critical government facilities

Note: This funding is separate from the HUD CDBG-DR funding that has been provided to the City for assistance to individual households. You can follow the CDBG-DR work at www.dr.columbiasc.gov.

PURPOSE OF CDBG-MIT FUNDS

HUD’s purpose for developing mitigation-specific funds is to:

  • Support data-informed investments in high-impact projects that will reduce risks from natural disasters.
  • Support the adoption of policies that reflect local and regional priorities which have long-lasting effects on community risk reduction.
  • Build capacity of States and local governments to analyze disaster risks and to update hazard mitigation plans through data and meaningful community engagement.

CDBG-MIT Funds help develop a risk reduction analysis on community lifelines:

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE

Residents, businesses, and other community members are encouraged to share feedback on how CDBG-MIT funds can help the most people and protect the most at-risk areas. View the Action Plan and submit your comments by email to [email protected] or by mail to: Community Development Department, ATTN: CDBG-MIT, 1401 Main Street, 4th floor, Columbia, SC 29201.

CDBG-MIT Public Comment Form

JOIN US!

The City is hosting two additional opportunities to for the public to engage in the development of the CDBG-MIT Action Plan and to share their comments on the proposed plan with City officials. On April 6, at 6:00 pm, the City will hold a virtual public hearing (online and by phone) where residents can learn more about the proposed projects in the plan and provide public comment. On April 21, the City will hold a virtual City Council meeting, where the plan will be presented for discussion and approval by the City Council.

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