COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT – DECLARED DISASTER RECOVERY FUNDS
The City and County of Honolulu (City) was recently notified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that $3,975,000 in Community Development Block Grant – Declared Disaster Recovery Funds (CDBG – DDRF) will be allocated to the City. CDBG – DDRF are being made available to assist recovery efforts in response to the flooding in April 2018. In order to receive CDBG-DDRF funding, the City must amend its Twenty-Fifth (25th) Year Action Plan and enter into a Grant Agreement with HUD by September 27, 2019. Therefore, the City requested, and HUD has provided, a statutory suspension of the citizen participation requirement, which reduces the public comment period to five (5) days. The proposed amendments to the City’s Twenty-Fifth (25th) Year Action Plan, to include the projects below, are provided for your information and use. In addition, any CDBG-DDRF funds not committed or spent by September 27, 2020 may be redirected to any of the following projects listed below.
PROJECT TITLE & DESCRIPTION_______________________________________________________ PROPOSED AMOUNT
CDBG – DDRF PROJECTS
Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency – Remediation and Resilience Hardening $2,200,000
Renovation of the Waimanalo District Park gym to repair damage caused by flooding in April 2018. The renovations,
which will strengthen the gym in order to better withstand future disasters, may include roof replacement, installation
of wind resistant windows and entryways, ADA improvements, and the installation of a photovoltaic system.
Department of Design and Construction – Public Land and Resource Reconstruction and Hardening $980,000
Citywide public flood and drainage improvements at locations which were impacted by the flooding in April 2018 to
mitigate further or future storm impacts.
City and County of Honolulu – Program Administration $795,000
Administration of the City’s CDBG – DDRF funded projects.
CDBG – DDRF PROJECTS TOTAL $3,975,000
CDBG – DDRF ALTERNATE PROJECTS
Department of Community Services – Acquisition of Affordable Housing $2,100,000
Acquisition of housing in Waimanalo for persons displaced or living in uninhabitable homes due to the flooding in April 2018.
Department of Community Services – Rehabilitation Assistance to Impacted Households $1,500,000
Rehabilitation of housing in Waimanalo and East Honolulu, owned by low- and moderate-income homeowners, to repair
damage caused by the flooding in April 2018.
Honolulu Fire Department – Waimanalo Fire Station $3,180,000
Renovation of the Waimanalo Fire Station to repair damage caused by flooding in April 2018. The renovations
which will strengthen the facility to better withstand future disasters, may include weatherization, roof replacement,
installation of wind resistant windows and entryways, ADA improvements, and the installation of a photovoltaic system.
Department of Design and Construction – Waimanalo Public Land and Resource $700,000
Reconstruction and Hardening
Public flood and drainage improvements at locations in Waimanalo, which were impacted by the flooding in April 2018
to mitigate further or future storm impacts.
CDBG – DDRF ALTERNATE PROJECTS TOTAL $7,480,000
The proposed amendment to the City’s Twenty-Fifth (25th) Year Action Plan is available for public review on the City’s website at:
In addition, the City has requested waivers to the following provisions:
1) 24 CFR 91.225(b)(4)(ii) to allow the City to revise its certification of compliance for the seventy percent (70%) overall benefit requirement from an annual basis to a three (3) year period.
2) 24 CFR 570.207(b)(3) to permit new housing construction.
For HUD Program Years 2019, 2020, and 2021, the benefit test will be for the combined three (3) years instead of a one (1) year period.
Interested parties are invited to review the proposed amendments and submit written comments by September 24, 2019, to the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services, Federal Grants Unit, 925 Dillingham Boulevard, Suite 240, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 or by email to email@example.com.
This notice also corrects the City’s CDBG Overall Benefit Certification for HUD Program Years 2009 through 2019, previously approved by HUD, which stated that the certification period was for three (3) years instead of one (1) year. For Program Years 2009 through 2018, the City’s CDBG Overall Benefit Certifications should have been for a single year, as applicable for the year the funds were awarded.
Nelson H. Koyanagi, Jr., Director
Department of Budget and Fiscal Services
By order of KIRK CALDWELL, MAYOR
City and County of Honolulu