CDBG-DR funds may be used by local communities to pay for any match required for FEMA Public Assistance projects.
Public assistance projects following a declared disaster range from debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged publicly-owned facilities, and the facilities of certain non-profit organizations. Local Governments may be responsible for as much as 25% of the cost for any Public Assistance.
Community driven infrastructure projects eligible for public assistance may also be completed to higher standards using CDBG-DR funds. Following Hurricane Ike, local communities chose to utilize CDBG-DR funds to upgrade projects such as the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Galveston. Public Assistance funds paid for approximately $3.5 million, while additional CDBG-DR funds of approximately $81.5 million paid for modern day technology and additional measures that will allow the WWTP to stay on line through high winds and storm surges.