Hurricane Sandy: Public Assistance Match Program

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HGA partnered with the State of New York in implementing GOSR’s FEMA Public Assistance (PA)/Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Match Program, which allocates CDBG-DR funds to provide the non-federal match required under FEMA PA. The Program included over 16,000 PWs written/funded by FEMA for infrastructure related activities due to Hurricane Irene (DR-4020), Tropical Storm Lee (DR-4031), Hurricane Sandy (DR-4085), New York Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm (DR-4111) and New York Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-4129).

The Program’s goal and our mission were to ensure entities across the state receive an equitable distribution of CDBG-DR funding across all eligible disasters, counties, and applicants, in accordance with all applicable regulations. Our scope involved the prioritization, review, and evaluation of FEMA PA Project Worksheets (PWs) to determine eligibility and proper procurement and financial documentation to recommend CDBG-DR funding disbursement. The review and recommendation process addresses programmatic eligibility and documentation parameters to meet all federal, state, and local compliance requirements.

Spearheading efforts funded by FEMA, HGA has assumed responsibility for GOSR’s Public Assistance (PA) Match Program, nearly doubling the realized match in just one year and yielding an estimated $7-10 million in cost savings. Similarly, HGA was instrumental in FEMA’s approval of a pioneering Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Match, which enabled GOSR to bank more than $100 million that could then be put toward additional housing needs.

Former State Executive Director