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Published on Friday, October 17, 2014

National Disaster Resilience Competition – Your City May be Eligible

On June 14, 2014, President Obama announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC). In response to demand from state, local, and tribal leaders who are working to increase the safety and security of their communities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation, is providing $1 billion to communities to “help them become more resilient.”

NDRC is a two-phase process that will support innovative resilience projects at the local level to help communities recover from prior disasters, and improve their ability to withstand and recover more quickly from future disasters, hazards, and shocks.

The State of Washington is the only eligible applicant in the state for this national funding competition (i.e. local and tribal governments cannot apply independently from the state). In Washington, three qualifying disasters are eligible. The declared counties and tribes are as follows:

Presidentially Declared Major Disasters 2011-13 – Washington

The State Department of Commerce will be preparing the state’s application and needs assistance from affected communities with data to support this application. Please send any responses or questions to Kaaren Roe, Washington state CDBG, Department of Commerce. Please get materials in as soon as possible and no later than Oct 21. Please also copy Jane Wall at AWC so we can keep track of the need and interest.

Specific Information Needed (Must be as a Result of a Qualifying Disaster)

Please provide local information that establishes need or impact from these specific disasters that meets these thresholds.

Most Impacted

  • Housing:
    • Minimum 100 homes damaged; or
    • Minimum 20 homes seriously damaged in a sub-county area.
  • Infrastructure: $2 million or greater damage to permanent infrastructure in a sub-county area.
  • Economic Revitalization: In a sub-county area
    • 1% or greater unemployment rate 6-12 months post disaster; or
    • 50 or more people no longer employed for 6-months or longer; or
    • Other harm to the economy
  • Environmental: Damage to natural resources which places housing, infrastructure, or economic revitalization at risk. Examples include: Damage to stream beds from a severe flooding event damaging a containment dike or dam increasing risk of more flood damage to property; damage to wetlands harming local economies such as fishing and eco-tourism. Applicants must describe the damage and support with references to any studies supporting the claim of future risk.


  • Low/Moderate Income: More than 50% of people earn less than 80% of median income. For a map of qualifying areas click here.
  • Shortage of Affordable Rental Housing:
    • At least 100 renters with income less than 50% of target area median income; and
    • 60% of these renters have a severe housing problem. We have used data provided by HUD for a preliminary determination of who meets this threshold. For a map of qualifying areas click here; or
    • More than 100 assisted rental housing units are at risk of damage from a future event.
  • Federal Target or Economically Fragile Area:
    • Tribal Area
    • Contains a Promise Zone
    • Strong Cities Strong Communities Site; and/or
    • Unemployment rate greater than 125% of the national average
  • Prior Environmental Distress: Contains a contaminated property cleaned, undergoing, or proposed for cleanup.

Unmet Recovery Needs

  • Housing: At least 20 households and/or still damaged homes must be documented to meet this requirement. NOTE: this has to be related to the Qualifying Disaster.
  • Infrastructure: What damage to permanent infrastructure has not yet been repaired due to inadequate resources in or serving the most impacted and distressed area?
    • Threshold: $400,000 minimum unfunded permanent infrastructure repair need
  • Economic Revitalization:
    • What is the extent of continuing unmet economic revitalization recovery need due to the qualifying disaster?
      • Minimum of 5 businesses with remaining repair needs; or
      • At least 10% continuing decreased business revenue for
        • 1 or most businesses with 10 or more employees; or
        • 3 or more smaller businesses
  • Environmental Degradation: Is there environmental damage from the disaster that has not yet been addressed and cannot be addressed with existing resources? If no, you do not have Unmet Recovery Needs for this subfactor. If yes:
    • Environmental degradation must threaten long-term recovery of critical natural resources AND place housing, infrastructure, and/or economic revitalization at risk.
    • Must demonstrate $400,000 or more remaining damage.