In 2014, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), a competitive grant program designed to help communities improve their ability to withstand and recover more quickly from disasters.
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Resilien-Seeds: “Building Community through Resilience”
In 2014, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), a competitive grant program designed to help communities improve their ability to withstand and recover more quickly from disasters. Through the NDRC, HUD is making $1 billion of unallocated Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds available for states that experienced Presidentially Declared Major Disasters between 2011 and 2013. The intent of this competition is to encourage new approaches to disaster recovery that focuses on strengthening long-term resilience to the impacts of disasters, rather than on simply rebuilding.
Recognizing that resilience is a continuous process incorporated throughout a comprehensive emergency management program, the District is taking advantage of this unique grant opportunity to build upon previous efforts and create a legacy of resilience throughout the District.
The Resilien-Seeds program will institutionalize a culture for District resilience in order to sustain and improve the quality of life for the District’s Whole Community—encompassing District departments and agencies; individuals and communities, including vulnerable populations; nongovernmental organizations; the private sector; special districts/authorities; the Federal Government; and regional entities—to ensure that pre-disaster efforts provide for an intact post-disaster community.
The Whole Community is the starting point to build disaster resilience. Without community engagement, the District cannot achieve long term resilience. Resilien-Seeds will promote self-sufficiency and shared responsibility by developing and implementing projects at the neighborhood level that provide for a stable infrastructure, economic development, and community cohesion. Connecting and working in partnership with the community; building on existing networks, resources and strengths; and empowering the community to exercise choice and take responsibility are some of expected outcomes of Resilien-Seeds.
The District is currently developing a Phase I proposal which is due to HUD on March 16, 2015. As part of this proposal, the District is analyzing data from previous disasters (e.g. floods, serve storms, etc.) to better define the barriers to resilience, such as aging infrastructure, changing demographics, and affordable housing. The District will engage the Whole Community through a public meeting and outreach to assist in developing a shared understanding of community’s risks and values. By conducting a comprehensive disaster analysis and combining it with information gathered from community engagement, the District will identify the most vulnerable populations and find creative solutions to increase survivability. The final Phase I proposal will include Resilien-Seeds strategic goals and initiatives that will endure when grant funding is no longer available.
NOTE: The draft District application will be posted on this page on or about March 13th.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question:What are some examples of projects that may potentially be executed within Resilien-Seeds? Answer: Some example projects are:
Economic development and job creation projects (job training, local entrepreneurship, etc.)
Social cohesion projects (‘Neighbor to Neighbor’, etc.)
Policy initiatives to promote individual and community resilience
Question:Is there specific data, information, or planning support that will be requested of my agency? Answer: Yes. The Core Team is working with contractual support to develop a compliance matrix as well as identify associated data and information requirements. A data call requesting specific information will be coordinated with appropriate agencies following development of the compliance matrix and data and information requirements.
Question:The Resilien-Seeds concept references leveraging District programs and organizations, is there interest in partnering and leveraging external resources? Answer: Yes. One of the objectives of the NDRC is to leverage existing partnerships and resources in the community and region. The District is looking to establish valuable partnerships and leverage external investment to the extent possible. The Core Team is developing a support matrix which will depict potential partnerships, in addition to identify potentially beneficial commitments and endorsements that the District will seek to supplement the NDRC application.
Question:When will the pilot program begin? Answer: NDRC funds are scheduled to be awarded in December 2015. If that holds, then the pilot program is anticipated to begin in February 2016.
Question:What is the overall timeline for this program? Answer: The District Government is committing to building and sustaining Resilien-Seeds. While the specific timeline for the program will be defined within Phase II, it is anticipated that any project funded by the NDRC will be completed within a four year period of performance.
Question:How can I/my agency/my community group get involved in this program? Answer: If you or your agency/community are interested in supporting the District’s efforts, please contact:
DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
2720 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20032
(202) 727-6161 | email@example.com
Question:Is the program District specific or will it extend to the National Capital Region? Answer: While Resilien-Seeds is District focused, some projects may have a regional impact.