Today, Department of Housing (DOH) Commissioner Evonne M. Klein sent letters to the chief elected officials of eight shoreline communities, who received funding under the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program, also known as the Superstorm Sandy recovery program. Following this week’s snow storm, which resulted in some localized flooding along the Connecticut coastline, Commissioner Klein felt it was important to remind Mayors and First Selectmen of the federally imposed timeline for expending these awards so that they will be able to complete their infrastructure upgrades. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mandates that all funding under this program must be fully expended within two years of executing a contract with the state.
Twelve municipalities received funding under the CDBG-DR program to make critical upgrades to their local infrastructure following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and eight of those municipalities are considered to be “behind schedule,” meaning that they have missed critical deadlines, by not demonstrating sufficient progress as outlined in their contract agreements. These grants were awarded directly to the municipalities and are separate from the individual grants awarded to residents so they can rebuild their homes. Projects range in scope and size and the chief elected officials were informed at the execution of their contracts that they must complete these upgrades within two years or the federal government could recapture the funding.