MULTIPLE CLIENTS: State of Louisiana; State of California, Shelby County, TN; Birmingham, AL; State of Florida; State of New York; St. Tammany Parish, LA; Jefferson Parish, LA; Springfield, MA
In September 2014, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development made available $1B in CDBG-DR funding via a competitive application process to states and units of local government that sustained natural disasters in 2011 – 2013 for the purpose of promoting innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future disasters and other events.
GCR supported multiple clients during both phases of the NDRC in the full span of application development ranging from detailed project coordination, stakeholder engagement, rigorous analytics and project design. Our clients’ projects ranged from resettlement of a community off of a disappearing island along Louisiana’s coast to the reconfiguring of river banks and marshlands to protect vulnerable communities from future flood events. GCR’s responsibilities included identifying and compiling data related to the most significant current and future risks and vulnerabilities, all applicable resilience-oriented planning initiatives and identifying unmet recovery needs in the areas of infrastructure, housing, environmental degradation, and economic development. GCR also collaborated with regional partners to develop multi-jurisdictional approaches and engaged public, private, and philanthropic partners to propose innovative strategies to create more resilient communities.