Action Plans for Hurricane Sandy Recovery Funds

Date Published: 
December, 2013

The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 allows for $16 billion of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to be allocated to areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy, and other recent disasters. Text of the legislation and summaries can be found at the Library of Congress website or download a PDF of the bill here. In order for cities and states to allocate these disaster-related CDBG funds they must provide for a public comment period and have HUD approve an "Action Plan". This page provides links to the Action Plans and its ammendments for New York City. We also provide links to Actions Plan by New York State and New Jersey, below.

December 2014: Proposed Substantial Amendment 8 to CDBG-DR Action plan

On December 19, 2014 New York City officials released a proposed Action Plan Amendment 8 (Substantial Amendment) For CDBG-DR Funds, describing the proposed use of the third and final tranche of funding available through the federal Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, worth $994 million. The release of the proosed amendment triggers the beginning of a 30-day public comment period. Comments must be received by January 19, 2015

October 2014: Third and Final Round of $2.5 billion of CDBG-DR Funds for Sandy-impacted Region announced

On October 16, 2014 notice of the third allocation of CDBG-DR funds was published in the federal register. This triggers the timeline for amendments to the action plan, which will require 30 days for public comment before being submitted to HUD for final approval.

This third tranche of funding was originally announced by the the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on May 30, 2014. The funds are directed for recovery of Hurricane Sandy damaged areas in New York State, New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island to support unmet needs for recovery and resiliency. This tranche also includes funding for Rebuild by Design winning grantees.

New York City will receive approximately $994 million in CDBG-DR funding in the third tranche.

December 2013: Amendment 5 to CDBG-DR Action Plan

In the final days of the Bloomberg Administration, officials released proposed amendments to the Action Plan for Sandy CDBG-DR funds and announced a 30-day comment period. The deadline to submit comments is January 25th. In addition to written comments, public hearings are expected to be held regarding Action Plan Amendment 5. Details on the amendment and links to submit comments can be found at the NYC Recovery website.

October 28, 2013: HUD announced a second round of recovery funds worth $5.1 billion to be allocated to five Sandy-affected states and New York City. New York City's portion of the second round is $1.447 billion.

A notice published in the Federal Register provides updated program requirements governing the use of the funds by recipients. New guidelines require climate risk assessment and expand requirements for public engagement. Download the HUD Program Requirements [pdf]


October, 2013: Amendment 4 to CDBG-DR Action Plan A

The Bloomberg Administration announced fourth amendment to its Action Plan. Because the proposed amendments were considered "substantial" HUD requires a seven-day comment period. Community groups raised concern at the minimal notice and transparency associated with the proposed amendment. For more information see: Groups Chide Officials on Lack of Transparency and Community Engagement - and  comments submitted by Good Jobs New York

NYC Releases Substantial Amendment to CDBG-DR Action Plan


July, 2013: Amendment 1 to CDBG-DR Action Plan A 

The Bloomberg Administration announced an amendment to the approved Action Plan for the first round of CDBG funds on the NYC Recovery website along with a seven-day public comment period. Proposed CDBG-DR Action Plan Amendment 1 reallocates $10 million from the multi-family building rehabilitation allocation to the rental assistance allocation, clarifies the definition of buildings in the multi-family category and identifies programs to be funded with the $294 million allocated to resiliency investment activities that were not defined in the initial Action Plan.


May, 2013: New York City CDBG-DR Action Plan A is approved
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved New York City's Action Plan for the use of the first round of $1.77 billion in Community Development Block Grants. The city plans to begin distributing the money for housing, infrastructure, and business recovery by early summer 2013.

Partial Action Plan A details the proposed expenditure of $1.77 billion to fund the following items:

Housing Programs: $648,000,000
  • NYC Houses Rehabilitation and Reconstruction
  • Rental Assistance
  • Multi-Family Building Rehabilitation
  • Public Housing Rehabilitation and Resilience
Business Programs  $293,000,000
  •  Business Loan and Grant Program
  • Business Resiliency Investment Program
  •  Neighborhood Game Changer Investment Competition
  •  Infrastructure and building Resiliency Technologies Competitions
 Infrastructure and Other City Services $360,000,000 
  •  Public Services
  •  Emergency Demolition
  •  Debris Removal/Clearance
  •  Code Enforcement
  •  Rehabilitation/Reconstruction of Public Facilities
 Resilience $294,000,000 
  •  Resiliency Investments
 Citywide Administration and Planning $177,820,000 
  •  Planning
  •  Administration
 Total $1,772,820,000 

See also:

NYC Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations 

NYC Business Solutions.

March 22, 2013: New York City Action Plan is posted on the NYC Recovery website

New York City Officials open a 14 day write-in comment period for the public to respond to its proposal to use the first round of CDBG Sandy funds 

See comments from the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding Comments on NYC CDBG-Disaster Recovery Action Plan

Read the City's responses to public comments on the action plan (pdf)

The Action Plan and amendments can be found at NYC’s Recovery Community Development Block Grant website at:  [See also GJNY's At-a-Glance: Federal Disaster Relief After Sandy]


New York State Action Plan is on the New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) website, released March 12, 2013.

Comments to the New York State Action Plan include:




New Jersey Action Plan is on the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs website, released March 12, 2013.

Comments on the New Jersey Action Plan may be submitted via email to

Comments on the New Jersey Action Plan include: