Introduction

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued Washington State’s Department of Commerce (Commerce) $18.6 million dollars through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery program (CDBG-DR) to address the flooding that most heavily impacted Clallam, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties. $14.9 million of that money must address the impacts of the 98295 zip code. Currently, Commerce is working with local leaders, to develop a list of local priorities to inform an action plan that Commerce will send to HUD before funds can be issued to address the needs in the action plan. In the development of that action plan Commerce wants to inform and engage with residents to ensure the money is spent within HUD’s criteria as summarized “for necessary expenses for activities authorized under title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.) (HCDA) related to disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing, economic revitalization, and mitigation in the ‘most impacted and distressed’ (MID) areas resulting from a qualifying major disaster in 2020 or 2021.”

In this survey, you will be asked questions to help gather data, and inform this process. This survey will take about 5-10 minutes to complete. All questions are optional and any question, may be skipped, but we encourage you to complete the survey. In addition, thinking about the damage and recovery process may bring up difficult thoughts and memories. If you need someone to talk with, please call Washington Listens to just talk it through at 1-833-681-0211.

The timeline for completing HUD’s requirements and before the funds are issued is 6 months to one year from action plan submission. We understand that the timeframe of this process is not considerate of the immediate needs of the community. We are asking for your help accelerating this process by participating in this survey and future community engagement opportunities.
Please share this survey with other residents. If you would like more information about the CDBG-DR Program, you can find more information at the following website: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/comm_planning/cdbg-dr.

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