Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR)

In November 2021, the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it was awarding Washington State Department of Commerce $30,823,000 in funding to support long-term recovery efforts subsequent to the 2021 Western Washington Storm and Floods (2021 WWSF). CDBG-DR funds were allocated in response to FEMA DR-4635 through the publication of Federal Register, Vol.87, No. 100, May 24, 2022 (87 FR 31636) and Federal Register, Vol.88, No.11, January 18, 2023 (88 FR 3198), made available through Public Laws 117-43 and 117-180. 

CDBG-DR funding is designed to address needs that remain after all other assistance has been exhausted by funding long-term recovery and mitigation efforts in the HUD identified most impacted and distressed area (Whatcom County). Commerce is coordinating with local, state, tribal and federal partners to prioritize the use of funds within these funding parameters to support programs that provide long-term recovery assistance and mitigate disaster risks and reduce future losses. 

For more information, see HUD Exchange- CDBG-DR Programs and HUD CDBG-DR Laws, Regulations, and Federal Register Notices

Flooding in Washington

 Photo Credit: Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management

State Seeking Input on Draft Action Plan-

Community Development Block Grant- Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR)
-2021 Western Washington Storm and Flooding

The DRAFT Public Action Plan determines priorities and establishes strategic goals for the proposed use of CDBG-DR funds made available through the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Grant funds were allocated to Washington State for long-term recovery and mitigation efforts in response to the 2021 Western Washington storm and flooding- FEMA Declared Disaster (DR-4635-WA) significantly affecting multiple counties and tribes, with Whatcom County sustaining the most severe damages. 

The DRAFT Public Action Plan will be open for a 30-day public comment period from November 22-December 22, 2023

2021 CDBG-DR DRAFT Public Action Plan-

Commerce will hold a virtual public comment meeting on December 11, 2023, from 3:30 PM to 5PM. The virtual public comment meeting will be recorded and posted later to the Disaster Recovery webpage. 

Attend the meeting to learn more and deliver your comments. 
By Dialing in:
1 (253) 215-8728
Meeting ID: 833 3280 9151
Passcode 613587

By following this link:

For accommodations, please contact or leave a message at 206-713-6997 by December 1, 2023, to help you participate in the public comment process. 

A summary of public comments, along with Commerce required responses, will be included in the DRAFT Public Action Plan submitted to HUD. 
Questions and comments must be received by December 22, 2023. 

  1. Use this fillable form: Public Comment DRAFT Public Action Plan
  2. Email your comments to
    Subject: Disaster Recovery Draft Action Plan
  3. U.S Mail postmarked by Monday December 18, 2023:
    Washington State Dept. of Commerce
    Nicole Patrick, Local Government Division
    1011 Plum St SE
    Olympia, WA 98504-2525

Information provided to the Department of Commerce is subject to public disclosure, pursuant to RCW 42.56. 

From November 5 through December 2, 2021, Washington experienced intense and sustained storms caused by a series of atmospheric river events originating from the Gulf of Alaska. Over these 27 days, the National Weather Service issued hundreds of weather warnings about periods of high winds, intense rainfall, flooding, and landslides throughout western Washington. Residences, businesses, and infrastructure throughout Clallam, Skagit, and Whatcom counties were significantly impacted, with Whatcom sustaining the most severe damages. 

On December 17, 2021, Governor Jay Inslee requested a major disaster declaration due to flooding and mudslides during the period of November 13-15, 2021, for counties in northwest Washington and three federally recognized Indian tribes. On January 5, 2022, President Joseph Biden approved Governor Inslee’s request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the disaster-impacted areas. 

Commerce is the lead agency and responsible entity for administering $30,823,000. In CDBG-DR funds allocated for disaster recovery. 
These programs include: 

  • Housing
  • Infrastructure 
  • Resilience Planning
  • Mitigation
  • Administration

Citizen Participation Policy
CDBG-DR Grant Administration Manual- Duplication of Benefits, Procurement, Website, Financial Management and Auditing

Please Note: These documents have been remediated with regard to accessibility in order to meet applicable State law. As a result of the remediation process, the appearance of the document may be slightly different than the original executed hard copy, however, remediation does not and will not change any verbiage of the signed agreement, so the version posted on this website is identical in deliverables, milestones, terms, and conditions to the non-remediated version. Should an electronic scanned copy of the original executed document be needed, please send your request to us at the following email address:

Current Procurement Status
CDBG-DR Contracts

Through this Notice, HUD seeks to:

  • Advance equitable distribution of assistance, including planning for targeted assistance to residents of underserved communities, members of protected classes under fair housing and civil rights laws, and vulnerable populations who have been historically marginalized and can be adversely affected by disasters that often exacerbate existing inequities
  • Improve long-term community resilience by:
    • Fully integrating resilience planning and hazard mitigation activities into disaster recovery to reduce the impacts of climate change and future disasters
    • Encourage green recovery efforts (focusing on healthier water and air, and effective debris and waste management)
    • Address environmental justice concerns associated with disaster recovery efforts
    • Address recovery needs for accessible, resilient, and affordable housing for low- and moderate-income persons

Source: 6326-N-01 Allocations for CDBG-DR & Consolidated Waivers and Alternatives (PDF)

Program Links



Nicole Patrick
CDBG-DR Program Manager

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