Welcome to the USVI Housing Finance Authority’s dedicated site for managing the Community Development Block Grants for Mitigation (CDBG-MIT), provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Unlike the Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds, which have been awarded for hurricane-specific disaster recovery, mitigation dollars can fund projects of a varying nature to serve the Territory’s most important mitigation needs, even without a clear tie-back to a specific disaster.
On this page, you will find resources on mitigation programs and activities, as well as information on tracking and reporting the responsible use of these funds.
What is CDBG-MIT?
Hurricanes Irma and Maria had a devastating impact on the United States Virgin Islands. The two back-to-back Category 5 storms in September 2017 caused significant destruction to housing, infrastructure, and the economy in the Territory.
- HUD mitigation activities increase resilience to disasters, reducing or eliminating the long-term risk of loss of life, injury, damage to and loss of property, and suffering and hardship. Learn more about the CDBG-MIT Program.
- The U.S. Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA) manages this money, submitting to HUD the Territory’s CDBG-MIT Action Plan prior to expending the CDBG-MIT funds. The plan proposes activities to address unmet infrastructure and public facilities, economic resilience, housing, public services, and planning needs, in accordance with HUD requirements and public input, using data-driven decision making to establish priorities.
HUD published the CDBG-MIT U.S. Virgin Islands Notice on September 10, 2019.
HUD published theCDBG-MIT Notice on August 30, 2019.