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The Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program was established under the American Samoa Government (ASG) and administered by the Department of Commerce (DOC) under the Urban Planning & Development (UPD) division. It is fully federally funded by the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). On January 27, 2020, HUD announced an award of $3.8 billion of CDBG-DR funds to assist in the recovery and relief efforts of disasters that occurred in 2017, 2018, and 2019. 

In October 2021, HUD allocated $23,039,000 of CDBG-DR funds to ASG to address unmet recovery needs from Tropical Cyclone Gita in 2018. HUD requires recipients to provide an Action Plan outlining how the money will be applied to unmet needs following a disaster. On December 4, 2020, DOC submitted an Action Plan proposing using these funds. DOC has received partial approval of this Action Plan and plans to submit a Substantial Amendment to seek full approval in June 2022.  On September 1, 2022, DOC submitted its 1st Substantial Amendment for HUD review. On October 14, 2022, HUD announced its approval of the Substantial Amendment and released the full award of $23,039,000.00 to address the identified project-Tualauta Drainage System to address the most impacted areas from Tropical Cyclone Gita and improve its infrastructure needs.

Table 1 below shows the intended breakdown of the total award within the allowable caps:









The Tualauta Drainage System continues to partner with the Department of Public Works (DPW), Office of Disaster Assistance & Petroleum Management (ODAPM), and Governor's Office (GO) to steer the utilization of the CDBG -DR funds to complete the Tualauta Drainage.


Information updated on 08/22/2023 at 12:41 PM

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