BLOCK GRANT-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR)

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 awarded $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. 

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








DOC was issued its partial award and the first release of funds for $6,500,000.

Table 2 below shows the distribution of the partial award amount:




DOC submitted its first Substantial Amendment to the initial Action Plan for HUD's review on September 1, 2022, after a 30-day public comment period from July 28, 2022, to August 28, 2022. In the initial Action Plan, programs identified were a Home Recovery & Rehabilitation Program and Tualauta Drainage for homes most affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita. By utilizing the best available data and considering an influx of housing assistance resources available in the Territory, the Substantial Amendment removes the Home Recovery &Rehabilitation PRogram and focuses only on the Tuaulatua Drainage Project addressing the imminent demand for the infrastructure for American Samoa's most densely populated area-Tuaulauta District which was most affected by Cyclone Gita in 2018. 


Information updated on 9/22/2022 at 1:00 PM

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