Community Development Block Grants - Mitigation

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In 2018, the U.S. Congress created Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds to help states impacted by disasters that happened from 2015 to 2017. In August 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the rules for how states can use CDBG-MIT funds.

Because of damage from storms like the 2017 floods, HUD made $41.5 million in CDBG-MIT funds available to Missouri.

On May 19, 2021, the Department of Economic Development announced that it will award $18.8 million to 29 recipients through its Community Development Block Grant Mitigation Program to help communities recently affected by disasters become more resilient. 

A second round of MIT applications are projected to open in late 2021.

Quick Links

CDBG Application Examples
CDBG Mitigation Guidelines, Narratives & NOFA

Duplication of Benefits Documentation

The Duplication of Benefits process and workbook are required for CDBG-DR projects that provide a direct benefit to a household for voluntary buyout/acquisition, repairs/rehabilitation to their home, and new construction of housing where a household is the direct beneficiary. 


Application Training

9/18/20 – Program and Application Overview + Application Walk Through

9/25/20 – Developing A Project Budget: Administrative vs. Activity Delivery Costs

10/2/20 – LEP Four Factor Analysis and Citizen Participation

10/9/20 – Environmental Review

Upload Program Documents

Upload Program Application(s) and Documents

The FTP is a file system that allows you to send large documents that are too big to go through email.

To upload a file to the CDBG FTP, please click the following link and enter the username and password provided below: 

Username: ded.cdbg
Password: BCSformupload2020

Need help? Click here.

Citizens Advisory Committee

Name Title Organization Experience
Jessica Catron State Disaster Recovery Coordinator SEMA Disaster Mitigation Expert
Doug Hermes Executive Director Missouri Association of Councils of Government Statewide applicants/grant writing and administration
Steve Hobbs Executive Director Missouri Association of Counties Statewide applicants (counties)
Richard Sheets Executive Director Missouri Municipal League Statewide applicants (municipalities)
Gerritt Brinks Executive Director Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council

MID applicants/grant writing and administration

Jason Ray Executive Director Southwest Missouri Council of Governments MID applicants/grant writing and administration
Cody Dalton Executive Director South Central Ozarks Council of Governments MID applicants/grant writing and administration
Maura Taylor Executive Director Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri Local sub-applicant/public service delivery
Shad Burner Regional Manager, Southeast Missouri Department of Economic Development MID resident and business liaison
Mark Stombaugh Director, Regional Engagement Division Missouri Department of Economic Development MID resident and business liaison
Crystal Jones Executive Director Ozark Foothills Council of Governments MID applicants/grant writing and administration

CDBG-MIT Citizens Advisory Committee Guidelines

Meeting Details

December 1, 2021

Understanding Mitigation

Mitigation helps communities lessen the impacts of disasters by reducing or eliminating the long-term risk of death, injury, property loss or damage, suffering and hardship. Mitigation activities can include:

Public Infrastructure: Reduces risks for flood, fire, wind and other hazards.
Affordable Housing: Increases available affordable housing in lower-risk areas of communities affected by storms.
Property Buyouts: Reduces risk from future flooding in floodways, 100-year flood plains or Disaster Risk Reduction Areas by purchasing property at risk of future damage and converting it to green space.
Planning: Helps develop land use plans and make upgrades to mapping and data systems. Planning can also help reduce the amount residents pay for flood insurance each year.

How Funding Can Be Used

There are several ways to use CDBG-MIT funds, but HUD has some rules that states must follow when working with local governments and residents to protect communities from future disasters. Missouri must:

  • Spend at least half of the funds to benefit areas that were the most affected by the 2017 floods.
  • Use at least 50% of the funds for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income residents.

How Your Community Can Prepare for Future Storms

Local governments, businesses, residents and other community members are encouraged to share feedback on how CDBG-MIT funds can help the most people and protect the most at-risk areas. Submit your comments to

Public Hearing Materials

CDBG-Mitigation Public Hearing Presentation (English)

CDBG-Mitigation Public Hearing Presentation (Spanish)

Public Comment Form

Overview Fact Sheet

Affordable Housing Fact Sheet

Buyout Fact Sheet

Infrastructure Fact Sheet

Resilience Planning Fact Sheet