Published: June 11, 2020
In April 2018, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that the State of Florida would receive $633,485,000 in funding to support long-term mitigation efforts following Hurricanes Hermine, Matthew, and Irma through HUD’s newly created Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Program. This funding is intended to address mitigation needs to ensure the State of Florida is more resilient to future natural disasters. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is the lead agency and responsible entity for administering the CDBG-MIT funds allocated to the State, and they launched the Rebuild Florida Critical Facility Hardening Program to fund the hardening of critical buildings that serve a public purpose for local communities. This 100% grant funding (no local match required) is intended to enable critical facilities to better withstand the effects of identified hazard risks such as flooding, severe storms, tropical cyclones, coastal erosion, and wildfires.
The City of Leesburg has been designated as eligible to apply for this funding. In accordance with guidance supplied by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and HUD relevant to the impacts of COVID-19, the public input requirements for this program include the option to post information about proposed funding projects on a public website with the provision of a 14-day public comment period. A copy of this post and any public comments received will be provided to the DEO as part of the funding application submitted.
For more information regarding the facilities and projects, or if you have any questions or comments, Please use the links provided below for imformation and contact information:
Main Water Treatment Plan Emergency Generator and Critical Infrastructure Replacement Public Notice of Application
Turnpike Wastewater Treatment Facility Critical Infrastructure Replacement and Electrical Upgrades Public Notice of Application
Housing Critical Facility Hardening Program Public Notice of Application for Funding Information