The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the City of Dubuque $31.5 million to assist Bee Branch Watershed homeowners in repairing and “flood-proofing” their homes and for stormwater infrastructure improvements.
The City of Dubuque partnered with the State of Iowa to apply for federal funds through the final phase of the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC). This nearly $1 billion competition invited communities that have experienced natural disasters in 2011, 2012, or 2013 to compete for funds to help them rebuild and increase their resilience to future disasters.
The NDRC funds are scheduled to be disbursed to recipient communities in March 2016 and the City intends to implement the plans over the next several years. The program will include the addition of up to five grant-funded staff for the two to four year lifetime of the grant. City staff will develop plans for community outreach related to the Bee Branch Healthy Homes Resiliency Program to identify eligible properties.