USVI Hurricane Recovery

The purpose of the USVI Hurricane Recovery site is to provide the public with data on major federal funding awarded to the US Virgin Islands to assist in its response, recovery and resiliency from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Additional insight into the various grants and programs available to the territory and awards to date can be found by clicking on each item below.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Individual Assistance program (also known as the Individual and Households Program or IHP) provides support to disaster survivors who have lost their residences as a result of a Presidentially-declared Major Disaster or Emergency. Assistance cannot be duplicated for items recovered by insurance or other sources. Additionally, FEMA may also assist with medical, child care, funeral and burial, essential household items, moving and storage, and vehicle expenses as a result of a disaster.

To learn more about the FEMA Individual Assistance Program, click here.

* Assistance dollars represent amounts approved but may not yet be disbursed.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides federal assistance to state, tribal, territorial, local governments, and certain types of private nonprofit (PNP) organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from Major Disasters or Emergencies. Through the program, FEMA provides supplemental federal disaster grant assistance to States and local governments as well as certain PNP organizations for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged facilities. The PA program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing additional assistance for cost effective hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process. The federal share of assistance is not less than 75 percent of the eligible cost.

To learn more about the FEMA Public Assistance Program, click here.

* Assistance dollars represent amounts approved but may not yet be disbursed.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. Loans may be available to cover disaster expenses that are not fully covered through insurance or funding from FEMA. These disaster expenses may include repairs and replacement of physical assets damaged in a declared disaster, as well as small business operating expenses after a declared disaster.

To learn more about the SBA, click here.

* Assistance dollars represent amounts approved but may not yet be disbursed.

The Community Disaster Loan (CDL) Program provides operational funding to help local governments that have incurred a significant loss in revenue, due to a Major Disaster, that has or will adversely affect their ability to provide essential municipal services. The CDL Program provides funds to any eligible jurisdiction in a designated area.

To learn more about the FEMA Community Disaster Loan Program, click here.

* Assistance dollars represent amounts approved but may not yet be disbursed.

The FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to communities for implementing hazard mitigation measures following a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration. The key purpose of this grant program is to take sustainable, cost-effective action to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from future disasters. HMGP recipients have primary responsibility for prioritizing, selecting, and administering state and local hazard mitigation projects. Although individuals may not receive grants directly from FEMA, they may be able to participate in projects that are funded by HMGP grants.

To learn more about the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, click here.

* Assistance dollars represent amounts approved but may not yet be disbursed.

Information regarding specific projects funded with HMGP grants will be shared once they have been finalized.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides flexible grants to help cities, counties, and States recover from presidentially declared disasters, especially in low-income areas, subject to availability of supplemental appropriations. In response to presidentially declared disasters, Congress may appropriate additional funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program as Disaster Recovery grants to rebuild the affected areas and provide crucial seed money to start the recovery process. Since CDBG Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) assistance may fund a broad range of recovery activities, HUD can help communities and neighborhoods that otherwise might not recover due to limited resources.

Details on the USVI’s CDBG-DR funding are Coming Soon.

To learn more about the HUD CDBG-DR Program, click here.