CDBG Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR)

TNECD occasionally receives funding from HUD related to major presidentially-declared disasters. Congress will allocate disaster funding under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act as needed. These funding bills along with HUD dictate the programmatic requirements, eligibility, wiavers of the covered allocations. Generally, CDBG-DR funding must be used for activities which tie back to the impacts of the qualifying disaster(s). As the funding becomes available, TNECD will notify eligible communities. 

2020-21 CDBG-DR Program  Action Plan Public Meeting Notice

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) invites you to provide input as they develop the action plan for the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program for qualifying disasters from 2020 and 2021. This meeting will hear comments on the development of a draft plan.

 Tuesday October 24, 2023

10:00-11:00am CST

 William A. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower

Multi-Media Room (Third Floor)

312 Rosa L Parks Blvd

Nashville, TN 37243

 Those who wish to participate virtually can access the meeting by using the following link or call-in information: 

Join Meeting          629-209-4396;     Conference ID: 381933692#

The action plan will provide information on the requirements of the grant, designated areas of most impact and distress, eligible entities that may be awarded under the grant, the types of activities that are anticipated to be funded under the grant, and approximate amounts that are expected to be allocated for specific designated areas and types of activities. Additionally, this primary intent of these grant funds is to assist affected communities in the recovery of the qualifying disaster while primarily benefitting low and moderate income populations.

The action plan will be available for 30 days for public comment after the public meeting before the action plan is submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for approval.

For questions and accommodations, contact Kent Archer at

The William A. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower is an accessible facility with ground level entry on the second floor and elevator access to the third floor.

CDBG-DR Laws, Regulations, and Federal Register Notices

  • Between April 30 and May 2, 2010 more than 22-inches of rain fell in the western portion of Tennessee. Fed by massive rainfall and run-off from creeks and streams, the large rivers in the affected regions attained record crests. More than half of the state had reports of flood damage and approximately a dozen tornadoes in the storm touched down across the state.

    As a result of the May flooding, as many as 10,000 individuals were displaced and more than 1,500 homes were destroyed in Tennessee. Around the state, 102 bridges, 239 roads, and 19 water treatment plans were impacted or damaged. 49 counties received Presidential Disaster Declarations. Through HUD $30,906,517 of CDBG Disaster Recovery Funding was available for the affected communities to assist with unmet housing, infrastructure, and economic revitalization needs. 

On February 5th and 6th 2008, a series of tornadoes crossed the state from Memphis through the Jackson area and then to the Nashville area and beyond. Straight-line winds and floods associated with the systems also caused damage and deaths across the state. On February 7, President Bush declared the event a disaster and eventually 16 counties were designated as disaster areas. Designated counties include Benton, Fayette, Fentress, Hardin, Haywood, Hickman, Houston, Lewis, Macon, Madison, McNairy, Perry, Shelby, Sumner, Trousdale and Williamson Counties.

A total of $92,517,890 is available to the affected communities through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in addition to FEMA funds that were spent immediately following the disaster. TNECD is administering the funds.