DEO Announces First Three Regional Public Workshops for Mitigation Funds

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced the first three regional public workshops to seek input for the use of more than $633 million in first-of-its-kind funding for disaster mitigation projects in the areas impacted by Hurricanes Hermine, Matthew or Irma. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is providing the funding through the newly created Community Development Block Grant - Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) program.

 Date: Tuesday, October 29

Time: 5 p.m.

University of North Florida

Adam W. Herbert University Center

Board of Trustees Room

12000 Alumni Drive

Jacksonville, FL 32224

Date: Wednesday, October 30

Time: 2 p.m.

Brevard County Government Center

County Commission Chambers

(Building C, First Floor)

2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way

Viera, FL 32940 

Date: Thursday, October 31

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council

4000 Gateway Centre Blvd #100

Pinellas Park, FL 33782

As a part of the federal requirements, DEO will conduct a series of public workshops as a part of the development of the State Action Plan, which will be developed in partnership with state agencies working on resiliency efforts, as well as with input from local communities and stakeholders to determine Florida's most critical disaster mitigation needs. The State Action Plan, once approved by HUD, will provide a high-level strategy for how the funding will be used to address eligible communities' disaster mitigation needs.

On August 23, 2019, HUD released mandatory guidance for the use of more than $633 million in funding for mitigation projects in eligible Florida communities. Publication of guidance in the Federal Register is necessary for DEO to begin drafting a state action plan, before sending it to HUD for approval by February 3, 2020.