Stafford Act and Disaster Recovery – Services

Stafford Act Consultants Services

The Stafford Act Consultants  have decades of experience in all areas of disaster assistance and emergency management to include: all Stafford Act Programs – Public Assistance (PA), Individual and Households Assistance (IA), the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA), Uniform Relocation Act (URA/Buyout), Temporary Housing/Temporary Sheltering Solutions, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as well as HUD programs: Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR), Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation (CDBG-MIT), and Infrastructure Redevelopment. We offer regulatory and programmatic compliance and procurement management services and we have a successful trac record recouping funds originally denied by FEMA through the appeals process articulated in the applicable regulations. We have the capability to not only consult and guide clients, but with our project and grant management experience, we offer hands-on staff augmentation services.

Our services include:

CDBG-DR Community Reconstruction
• Administration of disaster housing assistance – rehabilitation, repair, replacement
• Manage infrastructure and community reconstruction
• Infrastructure grants and implementation compliance
• Serving LMI communities through program delivery via non-profit organizations
• Managed “gap” funding
Uniform Relocation Act (URA)
• Regulatory analysis and compliance with both federal URA and state URA
• Assistance with securing funding for tenant relocation assistance
• Develop relocation policies and provide relocation advisory services
• Perform duplication of benefits analysis to prevent over-compensation
• Perform rental assistance and moving expense calculations
Community Redevelopment
• Institute proven housing recovery programs
• Re-establish viability of businesses
• Fiscal and programmatic reporting responsibility to state, county and/or federal government
• Administration of housing assistance – rehabilitation, repair, replacement
• Infrastructure grants and implementation compliance
• Implementation of “gap” funding – difference between destroyed home and replacement home
• Directly responsible for administration of over $50 Million in housing and community redevelopment assistance in western NC after the 2004 hurricanes and tropical storms
• Deliver disaster housing assistance through nonprofit organizations serving LMI populations
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Buyout
• Rapid acquisition of eligible properties under the FEMA HMGP Acquisition Program
• Secure appraisal, survey and title opinion and insurance for eligible properties
• Communicate just compensation offer via certified letter to homeowner
• Coordinate demolition and disposition of C&D debris under PA Program
• Draft action plan detailing County’s intended use of acquired property and its obligations to prevent future residential development in perpetuity
• Draft biannual report to meet County’s reporting obligations under 44 C.F.R. §209.10(c)(5)
• Draft and record restrictive covenants
• Serve as liaison to county and local professionals on legal and programmatic issues related to HMGP Acquisition projects
Permanent Replacement Housing
• Maintains tax base for local government by building homes and reducing loss of residents
• Limited county investment (revolving fund)
• Provide inmates with marketable construction skills
• Builds disaster-resistant housing that exceeds current housing codes
• Builds energy efficient housing, significantly reducing energy expenses for residents
• Provides instant equity; disaster victims purchase home valued at $125,000 at cost ($75,000)
• Energizes local economy by giving local subcontractors significant work
• Promotes goodwill for the local government and participating local lenders
Temporary Housing
• Assistance in selecting sites
• Coordinating with FEMA or other contractor to deliver and secure temporary housing units
• Coordinate with USACE to install infrastructure
• Assistance with the establishment of all utilities
• Assistance with establishing postal and public transportation services to the sites
• Drafting of temporary housing leases and site rules
• Drafting mobile home/travel trailer salvage policies
• Assistance with establishing law enforcement
• Establish on-site office for handling complaints/concerns
Public Assistance (PA) Eligibility Analysis
• Eligibility analysis
• Damage assessment analysis
• Writing Project Worksheets (PWs)
• Appeals
• Resource coordination

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