After months of delay, HUD Secretary Ben Carson officially announced a grant agreement with Puerto Rico on January 16, which provided Puerto Rico with an additional $8.285 billion to reduce the community development freeze (CDBG-DR). At the same time, HUD has released a draft of a federal registry bulletin outlining the conditions Puerto Rico must meet to access CBDG Disaster Mitigation funds. (CDBG-MIT) The press release announcing the conclusion of the grant agreement is as follows: bit.ly/362otL2 The eventual release of these funds could not have been achieved without our allies in Congress, including, House Of Representatives Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senators Richard Fleurs (D-CT), Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (PR), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and President David 2017 CDBG and CDBG-DR Mises update and clarifications on webinar supply requirements – 26.04.2016 CDBG-2016 Webinar Review – 29.06.16 Preliminary version Federal Registry Notice is available on: bit.ly/3ajAM9d CDBG Webinar: 2016 CDBG-DR Webinar Overview – 15.03.16 Webinar for Environmental Assessment : Assessment Tools for Environmental Compliance – 20.10.11 CDBG Webinar: 2016 CDBG DRG Administration Programming – Business Delivery – 29.03.16 The Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition (DHRC), led by NLIHC, more than 850 local, state, and national disaster relief organizations are celebrating this victory with the people of Puerto Rico and are ready to continue to work for recreational and resilient strategies that benefit all Puerto Ricans. The fight to unlock these funds began nearly two years ago, when Congress approved more than $16 billion in sanitation and mitigation funds to support Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and improve the island`s resilience. THE DHRC, through its working group in Puerto Rico, continued to insist that the funds be released, even in light of broken promises and delays ignored by the government. During this period, DHRC members issued numerous press releases, statements and interviews to inform the public of the distress and frustration caused by the funding delay and to insist that funds be released. As mitigation and recovery funds progress, DHRC will continue to work with our partners to ensure that these funds are used effectively, responsibly and transparently for collection and reduction.