Ideas on how to spend $201.5 million? Tell County before August 25

August 4, 2023 —

According to the County website, “Sarasota County is a direct recipient of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR). The County will be awarded $201.5 million in funding to deliver unmet needs assistance to the community from the impacts from Hurricane Ian. This will fund the newly created Sarasota County Program, Resilient SRQ.

CDBG-DR projects are “activities related to disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing, economic revitalization and mitigation in the most impacted and distressed areas” and generally fall into the following categories: housing, restoration of infrastructure, and economic revitalization. The County will develop projects and programs that are intended to best meet the unmet needs of Sarasota County with focus on supporting low-to-moderate income households. 

A breakdown of the County Commission proposals for allocations of the federal funds is included in a summary of the Draft Action Plan.

The Draft Public Action Plan is available for public comment from July 26, 2023 through August 25, 2023Click here to view the full Draft Action Plan. 

You may provide your comments using the following methods:

Sarasota News Leader, August 4, 2023, Rachel Brown Hackney: “Through Aug. 25, public invited to comment on draft plan for use of $201.5 million to help county residents who suffered damage from Hurricane Ian”