Funding Allocation Summary:
The Program has been allocated an operating budget of $37,500,000.
The Government of Puerto Rico, through the Puerto Rico Department of Housing, is proud to present the Whole Community Resilience Planning Program, financed with funds allocated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which will seek to create recovery solutions by improve individual and collective preparation for future events and ensuring greater resilience at community and national level.
The Whole Community Resilience Planning Program (WCRP) exists to respond to current and future community needs in the Disaster Impact Areas of federally declared disasters from Hurricanes Irma and María—an area which encompasses all of Puerto Rico. Eligible entities can apply for program funding to support the development of local planning efforts that produce actionable Community Resilience Plans (CRPs) to support the goals identified by their community and define implementable projects to increase their resilience.
Foundation for Puerto Rico (FPR) will be the administering entity of the WCRP Program, while the Puerto Rico Department of Housing (PRDOH) will provide additional management functions and overall programmatic monitoring and compliance oversight. FPR roles and responsibilities include program design, development of program guidelines, processes and procedures, education and orientation, program implementation, fund distribution, vendor procurement, and oversight of the selected applicants.
It is the goal of PRDOH and FPR to develop resiliency plans that not only protect life and property from future hazards, but more fundamentally promote an inclusive and participatory recovery process, that enables all residents to realize the benefits of revitalized communities. This outcome-oriented community planning is critical to understand the needs of disadvantaged and recovering communities across the Island.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
The WCRP Program will occur within three (3) components that will identify and track the needs and actions necessary to increase community resilience.
- Development of information & tools (i.e., Social Capital Map and Vulnerability Index);
- Development and publication of Program related Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA);
- Community outreach and development of CRPs
The first component relates to FPR’s development of information and tools to prepare communities in order for them to make informed decisions and prioritize future actions and funding decisions, based upon greater understanding of their specific needs of housing, infrastructure, economic development, health and environment, education, and resilience best practices. To achieve this, there needs to be access to quality data and strong technical support. All data collected and studies conducted including the development of a Social Capital Mapping and Risk and Vulnerability Index will be available to the public through a Community Resilience Webpage that will be created as part of the Program’s first component.
All information and data collected during the course of the Program will be made available to the public in order to increase knowledge and resilience on the Island.
For the second component, the Program will develop and publish a NOFA for the identification of eligible Applicants who will directly engage with interested communities in Puerto Rico. Selected Applicants will sign a Sub-Recipient Agreement (SRA) with FPR and will be monitored throughout the duration of their agreement, as subrecipients of the Program.
During the third component, outreach and development of the CRPs, subrecipients will work with communities to identify their concerns, needs and develop CRPs to increase resilience and mitigate risks. Throughout this process, communities will be asked to consider future stressors, environmental integrity, economic diversity and viability, hazard mitigation opportunities, historic preservation, equity and vulnerability, and infrastructure redevelopment or augmentation, as well as other issues they deem important. This process will conclude in a public document known as a CRP, which lays out using all the components of a planning framework included in the NOFA. For example, a community profile, community findings, outreach activities, data collection and studies, needs related to disaster mitigation and resilience, best practices, and implementation scenarios for short medium and long projects that the community supports and has prioritized to address those needs in conjunction with other existing planning initiatives.
The CRPs will follow a framework provided in the NOFA to ensure that the final output addresses the need of outcome-oriented community planning as identified in the Action Plan. CRPs will allow communities to develop policy, planning, and management capacity so that they may more rationally and effectively determine their needs, set long-term goals and short-term objectives, devise programs and activities to meet goals and objectives, evaluate the progress of such programs in accomplishing these goals and objectives, and carry out management, coordination, and monitoring of activities necessary for an effective planning implementation.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?
- Refers to all of the 78 municipalities in Puerto Rico
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
Not-for-profit organizations who meet the following requirements:
- Tax-exempt organizations under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 501 (26 U.S.C. § 501 (a), (c)(3) and (c)(6)); or
- Tax exempt status under Section 1101.01 of the Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code of 2011, as amended, 13 LPRA §30471.
WHY IS THE PROGRAM, IMPORTANT?
The Program will provide communities the opportunity to undergo a community planning process that will help them identify needs and solutions that will make them stronger and better prepared to recover from future natural disasters. This will be achieved through the selection of eligible entities who will work as Subrecipients with communities to develop CRPs. The Program’s priority will be high-risk communities, which are defined as communities situated in the floodway or floodplain, landslide risk areas, and/or areas of concentrated damage. Other high-risk communities to be considered are vulnerable social units that are significantly affected in the aftermath of a disaster. Recent studies demonstrate that vulnerable populations are more likely to be significantly affected in the aftermath of a disaster.
Furthermore, through the Program, FPR will develop a Risk and Vulnerability Index and Social Capital Mapping tool to assist in the development of the CRPs. All Program outputs, including data gathered throughout the Program will be made available to the public.