Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR)

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The 2013 Flood was devastating for residents of Boulder County, many of whom lost homes or experienced significant property damage. While our community has made great strides over the past three years, for many the recovery continues.

As part of the flood response, Boulder County was awarded Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the federal government. The funding has been used to provide eligible homeowners in Boulder County with financial assistance for eligible projects including home repairs, septic and well systems, home access (culverts and individual roads and bridges), and temporary rental assistance. We are proud of the role we are playing to help our community rebuild.

The need for assistance following the flood exceeded the allotted CDBG-DR funds. As a result, as of July 2016, we are no longer accepting applications for any CDBG-DR programs. We continue to review and prioritize pending applications and are working to complete projects throughout the county. By the time this program closes fully, we will have served more than 200 households with home repairs, home access, buyout, and temporary rental assistance.

Although the CDBG-DR program funding has been exhausted, we will continue to work with state and federal partners to advocate for additional recovery funding.

Those still in need of assistance can explore the county’s housing rehabilitation and weatherization programs.

Watch a CDBG-DR client in Lyons talk about what the recovery process has been like for her.

We are no longer accepting applications for any CDBG-DR programs, including home rehab and repair, home access, buyout, and temporary rental assistance.

Before & After

BEFORE: The foundation of this home was compromised by flowing surface water and the home began to sink and twist.

Before & After

AFTER: This new HUD-certified manufactured home is safe, healthy, and more energy-efficient for this single mother with a small child.

Before & After

BEFORE: New regulations don’t allow a septic system to be installed under a driveway, and because this property was so tight, the bedrock needed to be excavated for installation of the new system.

Before & After

AFTER: Newly installed septic system and graded hillside, fenced off to prevent cars from driving on drain field.

Before & After

BEFORE: This home experienced flooding through the basement windows. Water filled the basement to the ceiling and destroyed all of the basement’s infrastructure and the family’s possessions.

Before & After

AFTER: When FEMA funds and donations were exhausted, CDBG-DR funding assisted this family in rebuilding this essential living space.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ What is CDBG-DR

What is CDBG-DR?

Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds are available to help people in Boulder County who have a primary residence that was damaged by events related to the 2013 Flood.

There are six ways the CDBG-DR funding can be used:

  • To help eligible homeowners repair their homes, with projects including septic and well systems (please note that if you're the owner of a rental unit with a tenant for whom the rental is a primary residence, your unit may be eligible as well)
  • To help eligible homeowners repair or replace home access, including culverts and individual roads and bridges
  • To provide temporary rental assistance for eligible homeowners
  • For home purchase down payment assistance for all flood-impacted Boulder County residents (available through the City of Longmont)
  • To remove flood-damaged structures including septic systems, houses, barns, sheds, and outbuildings
  • To purchase properties that were substantially damaged by events related to the 2013 Flood (and are beyond repair)
  • Please note: if you require only septic or wastewater system repair or replacement, you can also apply through this process (click the "Am I Eligible" tab above)

Please note that if you are seeking multiple types of flood recovery assistance (including down payment assistance), you may apply here. If you are seeking only down payment assistance, you must apply through the City of Longmont.

If you believe you might qualify for any of the above-listed types of assistance, please go to the "Am I Eligible" tab, where you'll find all eligibility information including Area Median Income requirements.

We are currently targeting outreach to the most vulnerable Boulder County residents. Please know that CDBG-DR funding is limited and there are strict eligibility requirements to meet. Applicants will be prioritized based on need and eligibility. We will continue to help households as long as funding is available.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Am I Eligible

Am I Eligible?

In order to qualify for CDBG-DR assistance, your household must meet the eligibility criteria listed below. You will be eligible if:

  • The assistance sought is for a primary residence that is in Boulder County, including rental units (please note: Longmont residents will receive direct assistance from the City of Longmont);
  • For temporary rental assistance only: Your total household income is less than 80% Area Median Income (priority given to households under 30% AMI);
  • For home repairs, home access and wells and septic, all income levels are eligible, however priority will be given to households with 80% AMI or less;
  • Your primary residence was directly impacted by events related to the 2013 Flood;
  • You were indirectly impacted by the flood, or you had no safe access to the home even if the home itself was not damaged.

CDBG-DR Summary

Please note: Eligibility is not a guarantee of funding. Due to the limited funding available, applications will be prioritized according to need.

Also, the City of Longmont has home purchase down payment assistance for county residents whose houses were damaged or destroyed by the flood.

Here is the Area Median Income (AMI) chart outlining guidelines for qualifying for home repair and rental assistance CDBG-DR funds:

Household Size 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
80% AMI Limits $44,750 $51,150 $57,550 $63,900 $69,050 $74,150 $79,250 $84,350
30% AMI Limits $20,200 $23,100 $26,000 $28,850 $31,200 $33,500 $36,030 $40,090

 ‭(Hidden)‬ How to Apply

How to Apply

We are doing targeted outreach to the most vulnerable Boulder County residents. You may have received a letter from us with information about applying for this assistance. If not, you are still welcome to apply.

Apply By Mail

If you want to fill out a paper application and mail it in, print out one of the applications below. You can also drop it off at local county office.

If you are having trouble completing the form online or printing please send email to

We can also help you fill out an application by phone. If you’d prefer this, call us at 720-564-2294 to speak with a representative. You can also come to our offices at 2525 13th Street (Suite 204) in Boulder or 1921 Corporate Center Circle (Suite 3F) in Longmont to fill out an application and leave it with us.

After your application has been reviewed for completion, eligibility, and prioritization, we will contact you to discuss what’s next.

And please remember: eligibility is not a guarantee that you will receive funding. In Boulder County we estimate that over 1,000 households are likely to be eligible for assistance, and we expect the first round of funding to help about 350 households. If your household does not receive funding in the first round, you may still receive assistance in later funding rounds. Your application will remain with us for future consideration.

Remember that if you are seeking multiple types of flood recovery assistance (including down payment assistance), you may apply here. If you are a Boulder County resident (anywhere in the county) who is seeking only down payment assistance, you must apply through the City of Longmont .

For eligibility information on home/property repair and/or rental assistance funding, please visit the "Am I Eligible" tab above.


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CDBG-DR assistance: 720-564-2294

Phone: 303-441-1000
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