Disaster Housing Assistance Grant

To provide temporary housing assistance and case management for families who were displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

DHAP would be implemented in the form of a rental assistance program that would continue providing housing subsidies for families for the next 18 months after termination
of Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) initial temporary housing program.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Website Address


Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) will use the assistance to provide eligible families who were displaced by Hurricanes Katrina or Rita with monthly rent subsidies.

Families are either receiving or are eligible to receive rental assistance administered by FEMA.

PHAs will administer the DHAP to families that have been determined eligible by FEMA through HUD's web-based Disaster Information System.

The assistance must be used by PHAs to provide rental assistance to families determined eligible by FEMA.

In addition to rental assistance, grant funds shall be used to provide case management services to eligible families and to pay for costs associated with PHA administration of the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Individuals and families determined eligible for FEMA housing assistance.

Specific information on applicant eligibility is identified in the funding opportunity announcement and program guidance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals and families.


All Public Housing Agencies with jurisdiction over areas where eligible families reside that administer the Housing Choice Voucher Program are invited to apply provided they have the administrative capacity to assume responsibility for the DHAP.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.


Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.


Section 102(b)(2), Homeland Security Act, 6 U.S.C 112; Sections 408(b)(1), 426 and 306 (a), Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), 42 U.S.C. 5174(B)(1), 42 U.S.C 5189d, and 42 U.S.C. 5149 (a); Economy Act, 31 U.S.C. 1535.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to program guidance Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees are required to submit quarterly financial and performance reports.

Quarterly Progress Reports must include the progress of each sub-grant award.

Both quarterly reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter: January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30.

Final financial and performance reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards (or receive property, or a combination of both, within the fiscal year) will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular A-133. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.


Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 07 $204,000,000; FY 08 est $365,000,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Fair Housing Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act; 24 CFR 982.352; 982.401; 982.555 ; PIH Notice 2007-26. Full text may be obtained at the following website: http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/publications/hurricane.cfm.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane, Building #410, Washington, DC 20528.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.

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