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Recovery Funding

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Funding Resources

Overview

The County of Hawaiʻi has secured funding sources and is pursuing additional resources to help communities recover from the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. Funding resources will be implemented strategically alongside the recovery Action Planning Process to meet recovery goals and objectives.

At a Glance

  • In total, Hawaiʻi County could receive up to $300 million in State and Federal funding to support the 2018 Kīlauea eruption response and recovery.
  • To date, the County has access primarily to:
    • $42 million in grants provided by the Governor and Legislature.
    • A $40 million loan approved by the Legislature for Federal matches.
    • About $61.5 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for road projects
    • About $30 million from FEMA for water supply projects.
  • Many other funding sources remain pending. Read below for specific details on funding sources, uses and status. 
  • Funds will be used to replace public infrastructure, address housing needs, restore economic well-being and to craft and implement a Recovery Strategic Plan.
  • Funding sources are subject to unique uses, regulations, guidelines and time constraints.

Expenditures

  • As of Jan. 31, 2020, the County spent about $18.4 million on response and recovery activities, including restoration of Highway 132.
  • Expenditures are primarily being made from appropriations provided by the Governor for disaster response and recovery. Other grants and donations also are being used for specific purposes, as outlined below. 

Reimbursement 

  • As of Jan. 31, 2020, the FEMA reimbursed the County $3.6 million for emergency response activities. The County also has received $5.75 million in reimbursement for Highway 132 costs from the Federal Highway Administration.

Facts & Figures

State Funds – Governor

  • $12 million via the Governor’s Office for eruption response to "protect the health, safety and welfare of area residents, such as, but not limited to, food, water and basic emergency supplies, temporary shelter-related goods and services."
  • $10 million via the Governor’s Office for continuing relief to protect the health, safety and welfare of displaced area residents, such as:
    • Food, water, temporary shelter-related goods and services, rental housing assistance
    • Relocation planning for residents and agricultural enterprises impacted by volcanic eruption. 
  • Funds cannot be used for private purposes or long-term infrastructure repairs. 
  • Status: Received

State Funds – Legislature

  • State House Bill 1180: to provide relief, recovery, mitigation, and remediation assistance for disaster damage, losses, and suffering caused by the Kīlauea eruption. 
  • $20 million for relief, recovery, mitigation, and remediation assistance.
    • Status: Received
  • $40 million loan to support matching funds required for Federal disaster recovery grants. 
    • Status: Available

Federal Funds – Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA Public Assistance
  • The County is eligible for Public Assistance funding through FEMA for lost infrastructure, including roads, waterlines, and park facilities. FEMA would fund 75% of approved estimates. The County would provide a 25% match. 
  • Damage assessment breakdown:
    • $82 million for public road reconstruction projects. (Does not include Highway 132).
      • FEMA share: $61.5 million.
      • County share: $20.5 million.
    • $40 million for water infrastructure projects.
      • FEMA share: $30 million.
      • County share: $10 million.
    • Park reconstruction projects: pending.
  • Funds can be used to restore damaged or destroyed infrastructure and facilities or for alternative projects.
  • Status: Roads and water infrastructure funding approved. FEMA review and approval pending for park project funding. 
 FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
  • The County could receive an estimated $15 million for mitigation projects (with a 25% County match). The total amount received will be based on how much the County is provided through FEMA's Public Assistance program. 
  • Funds can be used for projects that reduce threats to lives and property.
  • The County has received $225,000 in advance assistance under this program to conduct an island-wide volcanic risk assessment to support recovery planning.
  • Status: Pending (other than advanced funds)
FEMA Disaster Case Management Program
  • $1.68 million grant to the County to provide case management services related to housing and unmet recovery needs.
  • Neighborhood Place of Puna was contracted to provide this service.
  • Status: Received

Federal Funds – Federal Highway Administration

  • Highway 132 restoration:
    • The total cost for Highway 132 reconstruction was approximately $5.75 million as of November 2019.
    • Status: To date, the County has received $5.75 million in reimbursement. 

Federal Funds – U.S. Housing and Urban Development

  • $83.841 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR).
  • CDBG-DR funds are appropriated by Congress to help communities recover from natural disasters.
  • HUD requires the County to primarily apply the funds to address disaster-related unmet housing needs, including voluntary housing buyouts, housing assistance, or housing development. 
  • If the County can demonstrate that housing needs are met, then funds also can be used for unmet recovery needs related to public services, economic revitalization and infrastructure. 
  • Status: Federal notice published; release of funds pending approval of the County’s Action Plan and Grant Agreement. 

Federal Funds – Economic Development Administration

  • $250,000 U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant supports development of an Economic Recovery Plan.
    • Requires $250,000 County match
    • Supports Kīlauea Economic Development Recovery Report, recovery of individual businesses, workforce, and entrepreneurship
    • Status: In-progress
    • Additionally, the County and private organizations are applying for available grants from EDA that are issued on a competitive basis. Depending on the outcome of these grants, the amount the County is awarded from EDA is expected to increase. 

Cities for Financial Empowerment

  • $20,000 grant for establishing a financial empowerment center.
  • Status: In-progress

Donations

  • $150,000 – Puna Geothermal Venture
  • $20,000 – Japanese Sister City & Chamber of Commerce
  • $9,245 – Yurihama Prefecture
  • Status: Received

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