The Village of Ellenville was eligible to apply for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding for long-term recovery and resiliency projects. During Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, the Village’s residents were forced to evacuate their homes due to extensive flooding and/or power outages that lasted for over two weeks. However, during this time, there was insufficient shelter capacity to house the displaced residents. The existing shelters did not accommodate special needs, such as pets and handicap access, and the shelters were inaccessible due to road closures.
KC conducted a needs assessment to determine the appropriate size for the new shelter and the types of ancillary services that should be offered. KC’s design team reviewed the requirements per GOSR and HUD and created a program study for the shelter. All plans and specifications for the shelter are being prepared in conformance with CDBG, American Red Cross, and GOSR requirements.