By DAINA RUBACK, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness, August 02, 2023.
Implementing Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery housing recovery programs can be complex and challenging and, if not done correctly, can result in delays, inefficiencies, and inequitable outcomes. These seven best practices can help avoid common program pitfalls.
Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.
Daina Ruback is a director on the Housing, Community Development & Infrastructure (HCDI) team at Tidal Basin Group. She oversees a portfolio of programs, including CDBG-DR, CDBG-MIT, Homeowner Assistance Fund, and Technical Assistance contracts, and serves as a subject matter expert on federal grants management. Prior to her time at Tidal Basin, she worked for the city of New York’s Office of Management and Budget, leading program and policy for their Community Development Task Force after her role as lead for the city’s $3 billion CDBG-DR housing recovery portfolio. After working as a trainer and educator with the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, she held positions promoting small business and entrepreneurship with the Women’s Enterprise Development Center in New York and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs in Washington, DC.