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WHOLE COMMUNITY RESILIENCE PLANNING
According to the approved Disaster Recovery Action Plan of the Puerto Rico Department of Housing, the Whole Community Resilience Planning Program will result in comprehensive community recovery plans, the benefits of which will allow communities to develop policies, planning, and management capacity that best meet their needs.
The Whole Community Resilience Planning Program (WCRP) has two phases which will nurture civic engagement and allow communities to create a resilience plan and increase local capacity in their decision-making processes for future investment opportunities. In the process communities will collaboratively and effectively determine their unique needs, set long-term goals and short-term objectives, identify priorities and request funding for the development of a long-term resilience plan. The program priority will be high-risk communities, which are defined as communities situated in the floodway or floodplain, landslide risk areas: and/or area of concentrated damage.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Whole Community Resilience Planning Program (WCRP)?
Per the approved Disaster Recovery Action Plan of the Puerto Rico Department of Housing, the Whole Community Resilience Planning Program (WCRP) will result in comprehensive community recovery plans, the benefits of which will allow communities to develop policies, planning, and management capacity that best meet their needs. The WCRP has two phases which encompass a multi-sectorial collaborative effort and will allow communities to create a resilience plan and increase local capacity in their decision-making processes for future investment opportunities.
- Phase 1: Design Phase. (6 to 8 months approximate timeline)
- Phase 2: Launch of NOFA and RFQ. (9 to 18 months approximate timeline)
What are the components of Phase 1?
Design phase of the Whole Community Resilience Planning Program
The first step of the design phase includes the following: collaborative working group, Community Outreach Strategy, Notice of Funding Availability (aka NOFA), Request for Qualifications and Community Resilience Web Portal.
FPR will collaborate with a multi-sector Working Group that includes non-profit organizations and government agencies (municipal, estate and federal), academic institutions, and professional associations. From this collaboration, FPR will collect updated data on the strengths, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities of the communities within the core areas that WCRP will oversee. These are: infrastructure, housing, health and environment, education and economic development.
What are the components of Phase 2?
Launch of Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and the Request for Qualification (RFQ) of the Whole Community Resilience Planning Program
The collection of data process with the Working Group will result in the development of the Community Outreach Strategy, the content of the RFQ, NOFA and the Community Resilience Web Portal. The objective of the Community Outreach Strategy is to create and implement a program that reaches out to communities and municipalities. While the NOFA will define the parameters to participate, solicitation process and caps for grants, the Resilience Web Portal will provide support with information and a directory of pre-qualified professional services (local and out of Puerto Rico), that will be available to the communities during phase 2 of the program.
The NOFA and the RFQ will be published to allow communities to present competitive proposals for the request of funds. All the communities, municipalities and collaborative groups will have access to the same source of information.
As this is a new program, who is designing the Whole Community Resilience Planning Program?
FPR in collaboration with the multisector working group comprised of communities and non-profit organizations, academic organizations, the private sector, professional associations, the government (municipal, state and federal), among others; will help with analysis and development of informational tools.
Who will be part of the multisectoral working group?
It will include key government agencies, community, and non-profit organizations in Puerto Rico that have the knowledge and experience in the different focus areas of the program, specifically: housing, health and environment, education, infrastructure and economic development. The Multisectoral Working Group will collaborate with communities on developing resilience plans to prevent, prepare and handle emergency situations, including natural disasters.
Which NGO's are going to be in the multi-sectorial working group?
Currently, the following NGO’s are confirmed to be participating in the WCRP program’s multi-sectorial working group:
- Community Foundation of Puerto Rico
- Estuario de la Bahía de San Juan
- Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Planificación
- Instituto para el Desarrollo de la Juventud
- The Center for Puerto Rican Studies of Hunter College in New York
- Save the Children
- Asociación de Constructores de Puerto Rico
- Escuela de Derecho de la Universidad de Puerto Rico
- Escuela de Planificación de la Universidad de Puerto Rico
- Escuela de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Puerto Rico
- Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico
- FPR is still confirming additional NGO participants.
How will the participating communities be chosen
All communities are eligible to participate in this program. The program will give priority to the most vulnerable and hazard prone areas, which will be identified by a vulnerability index being developed during the first phase of this program. Per the approved action plan, the overall criteria for participating municipalities is part of the program design process and will be developed by the multisectoral working group. A list of the selected communities will be included shortly on this website.
The program priority will be high-risk communities, which are defined as communities situated in the floodway or floodplain, landslide risk areas: and/or areas of concentrated damage.
When will the chosen communities receive funds?
Once they have been chosen by the Evaluation Committee and an award determination letter has been issued. The chosen community and/or applicant will receive funding to develop a community resilience plan. The NOFA will include additional details on the grant’s management process.
What will be the maximum grant amount be per community?
The maximum grant amount per applicant will be up to $500,000. Additional details and requirements will be included in the NOFA.
What will the outcome of the WCRP program be?
At the end of the program, the communities that receive funding allocations will have created their community resilience plans, indicating what type of investments they need to become a resilient community.
For community resilience plans that are developed through this program, and projects identified, how do the plans become actionable? Will there be funding for projects identified in the second phase?
The scope of work for the WCRP program is solely focused on helping communities complete a final plan. We will provide the chosen communities with information about available resources to implement their plans, once completed, however at that point, it is up to the community to execute on their final plan.
Will the WCRP program will have funds for implementation of the plan?
No, the funds from the WCRP will not be used for implementation of final plans. The WCRP program’s purpose is to create a community resilience plan. These plans will include projects identified through a community planning process and potential funding mechanisms for their future implementation.
What will happen to those communities that were not awarded or selected for the WCRP program?
The goal of the program is to make sure that all communities have the opportunity to apply for the WCRP program. In the event a community is not selected for WCRP, they will have the opportunity to submit the proposal for the CDBG-DR action plan and other initiatives managed by COR3 and other Federal programs.