Experts in Disaster Response + Recovery
CDBG-DR Grant Administration: Hurricanes Ike & Dolly
Texas General Land Use Office
Metric Consulting was selected by the Texas General Land Office to provide CDBG-DR program administration, case management and mobility counseling services in support of its Homeowner Opportunity Program (HOP) following Hurricanes Ike and Dolly. HOP involved relocation of low-income applicants in FEMA-designated high-risk areas or economically distressed areas to higher opportunity areas. The Metric Team drafted and implemented policies and procedures involving the provision of real estate services, housing counseling, protection of housing choice, affirmatively furthering fair housing, URA regulations concerning real property acquisition and rights of displaced persons. Metric Consulting spearheaded orchestration of legal services for title clearance, provision of real estate services, environmental reviews, and construction, allowing the program to serve hundreds of applicants who were successfully relocated to safe, sanitary homes in high opportunity areas.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Grant Management Support
Finney County, Kansas
Metric Consulting is working with our partner, iParametrics, to manage over $10 million in Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) grant funding for Finney County, Kansas. Our team crafted the County’s direct aid plan for usage of CRF funding, based on comprehensive citizen engagement and a detailed needs assessment. Based on the direct aid plan, we have designed and implemented four comprehensive recovery programs targeted to assist local residents, businesses, and non-profit organizations recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Team continues to support Finney County by providing technical assistance and compliance oversight for their CRF programs, guiding the County to leverage all available funding sources to achieve maximum recovery benefit, and providing case management, subrecipient oversight, and staff augmentation for the four recovery programs in process.
Debris Monitoring Services
Florida Department of Transportation
Metric Consulting has been the continuous debris monitoring provider for Florida Department of Transportation District 3 since 2014. In this role, we managed the debris aftermath of Hurricanes Hermine and Michael. Our efforts after Hurricane Michael involved the swift hiring of over 1,200 personnel and had a contractor budget of more than $400 million. The tremendous debris volumes (over 16 million in cubic yards), staff levels, recruitment abilities, and number of involved parties (stakeholders and contractors) led to this effort likely being one of the largest debris events in U.S. History.
Emergency Management & Grant Services
Pasco County, Florida
Under our current 5-year retainer contract for ongoing disaster recovery and hazard mitigation services for Pasco County, Florida, we facilitated the capture of $11.7 million in FEMA Public Assistance funds following Hurricanes Irma and Hermine. As fiscal recovery agent, we have insured that Pasco County receives every eligible dollar available to them following an emergency event. We have coordinated with FEMA and Pasco County to establish oversight standards, organize debris removal and emergency protective measures, and permanent repair projects. Currently, we are helping Pasco County in their COVID19 recovery efforts.
HOME-ARP Grant Management
City of Columbus, Ohio
Metric Consulting was selected by the City of Columbus, Ohio to provide grant consultation services for the City’s $16 million allocation of HOME-ARP funding. The allocated funds are intended to reduce homelessness and increase housing stability across the country. Our team created a detailed project work plan to ensure the creation of a compliant and comprehensive funding Allocation Plan. Based on this plan, we designed and implemented stakeholder engagement strategies, including an online survey and in-person input meeting. With the data compiled, the Metric Consulting team assisted the city in the required consultation services report for the Allocation Plan.
Our team continues to support the City of Columbus in the creation of their HOME-ARP Allocation Plan, including the creation of a detailed needs assessment and corresponding gaps analysis report. Based on federal requirements, the plan will describe unmet housing service needs of qualifying populations and identify the characteristics of housing associated with instability and an increased risk of homelessness.
Natural Disaster Monitoring
Florida Department of Transportation - District 5
Under this pre-position contract, Metric Consulting provides debris removal monitoring, vendor management, data validation and reporting in accordance with FEMA/FHWA regulation over multiple disasters; always at the ready to mobilize quickly should a disaster occur.
Metric Consulting’s Emergency Management team responded quickly to District 5 (encompassing 9 Florida counties) and began the relief efforts the same day the storm hit. The team assisted the Department of Transportation in the initial clearing of debris on the federal qualifying and non-federal qualifying roads, as well as the monitoring of the removal of hazardous limbs at the roadsides of these same roads. Metric Consulting staff provided a database where ticket data, field records, truck certifications, and other details were easily accessible for query.
New York Rising Program Housing Project
State of New York Governor's Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR)
Metric Consulting was selected by the NY Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR), a division of the Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC), to provide services about its administration of the U.S. Department of HUD CDBG-DR funds appropriated by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (Pub. L. 113-2). Metric Consulting was tasked with administering the Rental Properties and Affordable Rental Opportunity Programs. The Rental Properties Program aids the owners of storm-damaged rental properties of all types and sizes that were offered for full-time, year-round lease at the time of Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee. These properties included single-family homes, townhouses, apartment buildings, or any other legal dwelling. GOSR developed the Affordable Rental Opportunity (ARO) to restore and replace affordable rental housing placed out of service by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, or Tropical Storm Lee (Covered Storms).