BLN provided grant management and public assistance to support the disaster recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Manager

BLN is the program manager for this $4B FEMA HMGP-funded program. Under this contract, the BLN Team is providing program support and technical assistance services for the first phase of Puerto Rico’s HMGP implementation in connection with the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria and future disasters for which the federal government approves HMGP funds. The team is assisting COR3 in expediting mitigation in recovery operations, assisting sub-applicants from the disasters in maximizing grant opportunities, and training COR3 employees to build international capacity for administering HMGP.

The project included:

  • Maximizing the amount of HMGP funding for Puerto Rico
  • Maximizing the ability to retain HMGP funding awarded
  • Supporting building COR3s capacity for administering HMGP
  • Program eligibility review, compliance management & reporting
  • Multi-agency coordination
  • Stakeholder engagement & community outreach

Client: Puerto Rico Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction & Resiliency (COR3)

Location: Puerto Rico

Services: Emergency Management

 

Home Repair, Reconstruction & Relocation (R3) Program Management

BLN is performing program management services for 18 municipalities in the northern region of Puerto Rico. Services for this $1.5B HUD-funded program included intake and eligibility reviews, damage assessments, award coordination, application relocation, construction inspection services, and contractor invoicing. The program aims to increase the resiliency of affordable, safe housing by rebuilding or providing permanent repairs for homes damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The project includes:

  • Scheduling & coordination of over 2,000 unique hazardous materials inspections
  • Broad range review of Tier 1 environmental review of each area using GIS-based environmental criteria
  • Ensure Tier 2 review checklists & reports are complete
  • Ensure compliance with 24 CFR Part 58
  • Identify & estimate quantities for environmental mitigation activities to include in demolition scopes
  • Verify the demolition contractor has acquired all necessary permits & clearances before issuance of notice-to-proceed for demolition
  • Award coordination
  • Applicant relocation
  • Construction inspection services
  • Contractor invoicing

Client:  Puerto Rico Department of Housing (PRDOH)

Location: Puerto Rico

Services: Emergency Management

Tu Hogar Renance STEP Program

BLN team members provided program management services on the Tu Hogar Renace Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) Program, the largest-ever STEP program for the PRDOH. Intake and eligibility determinations were made for 230,000 applicants and 108,000 applicants approved for temporary repair work. The 108,000 program participants, located across the entire island of Puerto Rico (78 municipalities), received home repairs over 16 months. Program execution reached over 700 homes completed daily, and the total cost is estimated at $1.68B. Services included:

  • Liaison between FEMA, Governor’s Authorized Representative, Office of Inspector General, project oversight & all construction managers
  • Developed & executed a streamlined solution that managed the seven prime construction managers procured by Vivienda
  • Designed the project’s task order process to track, manage, & report on over 120,000 unique task orders
  • Designed systems to perform initial & final inspections for all repair work performed by Vivienda’s repair works contractors
  • Managed over $1 billion of contractor invoices & issued regular production reports to oversight management & the program’s seven general contractors

BLN delivered the program at a record pace, under budget, with a 98% satisfaction rate, and the solutions deployed by BLN allowed the program to reach grant closure with zero findings.

Client:  Puerto Rico Department of Housing (PRDOH)

Location: Puerto Rico

Services: Emergency Management