Steve Higginbotham has 17 years of experience in the administration of HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. As a HUD Senior Community Planning & Development Specialist, he provided technical assistance in the start-up and administration of every grantee in HUD’s $85 billion CDBG Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) portfolio, and served as the lead grant manager for the States of Texas and New Jersey. Since 2015, Mr. Higginbotham also led the team responsible for developing HUD’s CDBG-DR policy guidance and issuing the Federal Register Notices that allocated CDBG-DR funds to program grantees.
Prior to his disaster recovery work, Mr. Higginbotham served as a grant manager in HUD’s State CDBG program, where he provided technical assistance to the Southwest border states (California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas) and Puerto Rico. He also authored a CPD Notice on combining CDBG and HOME program funds in colonias and the proposed rule for State CDBG administrative changes.
Mr. Higginbotham also served nine years in the Army National Guard, with a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation: Iraqi Freedom.