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  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Awards Additional $1.8 Billion to Help Six States to Recover from 2016 Disasters

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Awards Additional $1.8 Billion to Help Six States to Recover from 2016 Disasters

    Funding to support recovery in Louisiana, West Virginia, Texas, Carolinas and Florida

    December 27, 2016

    Washington, DC - - (December 23, 2016) - - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today awarded an additional $1.8 billion to help Louisiana, West Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida to recover after severe flooding events that occurred earlier this year. Provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program, these recovery funds will assist the most impacted communities that experienced the most serious damage to their housing stock.

    President Obama signed the Fiscal Year 2017 Further Continuing Resolution into law on December 10, 2016. This stopgap spending measure directed HUD to allocate $1.8 billion “in the most impacted and distressed areas” that experienced presidentially declared disasters in 2016 but prior to December 10, 2016, including Hurricanes Matthew and Hermine. The disaster recovery grants announced today are in addition to $500 million HUD allocated in October (see chart below).

    “Our team worked quickly to make sure these funds reach the communities most impacted by a major disaster this year.” said Secretary Castro. “We’ll do everything we can to support the people and places still struggling to rebuild.”

    HUD awarded the following disaster recovery funds based on each state’s proportional share of serious unmet housing and infrastructure needs:

    States Current
    October 2016
    CDBG-DR Allocations
    Louisiana $1,219,172,000 $437,800,000 $1,656,972,000
    West Virginia $87,280,000 $17,000,000 $104,280,000
    Texas $177,064,000 $45,200,000 $222,264,000
    North Carolina * $198,553,000 $0 $198,553,000
    South Carolina * $65,305,000 $0 $65,305,000
    Florida ** $58,602,000 $0 $58,602,000
    TOTAL $1,805,976,000 $500,000,000 $2,305,976,000

    *Disaster declarations due to Hurricane Matthew
    ** Disaster declarations due to Hurricane Hermine

    To determine these disaster recovery allocations, HUD analyzes the most currently available data of the unmet costs to repair seriously damaged properties and infrastructure in the most-impacted counties. HUD will shortly publish a notice in the Federal Register which will define the criteria for the use of these funds. CDBG-Disaster Recovery grants can support a wide variety of activities including housing redevelopment, business assistance and infrastructure repair.


    Information source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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