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HUD awards Louisiana $1.2 billion in disaster recovery funds

9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago Friday, December 23 2016 Dec 23, 2016 December 23, 2016 11:21 AM December 23, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Housing and Urban Development awarded Louisiana $1.2 billion to help recovery efforts after historic flooding this year. 

The agency awarded a total of $1.8 billion to states including Louisiana, West Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida through HUD's Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Program. The funds in the program will assist the most impacted communities with serious damage done to housing.

Louisiana was awarded $1,219,172,000 bringing the total of aid awarded to the state this year to $1.6 billion for disaster recovery. The recovery funds are in addition to the $500 million HUD allocated to states in October.

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

HUD awarded the following disaster recovery funds:

States

Current

CDBG-DR Allocation

 

October 2016 CDBG-DR allocations

TOTAL2016 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

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards released the following statement about the HUD announcement: 

“The entire congressional delegation and I worked extremely hard to secure this additional assistance," said Gov. Edwards.  "While it is not everything we need, it is a significant milestone in our recovery.  I appreciate the Obama Administration’s support of additional assistance for Louisiana, and I am grateful to HUD for publishing the guidelines so quickly.  The faster we get through this federal approval process, the quicker money will begin flowing into the hands of Louisianans who’ve been impacted.  I’ve asked the congressional delegation to work with me to expedite this process, and we are continuing to push the federal government to assist us in lowering the administrative costs. 

“When Congress returns, I know the congressional delegation and I will continue our unified efforts to bring more help to the people of our state who need it most, and I am confident we will be successful in our efforts.”

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