With certain states still reeling from 2015-16 flooding, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson recently said that HUD will allocate an extra $178.5 million in grants to aid recovery efforts.
The financial support is classified as the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program. Including this latest portion, HUD will have outlaid close to $947 million to aid flood recovery efforts in these areas, according to a press release.
States designated to obtain assistance include Florida, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. Communities most severely affected by flooding in 2015 and 2016 will be apportioned funding following the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which signed by President Donald Trump in May.
“Clearly, there are hard-hit communities in these states that need more help to recover from the devastating floods they experienced over the past two years,” Carson said in the release. “Today, we make another investment in the future of these communities and to help our neighbors in need.”
CDBG-Disaster Recovery enables municipalities to rebuild after disasters via housing construction, business help and infrastructure repair. Each affected state will direct funds to jurisdictions experiencing the most substantial consequences from damages.