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HUD Approves Florida Disaster Plan—What You Need to Know

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hurricane storm surgeThings should soon be looking sunnier in the Sunshine State, thanks to a just-approved $616 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [1] (HUD) initiative to help Floridians rebound from Hurricane Irma [2].

HUD Secretary Ben Carson [3] gave the go-ahead to the disaster recovery plan, funded via the agency’s Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program. The program mandates that grantees devise a “thoughtful recovery program informed by local residents.”

“As we move along the road to recovery, HUD will be right by Florida’s side to help in any way we can to make the state whole again,” Secretary Carson noted.

The news came only days after HUD gave the greenlight to a similar recovery plan for Texas [4].

For his part, Florida Gov. Rick Scott ballyhooed the announcement and said recovery efforts will remain in full swing until all of the affected regions within the state have bounced back. “We won’t stop working until all of Florida’s communities have fully recovered,” he said.

To hammer away at the region’s manifold unmet needs, the state set its sights on a spate of housing and economic development recovery needs stemming from Hurricane Irma. It designed the following programs in response:

To read more about the effects of last year’s devastating hurricane season, click here [7].