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HUD Approves $1.5B Disaster Aid for Puerto Rico

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hurricane storm surgeIn September 2017, President Donald Trump signed the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017, appropriating $7.4 billion in CDBG-DR funding for major disasters declared within that year. The Act requires the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [1] (HUD) to direct the funds to the areas most impacted by last year’s major disasters. On February 1, 2018, HUD allocated $1.5 billion of that appropriation to Puerto Rico to address the needs on the island.

Now, the department has approved the disaster recovery plan that will implement these funds in an area still struggling to recover most.

“Today, we turn an important corner in our long-term effort to rebuild hard-hit communities in Puerto Rico,” HUD Secretary Dr. Benjamin Carson, said. “This is just the beginning—billions in federal disaster recovery funding will soon be put to work and help our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico rebuild their homes and their lives.”
Puerto Rico recently submitted the plan for HUD’s review, which primarily focuses on the restoration of damaged and destroyed homes, businesses, and infrastructure.

The funds will be focused and distributed in the following ways, according to the statement:

HUD’s Community Development Block Grant—Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program supports Puerto Rico’s long-term recovery and requires grantees to develop thoughtful recovery plans informed by local residents.