The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development will be sending $791 million to the sunshine state for Hurricane Irma relief that will help damaged homes and buildings.
Hud Secretary Ben Carson commented that “It’s clear that a number of states and local communities are still struggling to recover from a variety of natural disasters that occurred in the past three years. These grants will help rebuild communities impacted by past disasters and will also protect them from major disasters in the future.”
The funding is being made through the Community Development Bock Grant – Disaster Recovery Program. And, last November, HUD sent $616 million to Florida to help with recovery efforts.
Florida Governor Rick Scott praised the federal funds, noting that “Today’s announcement by HUD and the Trump administration is great news. With this additional funding, Florida has now received a total of more than $1.4 billion from HUD to assist the families of our state as they continue to recover from Hurricane Irma. We will keep doing everything we can to ensure every family has all the resources they need.”
A majority of the money – $633.5 million – will be used to help “mitigation activities,” which HUD categorizes “as actions taken to protect people and property from the predictable damage from future events and can include elevating homes, property buyouts, and hardening structures from wind and water.”