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News » US » Florida gets $616m for hurricane recovery » published 29 Jun 2018

Florida gets $616m for hurricane recovery

The approval has been announced for the distribution of US$616m to local communities in Florida as part of long-term efforts to recover from last year’s hurricane season.

Governor Rick Scott made the announcement following a meeting with the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) secretary Dr Ben Carson.

The funding will be used to replace and repair damaged homes, build new affordable housing and provide grants to businesses that have been impacted. Funds will be administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

Scott said: “It’s great news that we were able to secure critical funding from HUD that will directly benefit the families who were most affected by last year’s storms. This $616 million will enable communities to build new affordable housing and to replace homes lost in the wake of last year’s hurricane season. Through this program, we can continue to move forward with long-term affordable housing solutions for displaced families as well as provide grants to businesses who were impacted by the storm.”

DEO executive director Cissy Proctor said: “Our team has worked diligently with community leaders from across the state to create a strong plan to address continued housing and business recovery needs. We value all communities and their willingness to come to the table to determine the best way to use this funding to make a difference for Floridians who were hit the hardest by Hurricane Irma.”

As required of the plan, more than 80% percent of the funding will be used to address needs in the hardest-hit counties and ZIP codes. These areas, determined by HUD, include Brevard, Broward, Collier, Duval, Lee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Orange, Polk and Volusia counties, as well as ZIP codes 32136, 32091, 32068 and 34266.

 

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This article was published on 29 Jun 2018 (last updated on 29 Jun 2018).

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