CUOMO ANNOUNCES $557,750 IN GRANTS FOR COMMUNITIES
WASHINGTON -- Secretary Andrew Cuomo today announced $557,750
in grants to communities in New Hampshire under the new Department
of Housing and Urban Development Disaster Recovery Program.
IN NEW HAMPSHIRE UNDER NEW HUD DISASTER RECOVERY PROGRAM
The grants will help the communities recover from rainstorms
and flooding that hit the state last October and caused significant
damage to homes, roads, businesses and public facilities.
The grants were authorized under disaster relief legislation
signed into law by President Clinton in June.
"No amount of money can erase the terrible devastation caused
by last fall's severe storms and flooding in New Hampshire, but
this assistance can help speed recovery efforts to create stronger
and better communities," Cuomo said. "The Clinton Administration
and all Americans stand with the people of New Hampshire in our
determination to rebuild from the damage caused by this disaster as
completely and quickly as humanly possible."
Cuomo made the grant announcement from Washington in a
conference call to Governor Jeanne Shaheen and other officials in
Funds under the new HUD Disaster Recovery Program can be used
for long-term recovery efforts, property buyouts, relocations and
efforts to prevent future flood damage. The program will give
communities great flexibility in meeting local needs quickly.
Communities can use funds for: rehabilitation of residential
and commercial buildings; acquisition, construction or
reconstruction of public facilities and improvements, including
streets, neighborhood centers, and water and sewer facilities;
homeownership assistance, including downpayment assistance and
interest rate subsides; building new replacement housing; code
enforcement; and assistance to businesses for carrying out economic
development activities for job creation and retention.
The HUD assistance will supplement aid from the Federal
Emergency Management Agency and other federal agencies.
"We welcome this help from HUD to reduce the cost of
recovering from this storm," Governor Shaheen said. "The grants
from HUD's Disaster Recovery Program will ease the burden of
dealing with the damage from this flood and future disasters."
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