CUOMO ANNOUNCES $2 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR COMMUNITIES
WASHINGTON -- Secretary Andrew Cuomo today announced $2
million in grants to communities in Nevada under the new Department
of Housing and Urban Development Disaster Recovery Program.
IN NEVADA UNDER NEW HUD DISASTER RECOVERY PROGRAM
The grants will help the communities recover from severe
rainstorms followed by flooding in January that damaged many
businesses in the state. 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 heavy rains and flooding in Nevada, 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 Nevada in our determination to rebuild from the
damage caused by this disaster as completely and quickly as humanly
Cuomo made the grant announcement from Washington with
Senators Harry Reid and Richard Bryan in a conference call to with
Mayors Bruce H. Breslow of Sparks and Jeff Griffin of Reno 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.
Sen. Reid said: "All Nevadans welcome this badly needed
assistance to help our state recover from the winter storms and
floods. The assistance we're receiving from HUD's new Disaster
Recovery Program will speed and strengthen repair and rebuilding
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