CUOMO ANNOUNCES $29.3 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR COMMUNITIES
WASHINGTON -- Secretary Andrew Cuomo today announced $29.3
million in grants to communities in Puerto Rico under the new
Department of Housing and Urban Development Disaster Recovery
IN PUERTO RICO UNDER NEW HUD DISASTER RECOVERY PROGRAM
The grants will help the communities recover from Hurricane
Hortense, which hit the island last September.
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 Hurricane Hortense in Puerto Rico, but this assistance can help
speed recovery efforts to create stronger and better communities,"
Cuomo said. "The Clinton Administration stands with the people of
Puerto Rico in their determination to rebuild from the damage
caused by this disaster as completely and quickly as humanly
Cuomo made the grant announcement from Washington in a TV
satellite news conference with Governor Pedro Rosello in Puerto
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.
Governor Rosello said: "Hurricane Hortense caused severe
damage in Puerto Rico. HUD's Disaster Recovery Program will help us
rebuild and heal the wounds caused by this powerful hurricane."
NOTE: Attached is a projects listing.
Content Archived: January 20, 2009