CUOMO ANNOUNCES $4.8 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR COMMUNITIES
WASHINGTON -- Secretary Andrew Cuomo today announced $4.8
million in grants to communities in Washington State under the new
Department of Housing and Urban Development Disaster Recovery
IN WASHINGTON STATE UNDER NEW HUD DISASTER RECOVERY PROGRAM
The grants will help the communities recover from severe
storms, landslides and flooding that hit the state last winter and
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 these disasters in Washington, 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 Washington in our determination to rebuild from
the damage caused by these disasters as completely and quickly as
Cuomo made the grant announcement from Washington, DC, in a
conference call with Senator Patty Murray in Washington State.
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.
Senator Murray said: "We fought long and hard to get this
money for Washington. I thank Secretary Cuomo for delivering today
on President Clinton's pledge to give us the aid we need and
deserve. This money will be put to good use, helping to rebuild
areas that suffered most in the severe weather."
Governor Gary Locke said: "The people of Washington
were hit hard by disaster this year. The federal aid we requested
from HUD will play an important role as our citizens try to rebuild
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