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CUOMO ANNOUNCES PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES PUERTO RICO A MAJOR DISASTER AREA, MAKING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN AID AVAILABLE
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo announced today that President Clinton has declared Puerto Rico a major disaster area, making millions of dollars in federal aid available to help the Commonwealth and its people recover from severe damage caused by Hurricane Georges.
Cuomo, who was sent to Puerto Rico by the President as the head of a federal delegation, said HUD's portion of the assistance includes up to $39 million in new emergency grants to the Puerto Rico Public Housing Authority. The funds will be used to help repair damage to public housing on the island. There are 57,065 units of public housing in Puerto Rico.
"In Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, in Haiti, in the Dominican Republic, businesses and homes have been swept away and lives have been lost," President Clinton said. "Secretary Cuomo is leading a delegation to Puerto Rico. I thank him for that."
"President Clinton has instructed us to do everything possible to help the people of Puerto Rico recover as quickly as possible from the terrible devastation of Hurricane Georges," Cuomo said. "No assistance can erase the pain and suffering of families victimized by this disaster, but the aid we provide can play a crucial role in helping families, businesses and communities rebuild and move forward."
Other HUD assistance to Puerto Rico includes:
Cuomo said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, HUD, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Labor, Department of Transportation and 21 other federal agencies are all working closely together to speed recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.
As a result of the Presidential Disaster Declaration, other agencies will provide millions of dollars in additional assistance for Puerto Rico that includes:
Content Archived: January 20, 2009