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HUD Announces Disaster Assistance for Maryland Tornado Victims
WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development announced today that it would expedite federal assistance to three tornado-damaged counties in Maryland and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters. The tornado, which hit April 28, killed four people and destroyed or damaged more than a thousand homes and businesses.
"Nothing can erase the suffering these families are enduring," HUD Secretary Mel Martinez said. "Fortunately, we have several flexible tools that will help speed the road to recovery. We stand ready to help with the rebuilding process in any way we can."
On Wednesday, President Bush, declared Calvert, Charles and Dorchester counties as federal disaster areas. The declaration covers damage to private and public property from the F5 tornado that hit La Plata and nearby areas in Maryland on April 28, 2002.
HUD will provide staff to the FEMA Disaster Field Offices that provide information on programs designed to meet the immediate housing needs of those whose homes have been damaged or destroyed.
For more information about these and other HUD programs designed to assist disaster victims, visit HUD's disaster relief page.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing minority homeownership, creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans, supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov.
Content Archived: April 9, 2010