Diaz-Balart Secures Additional CDBG Recovery Funds for Florida, Totaling $1.4 Billion
MIAMI – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued an additional allocation of Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program funding to assist in recovery from the 2017 hurricane season. These funds will also be utilized for mitigation and preparedness for future natural disasters. Florida was today issued an additional $790 million, bringing the state’s current total of CDBG-DR funding to $1.4 billion. Diaz-Balart’s Appropriations Subcommittee funds the CDBG-DR program that allows HUD to help communities in need. Additional funding for other hurricane-impacted communities, including Texas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, was also issued.
“The 2017 hurricane season left many parts of the United States and the territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in total devastation. As a member of the Florida delegation and Appropriations Committee, I am proud of the work we accomplished to help Americans recover from these storms. In my Housing Appropriations Subcommittee hearings, I have emphasized how critical CDBG-DR funds are in the aftermath of a natural disaster. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Secretary Carson, who recognizes the continued need for assistance across the Southeast and the Caribbean. I will continue working with my colleagues to ensure our communities fully recover from the storms and are prepared for future natural disasters.
In November, Diaz-Balart announced the first allocation of CDBG-DR funding, which issued $615.9 million for the state of Florida. As the recovery process continues, HUD has the ability to reassess the need for any additional funding.