Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Visits Sweetwater Stormwater and Drainage Improvement Project Completed with CDBG Funds

Jun 4, 2018
Press Release

MIAMI – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, today visited a Stormwater and Drainage Improvements project site in the City of Sweetwater. This project was completed using Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) funds from fiscal year 2017. CDBG is a program under the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which is funded by Diaz-Balart’s Subcommittee. 

“The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program allows localities such as Sweetwater to receive federal funding for important economic development or infrastructure and housing needs. Through CDBG, localities are able to create or upgrade local community projects and programs they might not be able to afford otherwise. The CDBG funds used here helped to complete a stormwater and drainage project that will make a significant difference in heavy rainfall storms. Like we saw after Hurricane Irma, proper drainage is key to reducing damage to our homes and roads. As Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, I was proud to support CDBG at $3.3 billion in both the recently passed funding bill and my fiscal year 2019 bill that was just passed by the Committee. I applaud Sweetwater Mayor Lopez on the completion of this project and appreciate his efforts. I will continue to work with local community leaders to ensure Southern Florida localities are able to compete for federal dollars through CDBG.”

As Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Diaz-Balart is a strong supporter of CDBG and funded it at $3.3 billion in both fiscal year 2018 and 2019. Diaz-Balart also provided historic levels of funding for the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program in the wake of the 2017 hurricane season and wildfires. Within the two emergency disaster relief supplemental packages that were approved by Congress and enacted by the President, $38 billion was included for CDBG-DR, and $1.4 billion of that was allocated to Florida. 

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