|HUD No. 19-007
HUD Public Affairs
February 6, 2019
READOUT OF SECRETARY BEN CARSON'S MEETING WITH GOVERNOR RICARDO ROSSELLÓ ON PUERTO RICO'S HURRICANE RECOVERY
WASHINGTON – This morning, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson met with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló at HUD Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to discuss the status of Puerto Rico’s rebuilding efforts following the 2017 hurricanes. The meeting lasted approximately 30 minutes. The Secretary was joined by Acting Deputy Secretary Brian Montgomery, who oversees the disaster recovery program at HUD, and Acting Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development David Woll. The Governor was joined by Puerto Rico’s Housing Secretary, Fernando Gil.
During the meeting, the Secretary reaffirmed HUD’s commitment to helping rebuild a stronger and more resilient Puerto Rico. The Governor pledged his commitment to transparency and offered his assurance that the Commonwealth would maintain the proper financial controls for the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) dollars that HUD has allocated to the Island. Secretary Carson and Governor Rosselló look forward to continuing an open and regular dialogue about rebuilding efforts as Puerto Rico prepares to use its initial $1.5 billion in disaster recovery funding.