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HUD No. 19-019
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Friday
March 1, 2019

HUD APPROVES U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS' LATEST DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN-- APPROVAL COMES WITH TIGHT FISCAL CONTROLS


WASHINGTON ā€“ U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced its approval of the U.S. Virgin Islandā€™s latest disaster recovery action plan, which will invest an additional $779 million to help the state continue to rebuild from Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

These funds are provided through HUDā€™s Community Development Block Grant ā€“ Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program and will address lingering unmet needs, including seriously damaged housing, businesses and infrastructure.

ā€œTodayā€™s announcement is an important milestone as we help the U.S. Virgin Islands rebuild,ā€ HUD Secretary Ben Carson said. ā€œThis money will directly benefit the communities who have suffered substantial damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure.ā€

HUD requires that these recovery dollars be targeted to local communities that experienced the greatest impact and that all disaster relief funds will be spent in a manner that helps disaster victims. As a result, HUD will impose strict conditions and financial controls on the use of these funds.

Learn more about CDBG-DR and U.S. Virgin Islandā€™s role in long-term disaster recovery (en espaƱol).

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