INDIANAPOLIS (October 27, 2008) - Governor Mitch Daniels has been notified that Indiana will receive an additional $57 million in disaster assistance funding from the federal government for the state's long-term recovery efforts from severe storms and flooding that struck last summer.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the additional allocation to 15 states impacted by storms and flooding. Indiana had previously received $10 million in funding bringing the total now to $67 million.
Daniels contacted U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steve Preston and met with Office of Management and Budget Director Jim Nussle on a recent trip to Washington, D.C. to ensure Indiana received a fair share of the congressionally appropriated funds. The Indiana Congressional delegation also relayed the state's need for the funds that will be used to cover the costs of rebuilding infrastructure and mitigating future flood damage in Indiana communities.
"Our efforts to ensure Indiana received our fair share of these critical federal funds was successful. I'm encouraged by how much progress is being made in the recovery effort," said Daniels.
The emergency funding announced today is provided through the U.S. Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and will be administered through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Development.
Funds will be used to help communities and other public entities reduce their local match on FEMA reimbursement, help communities offset the costs of home buyouts, and help fund affordable housing.
A link to the HUD release may be found at: http://www.hud.gov/news/release.cfm?content=pr08-168.cfm
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