RI Delegation Announces Plan to Spend $3.2M in Sandy Relief Funds

Aug 1, 2013 Issues: Energy & Environment, Housing, Rhode Island

U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced today that Rhode Island’s plan to spend $3.2 million in Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to assist in Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts has been approved by the federal government. The funds are available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“I appreciate HUD working with the state on a plan to use these flexible recovery funds to help Rhode Island homeowners, small businesses, and communities that were hit hardest by the storm," said U.S. Senator Jack Reed. "This federal funding will help Rhode Island to continue moving forward with our recovery efforts.”

“Scores of Rhode Island families and businesses were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, and many are still struggling to recover,” said U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who brought members of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force to Rhode Island last month to tour storm-damaged areas. “I’m glad HUD has approved the first stage of Rhode Island’s disaster recovery plan, which will allow the state to access disaster funding for badly needed repairs.”

HUD approved an initial $625,612 award as the first stage of Rhode Island’s disaster recovery plan for Hurricane Sandy. The full plan, when approved, will total $3.2 million.

“It has been nearly a year since Sandy hit, and still, our coastal communities continue to suffer,” said Rep. Jim Langevin. “In addition to the immediate damage caused by high winds and rising waters, the storm eroded beaches, threatening our natural resources and our waterfront properties, both residential and commercial. After meeting with state and local officials, I believe our state needs short-term remediation for Sandy’s impacts and also a long-term plan for how to best protect our coastline from natural disasters.”

“Hurricane Sandy caused tremendous damage to families and businesses across Rhode Island – the effects of which are still being felt today,” said Rep. David Cicilline. “These additional federal funds will help Rhode Islanders make necessary repairs and rebuild after last year’s storm.”