Lafayette, LA – (RealEstateRama) — Dr. Charles Boustany (R-Lafayette) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $437,800,000 to the State of Louisiana for communities that experienced significant damage in recent flooding. The funds are provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program.
Boustany said: “Following the devastation that swept throughout most of Louisiana after the recent floods, the Louisiana delegation got to work convincing House and Senate leadership to provide necessary relief funds to get people back on their feet. While this is only the first step, I am pleased that HUD allocated almost 88% of the funds allocated in the Continuing Resolution to the State of Louisiana for CDBG funds. This funding will provide a critical lifeline for many who are struggling to get back on their feet.”
The Red Cross has stated that the flooding in South Louisiana this past August was the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy, and FEMA has also said it will end up being the fourth most expensive natural disaster in the last twelve years. Combined with the devastating floods this spring, Louisiana is in urgent need of immediate assistance. That is why the Louisiana congressional delegation sent a letter to HUD Secretary Castro on October 5, 2016, urging immediate allocation of CDBG funds from the Continuing Resolution passed in September.