FL - Ron DeSantis: Almost $100 Million Headed to Help Florida Communities Recover From Hurricane Irma
At the end of last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that almost $100 million has been awarded to 24 communities impacted by Hurricane Irma through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program.
The program, administered by DEO, helps communities fund infrastructure restoration and improvement projects in communities impacted by disasters.
The funds are allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program.
Hurricane Irma hit Florida back in September 2017.
“Florida communities are still recovering from the impacts of Hurricane Irma, and helping them rebuild remains a top priority,” said DeSantis on Friday. “This funding will not only help to ensure Hurricane Irma-impacted communities are restored but also help improve their resiliency against future events.”
The Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program provides local governments the opportunity to restore and improve infrastructure in areas damaged by Hurricane Irma or as match funding for other federal programs to carry out eligible, federal CDBG-DR infrastructure activity.
“Governor DeSantis has challenged our Department with ensuring Hurricane Irma-impacted communities across the state can access the resources necessary to help them rebuild and enhance their resiliency,” said Dane Eagle, the executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity. “The Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Program is one way we can help these communities recover as we continue to make our state more resilient to future storms.”