(Updated Dec. 5, 2019 11:06 a.m)
Washington, D.C. – Another $244 million is now available for recovery work in the Marianas, Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan announced today. The Department of Housing and Urban Development informed the Congressman of the new allocation of disaster relief funds by e-mail this morning. An official announcement will be published later in the Federal Register.
The allocation for the CNMI was part of the $2.3 billion fund to support the long-term disaster recovery process in hard-hit areas in 15 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
"This is welcoming news for our recovering islands, and we are very grateful to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and HUD Secretary Ben Carson for their support in our long-term disaster recovery process," CNMI Gov. Ralph Torres said.
"I also want to commend our hardworking staff at the Northern Marianas Housing Corporation and our departments and agencies for working collaboratively on our action plan, which will help fund work on our damaged homes on Saipan and Tinian, as well as infrastructure throughout our businesses, schools, and community areas around the Commonwealth," the governor added.
This was a year’s worth of work, Torres said, noting the many requirements and needs for the program to award funding for many projects compiled by NMHC and the governor's office with business and community input from many residents. "We thank our residents for their continued patience with our recovery process. The CDBG-DR program is one of the many reasons why we are developing our local capacity to meet the demands and requirements for managing our community recovery projects. This funding will help rebuild our Marianas stronger for the future" Torres said.
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