Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL- 25), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee has been a strong advocate for disaster relief funding in response to the 2017 Hurricane Season and the California wildfires. He hosted several roundtables and briefings on disaster relief programs in the Departments of THUD, including the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program.
Diaz-Balart was able to secure the following supplemental funding:
Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA): Provides a total of $114.6
million for facilities damaged by
hurricanes in 2017, and operational
Federal Highway Administration-
Emergency Relief Program: $1.37
billion to address infrastructure
damage from 2017 hurricane season.
Federal Transit Administration-
Public Transportation Emergency
Provides $269 million for transit
systems affected by Hurricanes
Harvey, Irma, and Maria, to restore
buses and shelters, ferry terminals,
and rail systems stations.
Community Development Block Grants-Disaster Recovery (CDBGDR): Provides $26.1 billion to address unmet housing, business and infrastructure needs for communities devastated by disasters in 2017.
Also included in the legislation are the following that will benefit those recovering from the 2017 Hurricane Season and recent California wildfires:
$2.6 billion for assistance to support
Florida’s agriculture industry,
including the citrus industry (an
estimated $760 million in damages).
$2.9 billion to assist schools that
accepted students from Puerto Rico
after Hurricane Maria.
$12.1 billion for repairs to existing
Army Corps of Engineers projects
damaged during the storm, including
projects in Everglades National Park.
1.66 billion to support the Small
Business Administration’s disaster
loan program, allowing the agency to
provide up to $12.2 billion in disaster
$616.4 million for repairs, clean-up,
and recovery at national parks such
as Everglades and Dry Tortugas
Thank you to Rep. Diaz-Balart for fighting for the citizens affected by Hurricane Irma!