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HUD awards $157M in disaster recovery funds to South Carolina

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Staff Report
Published Feb. 29, 2016

Nearly $60 million in disaster recovery funds have been awarded to the Columbia area by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HUD Secretary Julian Castro said today that altogether his agency has awarded South Carolina nearly $157 million following October’s historic rains and disastrous floods. The money will help meeting remaining unmet housing, economic development, and infrastructure needs, the agency said.

In the Midlands, funds for long-term disaster recovery efforts will be allocated to:

Lexington County – $16,332,000

Columbia – $19,989,000

Richland County – $23,516,000

State of South Carolina – $96,827,000

Total – $156,664,000

“After disaster strikes, the most important task is getting folks back to a safe home quickly, so they can return to their daily lives,” Castro said. “With climate change increasing the frequency and intensity of disasters, we must take every opportunity to plan better and ensure faster recovery for communities across the nation.”

Congress appropriated $300 million to address unmet recovery needs in communities impacted by a major flooding disaster in 2015.

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