PRICE ANNOUNCES $32 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL HURRICANE MATTHEW RELIEF FUNDING
Washington – Congressman David E. Price (NC-04), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations subcommittee responsible for housing funding, announced today that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide an additional $31.86 million to North Carolina for disaster relief and recovery from Hurricane Matthew. The HUD funding will be allocated through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) program. Under the 2017 appropriations omnibus, HUD had previously allocated only $6 million for additional North Carolina Matthew recovery funding. Congressman Price – alongside Senator Tillis and Governor Cooper – has led the North Carolina delegation’s bipartisan efforts to urge HUD to revisit the data used to calculate the earlier omnibus allocation. This additional funding reflects HUD’s updated analysis.
“This additional funding, which will prove vital to North Carolina’s recovery from Hurricane Matthew, is the result of bipartisan advocacy from the delegation and Governor Cooper,” said Congressman Price. “Make no mistake, however: the new allocation still leaves us hundreds of millions of dollars short of the demonstrated need. The delegation must continue to stress to the Administration and congressional leadership that many North Carolinians are living in the devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew, and we will not stop fighting to get them the funding they deserve.”
Governor Cooper has estimated that the state will require close to $1 billion to fully recover, in addition to the hundreds of millions in FEMA, CDBG-DR, and other federal relief funding that North Carolina has already received. Congressman Price, who recently introduced an Appropriations amendment to provide $5 billion dollars in additional relief for states impacted by Hurricane Matthew and other disasters, will continue to advocate for funding as the Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations process unfolds.