Fla. Seeking $633M in Federal Money for Disaster Mitigation
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis wants to access more than $633 million in first-of-its-kind federal funding for disaster mitigation projects.
These funds are available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) newly created Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) program, which formed in response to the 2016 and 2017 presidentially declared disasters.
“The damage brought by recent hurricanes has made it abundantly clear that Florida must prioritize disaster mitigation projects to better protect our communities from future disasters,” says DeSantis. “Florida has an incredible opportunity to leverage this first-of-its-kind federal mitigation funding to help our communities reduce the impacts and damage from future disasters.”
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) will lead state efforts to create a State Action Plan – a high-level strategy for how the funding will be used to address communities’ disaster mitigation needs – in partnership with state agencies working on resiliency efforts, as well as with input from local communities and stakeholders.
“The sooner our plan is approved, the sooner we can get these much-needed funds into the communities impacted by these storms,” says Ken Lawson, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
DEO will develop and submit the State Action Plan to HUD for review by Feb. 3, 2020. Upon approval, DEO will work with statewide partners to distribute the federal funds.
In the coming weeks, DEO says it will announce upcoming regional workshops, additional webinars and other opportunities for community partners to learn more and provide input on the State Action Plan.
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