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Governor Culver announces more Jumpstart Iowa dollars

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Governor Chet Culver announced today that $45 million of federal community development block grants (CDBG) have been allocated to communities and counties across Iowa.

The funds will be used to continue the state's new Jumpstart Iowa initiative, a housing and small business program designed to help Iowans affected by this years devastating severe weather. Governor Culver wants all Iowans to be aware of where they can apply for financial assistance.

"One month ago, I announced the creation of the Jumpstart Iowa program to help families and small business owners pick up the pieces following the floods and storms of 2008," said Governor Culver. "This program has helped many Iowans get back on their feet. But there are still Iowans who can benefit from this program and these dollars will help us do just that."

The allocation is part of an $85 million in federal emergency CDBG funds that Iowa has received to date. The remainder of the first round of CDBG funds are being used for housing buy outs, new home construction, hazard mitigation, and public infrastructure improvements.

Governor Culver also announced that the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development has approved nearly $72 million out of the remaining $200 million in disaster CDBG grants for Iowa disaster relief.

"As Governor, I will not rest until every penny available has been secured to help rebuild our state," said Governor Culver.  "This is why I will continue to work with HUD and all of our federal partners to ensure that Iowans have the resources they need from future allocations."

HUD informed the Governor today that they expect to make a portion of allocations from the $6.5 billion 2nd round federal disaster assistance package by December 1st

The Governor also announced a new public service campaign to reach those who are eligible for the program. Print, billboard, radio and television announcements will direct Iowans to the Jumpstart Iowa web site (jumpstart.iowa.gov) or to the toll free number 1-866-849-0323 to find out more information and apply for financial aid.  

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