Harkin announces more than $125 million coming to Iowa for disaster relief - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Harkin announces more than $125 million coming to Iowa for disaster relief


WASHINGTON D.C. (KWWL) -- U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D- IA) announced today that Iowa will receive $125,297,142 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for disaster relief through the Community Development Block Grand (CDBG) program.

These dollars represent the initial disbursement of funding from the $6.5 billion that Congress approved for states affected by natural disasters in September.

"Even though some progress has been made helping individuals, families and businesses piece together their lives, there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done," said Harkin.  "These funds will continue to help Iowans who have experienced so much loss from the historic floods move forward and revitalize the economies of flood damaged communities."

The funds were a result of a provision Harkin included in legislation passed earlier this year requiring that a third of the funds had to be allocated within 60 days of the legislation becoming law. Harkin was concerned about how slowly HUD was releasing badly needed CDBG dollars to Iowa communities.

CDBG dollars provide state and local leaders flexibility and leeway in how they use the grants. They can be used for home repairs and buyouts, assistance to businesses, repair of damaged public facilities, economic revitalization and additional mitigation efforts to reduce damage from future disasters.


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