WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will award $594,931,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to Louisiana in response to Hurricanes Laura and Delta.
The funds are made available through the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act, which passed with Congressman Higgins’ support last month. The bill included $5 billion for the CDBG program with $1.6 billion required to be allocated within 30 days of enactment. The $595 million is part of that initial allocation. Congressman Higgins has called for additional support in subsequent allocation rounds and is proactively working with state and local officials to influence HUD’s rulemaking process and allocation determinations.
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:
“This initial allocation of $595 million is welcome news for South Louisiana. We continue to push for additional resources and priority consideration of Community Development Block Grant funding for Louisiana. Additional support is necessary in response to the 2020 hurricanes, and we’re working with our state and local officials to ensure that much more of the $5 billion topline will go toward Louisiana’s 2020 storm season disaster recovery.”