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Additional disaster recovery funding coming to South Carolina

Additional disaster recovery funding coming to South Carolina

WASHINGTON, DC (WACH) – Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn announced Friday the allocation of additional disaster relief funds for the state.

The recently passed appropriations bill included $400 million for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery program.

While the bulk of the funds are for disasters in 2017 and beyond, Clyburn successfully secured a provision to make additional funds available for disasters occurring in 2015 and 2016.

This will result in $50 million coming to South Carolina.

The funds will be distributed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to the following:

• State of South Carolina - $31,883,000

• Richland County - $7,254,000

• Lexington County - $5,038,000

• City of Columbia - $6,166,000

“While Congress acted to provide relief to South Carolina after the historic floods from Hurricane Joaquin in 2015 and the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, many South Carolina communities need additional assistance. I fought to include a provision in the recently passed omnibus appropriations bill to provide additional funding for the victims of natural disasters from the last two years. This will mean an additional $50 million to help the families still desperately in need following these storms.”

Assistant Leader Clyburn has previously secured $156 million in CDBG Disaster Recovery funds for Hurricane Joaquin in 2015 and $65 million in CDBG Disaster Recovery funds for Hurricane Matthew.

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