Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett Announces $9 Million HUD Grant to Help the U.S. Virgin Islands Rebuild from 2017 Hurricanes
Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett released the following statement announcing a $9 million HUD grant for the Virgin Islands Housing Authority in the U.S. Virgin Islands:
“Today the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $9 million to help the U.S. Virgin Islands rebuild from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. This grant awarded today is provided through the Public Housing Capital Fund. The Capital Fund provides funds, annually, to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) for the development, financing, and modernization of public housing developments and management improvements. The funds may not be used for improvements, direct social services, cost funded by other HUD programs, and ineligible activities as determined by HUD on a case-by-case basis.
“This crucial funding will help the Virgin Islands to address disaster-related deficiencies in housing, public services, and infrastructure, as determined by local officials with citizen input. This is a substantial increase due to the hurricanes and can be used to address many of the public infrastructure needs as we rebuild our islands. The successful administration will depend on how well and how quickly a comprehensive action plan can be put together and approved by HUD.
“The Federal Government must continue to serve an ongoing role in supporting the people of the Virgin Islands as we recover from and persevere through the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma and Maria.”