Cassidy announces $67M in COVID-19, hurricane relief

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FILE – In this July 24, 2020, file photo, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., delivers remarks to media after registering as a candidate to run as an incumbent in Baton Rouge, La. More than a dozen unions and citizens’ groups say unemployed workers will demonstrate at U.S. senators’ offices in nine Louisiana cities to demand continued $600 federal coronavirus unemployment benefits. Sens. Cassidy and John Kennedy are among Republicans supporting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposal to cut that benefit to $200 a week on top of state unemployment pay. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

WASHINGTON (BRPROUD)- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted Louisiana $66,741,745.13 for COVID-19, Hurricanes Ida, and Laura recovery funds. U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy shares how the relief will get distributed in the state.

The Louisiana Housing Finance Agency will receive $27,725,684.13 for pandemic relief, Jefferson Parish will receive $33,697,276.75 in reimbursement for Hurricane Ida relief, and St. Charles Parish will receive $5,318,784.25 in reimbursement for Hurricane Laura relief, according to Sen. Cassidy.

“Louisiana has been hit by disaster after disaster, but families in our state are strong,” said Dr. Cassidy. “This funding has been slow to come, but is welcome. There is still more work to fully recover.”

Here’s what projects each FEMA distribution grant will serve across Louisiana; according to Cassidy

Grant AwardedRecipientProject Description
$27,725,684.13 The Louisiana Housing Finance AgencyThis grant will provide federal funding for staffing services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including hiring of personnel, monitoring social distancing activities, and providing PPE, personal hygiene items, and hand sanitizer. 
$33,697,276.75Jefferson ParishThis grant is reimbursement for the cost of maintaining operations at sewer lift stations during and after Hurricane Ida. A portion of the funding is specifically for the removal of sewage, set up and operation of by-pass pumps, and debris removal from sewer lines.
$5,318,784.25St. Charles ParishThis grant is reimbursement for the removal of 963,909.70 cubic yards of debris in the wake of Hurricane Laura.
FEMA Grant Distribution Table

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