WATCH: Gov. Edwards joins other leaders for virtual call about ‘Disaster Recovery and Resilience Funding Awards’

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRPROUD) – A group of leaders is gathering on Thursday to talk about “HUD’s allocation of $2 billion in federal funding to advance equitable disaster recovery and build resilience to climate change,” according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In the press conference video, Gov. Edwards discusses how the funds will be invested in recovery efforts

“We are focused on building Louisiana back better, making the best of the resources we have,” said Gov. Edwards in the Disaster Recovery press conference. “Making those investments just as soon as we possibly can so that we can get people lives right side up again in Louisiana…. Nearly $600,000 million of the funds allocated dollars for the state-long term recovery from Hurricane Delta and Laura in 2020, we very much appreciate the assistance, it’s a great start, if we need additional funds we will continue to work with HUD Secretary Maria Fudge.”

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards joined the leaders listed below on the virtual call at 1 p.m:

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge
  • Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi
  • Oregon Governor Kate Brown

The federal funding includes something called Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funds or (CDBG-DR).

Watch the full Disaster Recovery press conference below:

HUD says the funds “include mitigation, will help communities recover from and build resilience to natural disasters, including climate disasters, with a specific focus on low- and moderate-income populations.”

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