The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated more than $2.3 billion Tuesday to support the long-term disaster recovery process in hard hit areas in 15 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands, according to a HUD news release.
According to HUD, the U.S. Virgin Islands is getting $53.59 million of that, bringing HUD’s total USVI allocated funds to $1.92 billion.
The money is from HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery Program, and will address seriously damaged housing, businesses and infrastructure from disasters that occurred since 2017.
“Today, we take another important step to ensure those hardest hit by recent disasters can fully recover,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in the statement. “The grants awarded today will help these local communities continue the recovery process of rebuilding their homes, restoring their businesses and repairing their critical infrastructure,” he said.