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The drawing in the Urban Land Institute’s report on recommendations for rebuilding St. Thomas shows some of consultant’s suggestions for changes to the “study area” in and near downtown Charlotte Amalie.

Disaster Funds Could Enable Island Makeover; So, How Should It Look?

A stateside consultant group has issued suggestions for remaking St. Thomas and the greater Virgin Islands from top to bottom. Recommendations run the gamut, from establishing bike lanes and promoting scooter traffic to creating new government agencies.

FEMA Approves $69 Million to Begin Replacement of Tutu Hi-Rise Apartments

The V.I. government and V.I. Housing Authority received a $69 million obligation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund the demolition and replacement of residential buildings at the Tutu Hi-Rise housing community, according to Government House.
Photo taken in September shows hurricane damaged property on St. John. Monday is the deadline to apply for an SBA loan for help recover from the disaster.

A Federal Disaster Monitor Appears for the V.I.; Leaders Seek Further...

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced the appointment of Robert Crouch to oversee disaster recovery grants administration.
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HUD Allocates Territory Another $53.59 Million

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 and four territories. 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.

Bryan Prioritizes Disaster Recovery, Medicaid Funding During Washington Visit

The expansion of Medicaid and funding for the ongoing recovery effort was the focus of Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s first day of meetings on Capitol Hill Tuesday, as Bryan and key members of his senior staff met with Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett and officials from the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Health and Human Services (HHS).

New HUD Guidelines Bring Delayed Block Grants Closer

The U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development has published its guidelines for the dispersal of $774.1 million in Community Development Block Grant funding for mitigation activities in the Virgin Islands.
George Hendricks stands outside his Whim home. Two years after Hurricane Maria took off his roof, blue tarp still covers the house. (Source photo by Wyndi Ambrose)

Remnants of Irma and Maria: Two Years Later, Blue Roofs Still...

Blue tarps are meant to last anywhere between 30 days and six months and yet, two years after Hurricane Maria, they still cover the homes of many of the territory’s residents in dire need of permanent roof repairs.
Federal funding has been appropriated to help repair public housing such as the Walter I.M. Hodge public housing neighborhood on St. Croix, which still shows extensive damage two years after the hurricanes of 2017. (Aerial photo by Daryl Wade)

HUD Action Brings $744 Million Closer to USVI

The Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a notice Wednesday that moves the U.S. Virgin Islands a step closer to being able to access some $744 million in federal funding.
Richard Motta, director of communications for Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. Bryan, addresses the media at Government House, St. Croix. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

News Conference: Governor Continuing to Press HUD on Disaster Funds

The governor is continuing to press FEMA to release desperately needed hurricane recovery funds, Richard Motta, director of communications for Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., reported Monday during a news conference at Government House on St. Croix.

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