Senators Isakson, Perdue Applaud $34.88 Million In HUD Disaster Recovery Funding For Georgia

Funds to help Georgians rebuild after Hurricane Michael infrastructure damage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) today applauded an announcement by the Trump Administration that it will award $34.88 million through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to Georgia for disaster recovery efforts. This funding will cover some of Georgia’s infrastructure damage caused by Hurricane Michael. Senators Isakson and Perdue applauded this news as they continue to fight for disaster relief funding for agricultural losses as a result of Hurricane Michael’s damaging winds and heavy rainfall.

“This down payment will help Georgia communities struggling to rebuild infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Michael nearly seven months ago,” said Senator Isakson. “I thank the administration for taking this step to provide funding to our state. Senator Perdue and I are going to continue fighting in Congress to see to it that we pass critical disaster relief funding for our farmers and other Georgians in desperate need.”

“President Trump and HUD Secretary Ben Carson are stepping up to help rebuild our communities in Southwest Georgia after Hurricane Michael devastated homes and businesses seven months ago,” said Senator Perdue. “Now, Congress must put aside individual political interests and pass a disaster relief package for Americans who are depending on us. To our farmers in Georgia – rest assured Senator Isakson and I will continue fighting until we get disaster relief flowing to Georgia and all states that are hurting.”

The announced funding is available through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program, which was provided by Congress to respond to the 2018 natural disasters under the supplemental appropriations bill passed just five days before Hurricane Michael made landfall.

Last week, Senators Isakson and Perdue joined Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Ted Cruz (R-TX),  Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rick Scott (R-FL), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in sending a letter to HUD Secretary Ben Carson urging for expedited disbursement of the funds to aid with impacted states’ recovery efforts. Click here for full text of the letter.