Hawaii is getting millions more in federal funds to continue recovering from disasters

Hawaii is getting millions more in federal funds to continue recovering from disasters
Rains from Hurricane Lane battered the state in 2018, leaving some homes in disrepair. (Image: Terry Lilley)

WASHINGTON D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) -Hawaii is getting almost $67 million in new federal disaster relief funding.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development made the announcement Monday.

With the new allocated funds, Hawaii has now received more than $429 Million in disaster relief funding from the federal government.

The new funds were a part of the $1.7 billion housing disaster recovery package Congress passed last year.

“As we continue to recover from the series of natural disasters that hit our state, these new federal grants will be a huge help. And while this is good news for Hawaii, it is not our only chance at additional federal funding. I will continue to fight for federal resources at every opportunity to help Hawaii recover,” Sen. Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said.

Money for disaster relief will be used to continue recovery efforts in light of recent natural disasters like the floods on Kauai in 2018, Hurricane Lane and the Kilauea eruption.

Here’s how the money will be distributed:

  • $12 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in individual assistance to help people who have lost their home;
  • $206 million from FEMA in public assistance to help local and state governments clean up and repair public infrastructure such as facilities, parks, and water lines;
  • $93.1 million from the Department of Transportation to help rebuild roads and highways;
  • $47.2 million from the Small Business Administration in subsidized loans to help individuals and businesses pay for repairs not covered by insurance;
  • $4 million from the Department of Labor in Disaster Unemployment Insurance to help those who lost their job temporarily or permanently because of a disaster and are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits; and
  • $187,000 from the Economic Development Administration to provide technical assistance for economic development activities in disaster impacted areas.

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