Money To Help Hurricane Victims Stuck In Red Tape
Harvey, Irma, Maria. 2017’s deadly trifecta of storms prompted quick action from Congress setting aside money for the victims. But auditors found a big chunk of those funds have been stuck in red tape for way to long.
They are talking about HUD’s Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery. As of January 2019, more than a year after those storms: Texas had only used $18 million of its $5 billion allocated, Flordia used $1 million of $616 million and Puerto Rico had not used any of the $1.5 billion earmarked for there.
This is the same grant program where North Carolina was labeled a “slow spender” by the federal government for Hurrican Matthew recovery.
Back then, the head of Emergency Management, Michael Sprayberry, told us the delay was because they had to write a new action plan for repairs and that had to be approved by the feds. It got long-winded just listening to how the process dragged out.