At least $65 million in federal funds have just been allotted South Carolina cities that were significantly affected by Hurricane Matthew in recent months.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the assistance for the palmetto state through Community Development Block Grants in a press release this past weekend.
Eligible towns and cities must apply for the grant dollars to cover the buying of flood-damaged property, down payment assistance programs and debris removal costs that aren’t covered by other federal dollars that have already come in to the state.
Hurricane Matthew, which touched down in South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, caused nearly $341 million in total public property damage, according to Gov. Nikki Haley’s office.
The grant dollars are part of $1.5 billion HUD announced for six states, including North Carolina, that were affected by severe flooding and hurricanes Hermine and Matthew.
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“Our team worked quickly to make sure these funds reach the communities most impacted by a major disaster this year. We’ll do everything we can to support the people and places still struggling to rebuild,” commented HUD Secretary Julián Castro.
For more information about the grants or to apply for your town you can visit Hud.gov or call (202) 708-1112