(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $1.5 billion to states impacted by major disaster last year. California will receive $491,816,000 for wildfire recovery, including areas impacted by the Carr Fire and Camp Fire.
The funds are provided through the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program and will be used to rebuild housing, businesses, and infrastructure.
LaMalfa said: “Last’s year’s wildfires were some of the worst ever in Northern California. The Carr Fire burned over 220,000 acres and the Camp Fire was the costliest natural disaster in the world for 2018. That means Redding, Paradise, and other affected areas still have an extensive rebuilding process ahead, and that will require a significant amount of time and money. I thank Secretary Carson and the Administration for their efforts to help our communities recover. I will work with the state to ensure these funds are properly allocated to people in my district who desperately need it. This funding will help our people rebuild their homes and businesses in Northern California and slowly return to a more normal way of life.”
This allocation comes from the 1.68 billion in CDBG-DR that was provided the FAA reauthorization bill that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in October of 2018. The allocation is estimated to address 68% of unmet needs for California.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.