Disaster Recovery

Final Batch of Low-Income Homes at Louis E. Brown Villas Come Online (Virgin Islands Housing Authority)

7.9.20

From the St. Croix Source:

"The last phase of the Louis E. Brown Villas is now complete and 90 hurricane-resilient, family apartments are ready for occupancy, according to the V.I. Housing Authority.

These join 102 family units completed in 2011 and 40 completed in 2013, all developed by McCormack Baron Salazar. According to a news release from the Housing Authority, the total development cost for all 232 units was $80.7 million and included financing support from VIHA.

FEMA Approves $69 Million to Begin Replacement of Tutu Hi-Rise Apartments (Virgin Islands Housing Authority)

2.5.20

From the St. Thomas Source:

The V.I. government and V.I. Housing Authority received a $69 million obligation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund the demolition and replacement of residential buildings at the Tutu Hi-Rise housing community, according to Government House.

The funding will facilitate the demolition and replacement of the first five of 17 residential buildings at Tutu Hi-Rise damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

HUD to Finally Release CDBG-DR Funds to Puerto Rico; Supplemental Funding Bill Introduced in House Appropriations

1.23.20

Last week, HUD announced that it had finalized a grant agreement with Puerto Rico that would release $8.2 billion in CDBG-DR funding that Congress appropriated in 2018. In 2019, HUD ignored a statutory deadline to issue a Federal Register notice outlining how Puerto Rico can use the disaster relief aid in its ongoing recovery efforts.

Vitus Announces Re-Opening of Hurricane-Damaged Affordable Housing Property (Wilmington Housing Authority)

11.14.19

From Yahoo! Finance:

Vitus, a national developer and owner of affordable housing, announced today that it is welcoming residents back into the newly restored Market North Apartments in Wilmington, North Carolina. Residents were originally forced to vacate the property after the apartments were severely damaged by Hurricane Florence in September of 2018.

Federal Disaster Assistance a Disaster for Public Housing Residents

11.6.19
CLPHA supports bipartisan efforts to end politicized disbursement of disaster funds to Puerto Rico and public housing residents.
 
WASHINGTON (November 6, 2019) – Sunia Zaterman, Executive Director of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, issued the following statement in support of bipartisan Congressional efforts to remedy the inconsistent delivery of disaster recovery funds for housing programs, and specifically to Puerto Rico.

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