Congressman Jared Huffman

Representing the 2nd District of California

Reps. Huffman and Thompson Announce $99 Million In Federal Funding for Fire Recovery

Aug 15, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C.- Today, Reps. Jared Huffman (CA-02) and Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that California has been awarded $99.324 million that must be spent on disaster recovery across the state, including in Sonoma County and Mendocino County. This federal funding was previously awarded through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) program as part of an effort to provide long-term recovery from the 2017 wildfires. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has today issued guidance that counties and zip codes in Huffman and Thompson’s districts must receive that funding for unmet needs.

“While the still-raging wildfires continue to inflict catastrophic damage on our communities, I’m glad to see that this much-needed federal support is on its way,” said Rep. Huffman. “We will continue to work with local, state, and federal partners to ensure that our districts have every resource needed during the long path to recovery.”

“Our district was and continues to be hit hard by fires, but together we are coming back even stronger. Together with local, state, and federal partners, we are addressing the deep impact these fires left on our communities and I am so proud this funding will be provided to help those who need it most recover and rebuild,” said Rep. Thompson. “This work continues and I will keep fighting for every possible federal penny to help our district rebuild and be even stronger.”

The Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD awards CDBG-DR grants to flexibly support many different recovery efforts, including but not limited to housing needs, economic revitalization, and improvements to infrastructure. California received $212 million to go toward unmet needs and mitigation efforts and HUD has announced that no less than $99.324 million must go to areas most impacted by the fires including Sonoma County, Redwood Valley, the City of Napa, Ventura County and parts of Santa Barbara, Clearlake, and Maysville. Click here for more information.