Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announces today that Texas will receive $1.7 Billion in federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to aid in Hurricane Ike recovery. This is the second of three installments of federal funds to Hurricane Ike impacted states allocated by Congress in 2008.

I am glad to see that Texas received a large portion of the money allocated for Ike recovery, said Poe. However, it is long overdue and I will continue to work on a federal level to see that the needs of our local governments and families throughout southeast Texas get the federal assistance that they need and deserve. Unfortunately, the process has been too slow and complicated and too many communities are still faced with the mounting bills for clean up and recovery, but this money will help to address many of these issues.

CDBG Disaster Recovery Assistance provides flexible grants to help cities, counties, and States recover from Presidentially declared disasters, especially in low-income areas. CDBG funds are allocated to the State of Texas and administered through their agencies. For more information about HUD Disaster Funding programs, please visit their website at http://www.hud.gov/news/release.cfm?content=pr09-084.cfm.