Federal government approves city’s plan for Sandy aid
The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved the city’s plan to spend $1.77 billion in aid for Sandy recovery efforts, and city residents and businesses are set to start receiving the funds as soon as this summer, the New York Times reports.
The city’s plan calls for $648 million to go to programs to rebuild homes and make them more storm-resistant. That sum also includes $9 million in rental subsidies for low-income New Yorkers who are at most risk for homelessness.
The rest of the money breaks down as follows:
- $360 million on city infrastructure
- $294 million on investments to make the city more resilient to storms
- $293 million on loans, grants and other programs for businesses
City officials say the aid is not enough to cover all the damage caused by the storm, but it will allow for crucial progress to be made. The funds will help address some of the most persistent issues, such as evacuees still living in hotels and mold in homes, the Times reports.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to announce the approval of the plan at City Hall on Friday.