Rep. Garret Graves: Recovery funding should go directly to families, impacted areas in Louisiana parishes

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The fire station in Cut Off, Louisiana, still shows the wind damage from Hurricane Ida nearly seven months after the storm.

U.S. Congressman Garret Graves sent a letter to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge urging that Lafourche, Terrebonne, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. John and other Louisiana parishes receive recovery funding directly.

Under the current allocation, only the City of Baton Rouge will receive 2021 disaster funds directly, Graves pointed out in a news release.

Congressman Garret Graves

Additionally, he expressed concern about new funding criteria for victims of hurricane and flood disasters that could redirect aid to areas and individuals with less damage.

The new criteria came after Louisiana received $1.7 billion yesterday in hurricane and flood recovery funding. He said will continue to work to secure relief for additional south Louisiana communities impacted by natural disasters.

“As we all know, hurricanes and floods do not discriminate. These disasters affect us all. HUD has introduced new criteria that have not been approved by Congress. We have strong concerns that this could be an attempt to politically direct funding rather than simply getting the dollars to those most impacted and those with the greatest need. It took HUD six months to simply say how much total funding would be available for Louisiana’s hurricane and storm victims. The last thing we need is some opaque, discriminatory process that further delays and distorts recovery funding to our impacted families,” Graves said.