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Updates from HUD on recent U.S. disasters

Posted by NMA on Sep 25, 2017 12:44:17 PM

govt-columns.jpgHUD has been extremely busy with their disaster relief efforts in response to the numerous hurricanes and storms that have struck the U.S. Recently, they released a fraud alert to warn those affected by hurricanes to potential scams. In addition, HUD provided further information regarding their disaster relief efforts for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

OIG Warns of Hurricane Disaster Scams

HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a fraud alert advising everyone affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria to be alert to scams that commonly occur after a disaster. Specifically, the alert warns to watch out for:

  • Scam housing inspectors
  • Scam contractors
  • Fake relief programs
  • Flooded cars for resale
  • Mortgage rescue scams

OIG also cautions those affected not to be persuaded to commit fraud by misrepresenting eligibility or misusing funds. Details on what to look out for and how to protect yourself in each of the categories above can be found in the alert.

HUD Announces Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

In two press releases, HUD announced that it will again speed federal disaster relief to the U.S. Virgin Islands and various municipalities in Puerto Rico to provide support to low-income renters and homeowners forced from their homes due to Hurricane Maria. Among the assistance discussed in the press releases, HUD is currently contacting state and local officials to explore streamlining the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs to expedite the repair and replacement of damaged housing. These programs give communities the flexibility to redirect funds to address critical needs, such as housing and services for disaster victims. For more information, click here.

Topics: disaster programs, HOME, CDBG-DR

HUD announces disaster relief for Puerto Rico

Posted by NMA on Sep 12, 2017 11:17:30 AM

govt-columns.jpgIn a press release yesterday, HUD announced that it will speed federal disaster relief to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and provide support to low-income renters and homeowners forced from their homes due to Hurricane Irma.

Among the assistance discussed in the press release, HUD is currently contacting state and local officials to explore streamlining the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs to expedite the repair and replacement of damaged housing. These programs give communities the flexibility to redirect funds to address critical needs, such as housing and services for disaster victims. For more information, click here.

Topics: CDBG, disaster programs, HOME, CDBG-DR

HUD announces Hurricane Harvey resources

Posted by NMA on Sep 5, 2017 11:58:41 AM

govt-columns.jpgToday HUD introduced two websites offering information and resources for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief. An accompanying press release discusses the housing needs of hurricane survivors.

First, in an email this morning HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) announced that it has established a website devoted to Hurricane Harvey Latest News. The site includes links to resources to assist survivors in beginning the building clean-up process safely so that they can get back into their homes as soon as possible. The site also features guides on dealing with mold, asbestos, lead, and other home health hazards that can occur after a disaster. Click here to join the OLHCHH mailing list.

A hurricane recovery website has also been posted on HUD Exchange. The site contains information and resources for HUD grantees, partners, and residents. Resources include links to press releases, disaster recovery toolkits, information for HUD and non-HUD residents, and resources for the care of pets and other animals.

In a press release posted this morning, HUD addressed the need for affordable rental housing for hurricane survivors. In partnership with other federal departments and agencies, HUD is the lead coordinating agency for long-term disaster-related housing needs resulting from Hurricane Harvey. HUD, its federal partnering agencies, and the Texas state housing task force are focused on identifying strategies to strengthen the housing market, building inclusive and sustainable communities, and integrating disaster mitigation measures into community design and development to reduce future damages.

Topics: disaster programs, indoor air quality, Program News and Notices, CDBG-DR

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