Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02) announced that California has been awarded $99.324 million that must be spent on disaster recovery across the state, including in Sonoma County and part of the City of Napa. 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 Thompson and Huffman’s districts must receive that funding for unmet needs.
“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 Thompson. “This work continues and I will keep fighting for every possible federal penny to help our district rebuild and be even stronger.”
“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 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.”
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 Sonoma County, the 94558 zip code in the City of Napa and other areas that have been most impacted by the fires – including Ventura County and parts of Santa Barbara, Clearlake, Redwood Valley and Maysville.