Exactly one year after Superstorm Sandy hit Maryland, an announcement proclaimed the state will receive $19 million in aid for the hardest-hit communities from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, along with Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, made the announcement Monday about the federal funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The funds are in addition to a previous award of $8.6 million in CDBG funding, according to a press release from Mikulski's office.
Mikulski said the funds are flexible aid that will be used to "help restore and rebuild critical infrastructure including roads, homes and businesses" in areas of the state still in need, such as the Eastern Shore. The state is required to submit an action plan to HUD to describe the needs and planned uses of the funds.
Maryland communities will have received more than $73.5 million in federal funds with this aid for Superstorm Sandy relief, according to a press release.