NEW HAVEN, CT—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) released the following statement today after Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the Department has approved Connecticut’s plan for $71,820,000 million in funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery. The State of Connecticut will now send applications for assistance to Sandy victims and evaluate completed applications to determine what state residents and business owners are eligible.

“This is a positive step forward for people who are still struggling to put their lives back together in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Government is about helping families recover and rebuild from disasters like Sandy; we have a responsibility to ensure these resources get to those in need. I fought to ensure Connecticut received these funds and will continue to be closely involved in the process so that the rest of the disaster relief money, meant to help lessen the impact of future disasters, is made available to all who need it.”

As directed by Congress, in the emergency relief package signed into law earlier this year, 80 percent of the money must be spent in hardest hit New Haven and Fairfield counties and be used to address unmet needs from Hurricane Sandy. The funds were made available under the first of three rounds of Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery allocations.

Last week the Connecticut Congressional Delegation announced the state has received a $1.3 million grant to help small businesses recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. In May, the delegation applauded the announcement $6 million of emergency disaster relief funds had been made available to repair and rebuild parks, public lands and refuges damaged by Hurricane Sandy.