SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Springfield is receiving over $20 million dollars in disaster relief.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a grant of $21.9 million to the city to help with long-term disaster recovery costs associated with the storms of 2011.
“Within the last two years the residents and businesses of the City of Springfield have been through a lot. Since June 1, 2011 a lot of hard work has gone into our recovery and today marks a significant piece of funding for our long term recovery efforts,” Sarno says.
Rep. Neal adds, “The devastating and deadly storms that passed through the region created the worst natural disaster in a generation. And while the people of western and central Massachusetts are strong and resilient, it was clear we were going to need help. This additional $21.8 million will be a great boost to our rebuilding efforts and bring our community one step closer to recovery.”
The grant is part of $514 million being allocated by HUD for disaster recovery efforts in nine states, with area with the greatest extent of ‘unmet need.’