March 28, 2023

HUD: Assistance Announced for Mississippi in Wake of Tornadoes

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced the implementation of federal disaster relief for the state of Mississippi to assist state, tribal, and local recovery efforts for areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes beginning March 24 to March 25, 2023. On March 26, 2023, President Biden issued a major disaster declaration for the counties of Carroll, Humphreys, Monroe, and Sharkey.

“HUD is with the people of Mississippi to help rebuild after this devastating disaster. The tornadoes in Mississippi displaced many individuals and families from their homes due to the damage caused by the severe storms this past weekend,” said Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “The help we are announcing gives our state and local partners the flexibility they need to rebuild from the storm and it builds on unprecedented aid from the Biden-Harris Administration.”

Effective immediately, HUD is:

In March, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced an overhaul of the agency’s disaster recovery efforts to better serve communities who face the direct impacts of weather-related disasters. Based on the increasing number of disasters and the increasingly important role that HUD is playing in federal government’s preparedness, response, and recovery efforts, the Department established the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) in the Office of the Deputy Secretary, the Office of Disaster Recovery (ODR) within the Office of Community Planning and Development and has added of dozens of new HUD staff members to help expedite recovery processes. These steps will streamline the agency’s disaster recovery and resilience work by increasing coordination, reducing bureaucracy, and increasing capacity to get recovery funding to communities more quickly by facilitating collaborative, transparent disaster recovery planning with communities earlier in the process.

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