BANGOR — Reps. Tom Allen and John Baldacci announced Wednesday that Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew M. Cuomo will release over $28 million in federal housing funds in response to their request for emergency aid to Maine families affected by the ice storm disaster.
“Secretery Cuomo announced that he will release $21,874 in Community Development Block Grant funds and $6,087 in Home Investment Partnership funds,” the representatives announced.
Of the CDBG funds allocated by HUD, the Maine State Housing Authority will get $16,153,000 and Bangor Housing Authority will get $1,244,000.
In addition, Sen. Susan Collins has written to Cuomo exploring the possibility of getting HUD to reimburse Maine’s utility companies for the more than $30 million in expenses already incurred to restore power.
“It is my understanding that under your Department’s CDBG program, funding may by provided to private utilities … to acquire, construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, or install the distribution lines and facilities of private utilities,” she wrote.