Hurricane Relief Sought for Older Homes

TALLAHASSEE, FLA -

Some federal grant money that normally goes for hurricane recovery could be used in Florida to help make older homes better able to stand up to future storms.

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to make nearly one (b) billion dollars available to Florida and three other Gulf coast states through the Community Development Block Grant program.

Florida wants to use its share to harden older homes that were built when building codes weren't as strong.

The money hasn't been awarded yet and it's not clear yet how much Florida will get. But officials here recently made a pitch to HUD for some of the money with a proposal to use it for upgrading older homes.

HUD has already approved nearly 90 (m) million dollars for various hurricane recovery projects in Florida.

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