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USDA to Help 3 Michigan Counties Affected by Disasters
USAgNet - 09/11/2019

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service Administrator Bruce Lammers Tuesday announced that USDA is making $150 million in grants available through the Community Facilities Program to help rural communities continue their recovery from the devastating effects of hurricanes, fires and other natural disasters.

"When rural America thrives, all of America thrives," Lammers said. "Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA stands with the Nation's rural communities in their long-term recovery following natural disasters."

The $150 million is included in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act that President Trump signed into law on June 6. The grants may be used for relief in areas affected by Hurricanes Michael and Florence; wildfires in 2018; and other natural disasters where the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided a notice declaring a Major Disaster Declaration and assigned a FEMA disaster recovery (DR) number. View the list of designated communities as of Sept. 8, 2019. Please check the FEMA website for regular updates and names of additional communities that may be added.

"I urge affected communities to contact us as soon as possible so we can help them recover and prosper," said USDA State Director Jason Allen.

Communities in Houghton, Gogebic, and Menominee counties are eligible for this assistance.

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