Background on the funding opportunity
The United States Congress, following disaster declarations by the Governor and President, has allocated $23.152 million to assist the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in rebuilding and recovering from the damage caused by Hurricane Ida. Eighty percent of funds, or roughly $18 million, must be spent between the two counties hit hardest by the hurricane- Montgomery, and Delaware counties.
Before these funds can be utilized, the state must prepare and submit an action plan that identifies the unmet need remaining in the affected communities and propose activities - projects, and programs to build back better. In order to ensure this plan accurately reflects the needs and vision of those affected, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is undertaking a broad community outreach effort to individuals, businesses, organizations, and agencies in the counties most affected by the impacts of Hurricane Ida.
Public Comment Review Period
DCED is providing multiple means for residents to share their stories about the impacts of Hurricane Ida and set priorities for funding:
- Public comment and survey submissions are currently under review in efforts to formulate a community-focused initiative to ensure optimal usage of the allotted funds.
- Public feedback was successfully collected via a series of the noted town hall meetings
- To view a recording of the October 11th town hall, please click here