LA County to Receive $3.78 Million in Federal Grants for Wildfire Recovery Efforts

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Los Angeles County will receive $3.78 million in federal grants to help with recovery efforts stemming from the devastating and deadly Woolsey Fire in 2018. The City of Malibu will receive an additional $47,000.

The Woolsey Fire destroyed 1,600 buildings in Malibu’s Westlake Village and caused about $5 billion in damage, officials said. At least three people died in what turned out to be one of the most destructive fires in the county’s history.

According to a 2019 report, fighting the blaze was made more difficult as local authorities had to compete for resources as massive wildfires raged in neighboring Ventura County and the town of Paradise, Washington. northern California.

The award announced Friday is part of a fund of more than $317 million California has received for its infrastructure rebuilding efforts after wildfires scorched more than 1.6 million acres across the country. State four years ago.

“California remains committed to uplifting and supporting every community impacted by devastating wildfires as it works to rebuild,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement Friday about the federal fund for community development. “Rebuilding after communities have been tragically destroyed due to extreme weather is an opportunity to restore economic opportunity and strengthen communities by giving them the ability to heal.

The funds, which were allocated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, are intended to focus assistance on low- and moderate-income Californians, but communities will have the ability to prioritize housing and construction projects.

Allocations include $72.7 million for Butte County; $12.38 million for the town of Chico, $22.5 million for the town of Redding; $6.3 million for the town of Shasta Lake; and $199.5 million for the town of Paradise, which was devastated by the Camp Fire in Northern California.

“We are inspired by residents coming together and working in partnership with the state to rebuild their lives, restore economic opportunity and create a more resilient future,” said the Secretary of the Agency for Business, Consumer Services and Housing, Lourdes Castro Ramírez, in a statement. “We will continue to work closely with our federal partners in the Biden administration to bring resources to communities faster and more equitably when disaster strikes.”

Vice President Kamala Harris announced in January that billions of dollars in federal funding, including $600 million for California, would be distributed to communities across the country to help with wildfire mitigation and recovery efforts. .

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