The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is hosting a public listening session to discuss and gather feedback on the use of $501 million in federal funds allocated to the state for long-term recovery from hurricanes Sally and Zeta, which battered the coastal areas of the state in fall 2020.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds earlier this year. A majority of the funds are designated by HUD for the areas most impacted by the hurricanes, which include Baldwin, Clarke, Escambia and Mobile counties. A portion of the funds must be used for projects to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
ADECA is in the process of completing an action plan to guide the grant process for the funds. This meeting will give community leaders and those affected by the hurricanes an opportunity to listen to an overview of the process and provide local perspectives.
The final plan will include details on the types of recovery projects, eligibility and the application process. After the plan is approved by HUD, ADECA will begin the process of deploying the funds.
Who: ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell, community leaders from Baldwin, Clarke, Escambia and Mobile counties
When: 10 a.m. – noon Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022.
Where: Mobile Government Plaza Auditorium, 205 Government St., Mobile, AL
Virtual: Mobile County will stream the session live on YouTube.