$474.5 Million in Federal Disaster Relief Announced by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

On March 28, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families released a memorandum to the Social Services Block Grant announcing the release of $474.5 million. This money is the result of $500 million mandated by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 to aid victims of hurricane Sandy.  $25.5 million was taken from this budget as a result of the federal budget sequestration.  This relief funding will go to help Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.

From the memorandum:

In order to receive SSBG Supplemental Funds, States must have received a Presidential disaster declaration for Hurricane Sandy for which Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance (IA) was authorized.

States must direct services to one or more of five social services goals:

  1. Achieving or maintaining economic self-support to prevent, reduce, or eliminate dependency;
  2. Achieving or maintaining self-sufficiency, including reduction or prevention of dependency;
  3. Preventing or remedying neglect, abuse, or exploitation of children and adults unable to protect their own interests, or preserving, rehabilitating, or reuniting families;
  4. Preventing or reducing inappropriate institutional care by providing for community-based care, home-based care, or other forms of less intensive care; and
  5. Securing referral or admission for institutional care when other forms of care are not appropriate or providing services to individuals in institutions.

The breakdown of aid varies by state according to this table:

State

Precentage Share

Allocation

Connecticut

2.23%

$10,569,192

Maryland

0.25%

$1,185,675

New Jersey

47.80%

$226,794,105

New York

49.62%

$235,434,600

Rhode Island

0.11%

$516,428

Total

$474,500,000

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