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Obama Signs Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Bill

Terri Ludwig, President and CEO, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Statement Commending Passage of Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Bill

Enterprise commends President Obama, his administration and Congress for working together to address the critical needs of people still struggling after Superstorm Sandy by passing and signing the Sandy supplemental bill.

The $50.5 billion allocated by this critical legislation will go a long way in helping those hit hardest by the storm rebuild their lives and communities.

The $16 billion in special disaster Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for states impacted by disasters in 2011, 2012 and 2013 will be especially useful to communities because of the flexibility built into the program, which allows localities to respond to their most pressing needs. The New York, New Jersey and Connecticut congressional delegations, as well as all impacted state and local officials, deserve special thanks for the considerable time and energy spent ensuring this bill passed, despite the challenges of the current fiscal environment and recent budget debates. Enterprise was pleased to join our public and private partners to help craft this critical legislation.
We are strongly committed to recovery, rebuilding and resilience. We continue to work closely with our local and state partners, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, members of Congress and the Obama Administration to ensure that:
  • Sandy-affected communities are provided with enough public and private resources to rebuild effectively and efficiently;
  • Storm-damaged affordable housing buildings are stabilized, repaired, and/or redeveloped to safely house affected families;
  • Affordable housing in vulnerable areas is sustainably redeveloped and equipped to safely shelter residents with minimal disruptions in future crises;
  • Community-based organizations are equipped with disaster preparedness resources and skills to support and protect all residents, especially the most vulnerable populations (including seniors and residents of supportive housing and public housing), in the event of future emergencies; and
  • Highly-vulnerable, low-income neighborhoods have access to the expertise and resources necessary to conduct resilience planning.
The devastation unleashed by Sandy reminds us of the importance of having a safe place to call home, especially during frigid winter months. The passage and signing of the Sandy supplemental is a significant step toward ensuring that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for suffering families and individuals. It will take a coordinated approach and years of commitment for our communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy to fully recover, but together we will become more resilient than ever.

Jon Searles

Terri Ludwig, president & CEO
Terri Ludwig