Calling Florida Legislature! Can we please use our state’s unspent disaster block grant money to help Florida homeowners affected by Chinese Drywall?
Recently, the State of Louisiana passed a law allocating 5 million dollars of the state’s grant money used for disaster relief to help repair Chinese Drywall in homes. Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, toured South Florida homes covered in Chinese Drywall and recommended that Florida look into using disaster relief grant money.
In Louisiana, some of the grant money is also being used to help relocate residents with Chinese Drywall to rental properties. The disaster relief funds are also being allocated to help test for Chinese Drywall and perform home air quality tests. A recent Sun-Sentinel article reported that there is as many as 36,000 homes in Florida affected by Chinese Drywall.
Big question that I have, as well as many politicians, such as Senator Bill Nelson, is how much money does the State of Florida have left in its disaster relief fund? Also, could the state place restrictions on how much money a person receives based upon their income levels?
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