For Immediate Release - May 30, 2012

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO REBUILD HOMES IN SPRINGFIELD

$75,000 awarded to Rebuilding Together to restore tornado-damaged homes in Springfield

SRPINGFIELD – Wednesday, May 30, 2012 – Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today announced an additional $75,000 grant to support Rebuilding Together Springfield’s effort to repair homes damaged by the June 1, 2011 tornadoes. Today’s announced funding is in addition to $100,000 awarded by the Patrick-Murray Administration to Rebuild Together Springfield in September 2011 to repair tornado-damaged homes in the city. Rebuilding Together Springfield, the local affiliate of the 200-member national organization, has been helping low-income homeowners make crucial repairs since 1992.

“Our Administration is committed to working with the City of Springfield, and we thank Rebuilding Together for their partnership to help move this city forward,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “Through this additional funding, we will restore damaged homes so that more individuals and families in need have a safe place to call home.” 

The funds are being awarded by the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) through the $15 million for state emergency response efforts included in a supplemental budget passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Deval Patrick.

“We are proud to continue supporting Rebuild Together’s volunteer-driven effort to rebuild lives by making much-need home repairs after the tornadoes,” said Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development Aaron Gornstein. “These funds will help them continue their good work  and help bring Springfield back stronger and better than before.”

Home repair efforts coordinated by Rebuilding Together are made possible by groups of volunteers and will primarily address the needs of low-income, elderly, disabled and veteran households. This additional funding will enable Rebuilding Together to continue their efforts to repair tornado damaged homes including the restoration of windows, roofs, decks and other property damage sustained in the tornadoes. Licensed construction supervisors will oversee some projects.

“We at Rebuilding Together are so appreciative to the Patrick-Murray Administration for their support of our efforts to rebuild homes affected by last year’s tornadoes,” said Colleen Loveless, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Springfield. “Because of the Administration’s support, we have been able to rebuild 37 homes with thousands of volunteers for low-income homeowners and their families that did not have insurance or inadequate insurance. Thanks to the Administration, we are closer to reaching our goal where everyone affected by the disaster is able to return to a home that is safe and restored.”

The Patrick-Murray Administration launched an immediate and comprehensive response to the June 1st tornadoes, and remains committed to helping impacted communities and residents use this crisis as an opportunity to rebuild, renew and rebound. Following the state’s multi-faceted emergency efforts last spring, the administration has maintained its presence in the region, dedicated significant resources to rebuilding projects and partnered with federal and local officials to get business and homeowners back on their feet. To date, individuals, homeowners and businesses have received more than $26.7 million in federal disaster assistance to cover uninsured losses. The Department of Housing and Community Development helped hundreds of families find emergency shelter and has so far funded $525,000 in home repair. The Division of Insurance served as a resource and advocate for consumers filing $200 million in claims. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has directed $2.3 million in state funding to repair more than 20 streets throughout the region.

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