Feinstein: Californians will be eligible for $12.6 billion in relief funding

Washington June 4, 2019 – Senator Dianne Feinstein released the following statement after the House passed the Senate-approved disaster funding bill:

“I’m pleased the House passed the $19.1 billion disaster funding bill, which includes up to $12.6 billion for victims of last year’s wildfires. These funds will provide much-needed relief to families recovering from the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history.

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“Last year’s wildfires killed 100 people, destroyed more than 15,000 homes and burned 1.9 million acres, including the entire town of Paradise. To help Paradise recover, I secured a provision to ensure the entire town is eligible for USDA rural development funding. Under current law, its population prior to the devastating Camp Fire made it ineligible for those programs.

“Now that the House and Senate have finally passed this bipartisan legislation, I’m hopeful the president will quickly sign it to ensure recovery efforts continue without delay.”

Following are the major sources of funding available to California:

  • USDA Farm and Rural Assistance: $3 billion
  • Army Corps Flood Infrastructure: $1 billion
  • Community Development Block Grants: $2.431 billion
  • Emergency Highway Repairs: $1.65 billion
  • Economic Development Assistance: $600 million
  • EPA Water grants: $349 million
  • Education Assistance: $165 million
  • Social Services Emergency Fund: $201 million