The Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority announces that its second amendment for the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery Action Plan is out for public review and solicitation of feedback. In addition, the Citizen Participation Plan, which guides public outreach activities for the various federal grants administered through VIHFA has been updated and is also out for review and comment.
St. Croix Judiciary Receives $1.5M for Damages from Hurricane Maria
The Office of Disaster Recovery announces that the Judiciary of the Virgin Islands has received an obligation of $1,486,421 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance Program. These funds will cover renovations and the cost to replace the contents for multiple facets of the district’s operations, including both courthouses, vehicles, and the home of the Superior Court’s Rising Stars Steel Band Orchestra.
Virtual Town Hall Meetings on Tourism and Economic Development
The Government of the USVI has engaged the University of the Virgin Islands, Center for Excellence in Leadership and Learning in the creation of the 5-year USVI Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and the Tourism Master Plan. As part of the study, UVI CELL will engage the public in a series of Virtual Town Hall Meetings. Please register in advance.
U.S. Army Corps Announces Chief’s Report Signing for Flood Reduction Studies
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces that Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, commanding general, has signed this week the Chief’s Reports for two flood damage reduction studies in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The signing of these reports for the Savan Gut Phase II and Turpentine Run projects marks a crucial milestone and progresses the proposed projects to Congress for individual authorization.
VIWMA Obligated $5.7M for Sewer Line Repairs on St. Thomas
The Office of Disaster Recovery announces the obligation of $5.7M to the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority to repair sewer lines in the Garden Street, Savan, and Moravian Guts on St. Thomas. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance Program funds will be used to restore approximately 4,570 linear feet of sewer line in the heavily trafficked area.
FEMA has approved nine million dollars for the Department of Health to fund the architecture and engineering services necessary to reconstruct the Charles Harwood Medical Center in Christiansted through its Public Assistance Program.
The July episode of Recovery in Focus will provide viewers with an update on recreational facilities throughout the territory announced the Office of Disaster Recovery and the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority.
DSPR Awarded $2.6M to Retrofit the St. John Community Center
The Office of Disaster Recovery announces the award of $2.6M to the Virgin Islands Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation for the retrofit of the Community Center on St. John. The dual-phased project funded by FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program will include the reconstruction of the DSPR community center and the adjacent building into one 14,232 square foot, two-story structure off Fish Fry Drive.
Have you considered a career change, moving back to the territory, or are you a recent college graduate looking for a new and challenging first job. Well, maybe the Office of Disaster Recovery or its partners in the recovery can help.
DPNR Announces Start of Fisheries Hurricane Disaster Relief Program
Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources informs all members of the Virgin Islands fishing community affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria that the Hurricane Disaster Relief Assistance Program will begin accepting and reviewing direct relief applications on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Within the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority serves as the center of coordination for the anticipated $8 billion of federal funding over the next few years to support recovery efforts from the 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria.