MOORE - Federal and state officials met once again at Moore City Hall Friday, but this time under very different circumstances than the first time they gathered on May 20.
Governor Mary Fallin announced a $37 million grant provided by HUD's Community Development Block Grant Program. The money will support long-term disaster recovery efforts in areas that need it the most.
"We have many families who are struggling to get back on their feet." Governor Fallin said. "The disaster relief grants that are being provided by HUD, which we're very grateful for, will go a long way to help many who either can`t afford to be restored back to where they were and will also go a long way to help our state and local governments."
The city of Moore will receive $26.3 million to help rebuild from May's tornadoes.
The state of Oklahoma will receive $10.6 million to help surrounding communities.
The funding will be particularly helpful for those who did not have insurance or enough coverage.
"This money is for you as a community to determine what your needs are. It is for you to create a vision for your future and for the future of Moore." HUD Regional Administrator Tammye H. Trevino said.
Mayor Glenn Lewis formed a committee of citizens actively involved in the Moore community. They will be meeting to determine how to best use the money to rebuild.
The State Department of Commerce will similarly work with other communities.