WV Flood Recovery Program Update

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An official with West Virginia’s National Guard says the state’s troubled disaster recovery program has completed construction on 17 homes.

State Adjutant General Maj. Gen. James Hoyer tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail that another home is expected to be completed this week. The progress comes nearly two months into the Guard’s stewardship of the $150 million program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Department of Commerce controlled the program until Gov. Jim Justice placed it under the Guard’s care.

The program, meant to help residents recover from the deadly 2016 floods, has been stymied by reports of issues including questionable fund usage. Hoyer said one major change is that RISE can now work with the state Housing Development Fund to assist with family relocation.