Show Me the Money, Axne Seeks Answers from 8 Federal Agencies on Disaster Funding

November 2, 2019
Press Release
Despite additional funding money given by Congress in June, Iowans haven’t seen much of it

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) sent letters to eight different Federal agencies, requesting detailed information about where Congressionally allocated disaster relief funding has been spent, and how much has gone to Iowa. She requested each agency outline how to apply for their disaster funding in their response letters, which she’ll make public so Iowans impacted by 2019 flooding can apply for these funds.

“I have heard from many constituents in flood-affected areas who have yet to receive assistance,” Rep. Axne wrote in her letter. “While Congress has ensured the funding is now available, communities and individuals don’t have the guidance and assistance to know where and when to apply for disaster relief.”

In May, the House passed H.R. 2157 – Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 – which Rep. Axne successfully amended to increase funding for programs vital to Iowa. President Trump signed that bill into effect on June 7th, effectively making funds available for disaster recovery programs available that day. 

The letters were sent to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Small Business Administration, Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Transportation, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Commerce, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Each Agency has specific programs and grants for disaster impacted areas that they offer to state, local, or county level governments, as well as to directly to businesses, homeowners, farmers, and other impacted individuals. Additionally, these agencies help with flood cleanup, mitigation, and repairs.

“How is someone in the middle of a crisis supposed to know how to navigate this process? There’s no good information about how to apply for the funding Iowans deserve and Congress said they should get,” Rep. Axne said. “I’m working to get answers and make this process easier. USDA has done a good job with their disaster programs and communication and I’m holding all the other agencies up to USDA’s standard of assistance.”

If anyone is having trouble with receiving grant, loan, or other disaster relief funding, Rep. Axne encourages you call her office for assistance at (515)-400-8180 or visit https://axne.house.gov/services/flood-assistance to submit a request.