US Department of Housing and Urban Development Sec. Ben Carson (right) and Deputy Secretary Patenaude (center) held a media conference call on Friday with Florida Gov.  Rick Scott to announce HUD’s approval of Florida’s $616-million Disaster Recovery Plan. US Department of Housing and Urban Development Sec. Ben Carson (right) and Deputy Secretary Patenaude (center) held a media conference call on Friday with Florida Gov. Rick Scott to announce HUD’s approval of Florida’s $616-million Disaster Recovery Plan.

TALLAHASSEE, FL—US Department of Housing and Urban Development officials announced on Friday the agency approved the state’s disaster recovery plan from Hurricane Irma that will free up $616 million in HUD Community Development Block Grant funding to Florida.