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Gov. Mapp Signs Off On $243 Million Grant From Housing and Urban Development

WASHINGTON — Governor Kenneth Mapp and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Secretary Pamela Hughes Patenaude announced the formal execution of a $243 million grant to help Virgin Islanders recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria today.

The signing of this agreement now paves the way to speed recovery dollars needed to restore damaged and destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure.

This includes the $33 million Governor Mapp secured in economic development funding to upgrade our marine ports and to provide training in the construction trades “so more Virgin Islanders can participate in the territory’s rebuild.”

Mapp, who said he also met with U.S. Energy Department Secretary Rick Perry and other officials while in Washington, returns to the territory on Friday.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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