Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson met with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló at HUD Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to discuss the status of Puerto Rico’s rebuilding efforts following the 2017 hurricanes.
During the 30-minute meeting, Carson
was joined by Acting Deputy Secretary Brian Montgomery, who oversees the disaster
recovery program at HUD, and Acting Assistant Secretary for Community Planning
and Development David Woll. Rosselló was joined by Puerto Rico’s Housing
Secretary, Fernando Gil.
During the meeting, Carson reaffirmed
HUD’s commitment to helping rebuild a stronger and more resilient Puerto Rico.
Meanwhile, Rosselló “pledged
his commitment to transparency and offered his assurance that the Commonwealth
would maintain the proper financial controls for the Community Development
Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) dollars that HUD has allocated to the island,”
officials said in a statement.
“Carson and Rosselló look
forward to continuing an open and regular dialogue about rebuilding efforts as
Puerto Rico prepares to use its initial $1.5 billion in disaster recovery
funding,” government officials said.