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In correspondence with the Senate Appropriation’s Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) relayed the Governors’ collective desire to reassess the structure and allocation of federal disaster funding. The letter of December 26, signed by WGA Executive Director Jack Waldorf, specifically noted that the lack of speed, certainty, and consistency in the allocation of federal disaster funding, such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds, hinder coordinated recovery efforts and effective utilization of public funds. “The program is not well suited to support the immediate needs of wildfire recovery,” the letter read. “For CDBG-DR, HUD allocations should consider infrastructure needs and include additional resources to support rebuilding costs in the West.” The letter also noted that “disasters could be avoided or minimized if adequate resources were directed to pre-disaster mitigation efforts.” Read the full correspondence for additional details.