MEMA Getting $37 Mil From FEMA

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BOSTON (State House News Service— Grant administration can be costly, which makes a federal reimbursement announced Tuesday all the more significant.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced it will be sending almost $37 million to Massachusetts to reimburse it for some of the administrative costs associated with managing FEMA grants for COVID vaccinations and testing, non-congregate sheltering, and providing meals to vulnerable populations.

Former Rep. Lori Ehrlich announced the funding that the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency will receive through FEMA's Public Assistance grant program.

"FEMA is pleased to be able to assist Massachusetts with these costs,” Erhlich, FEMA's Region 1 Regional Administrator, said. "Reimbursing state, county, and municipal governments – as well as eligible non-profits and tribal entities – for the costs incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic is an important part of our nation’s ongoing recovery."

FEMA said it has provided more than $2.5 billion in public assistance grants to Massachusetts to reimburse the state for pandemic-related expenses.

Written by Michael P. Norton/SHNS

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