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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 13, 1994
                         ASSISTANCE IN GEORGIA

     The President today reduced Georgia's share of the cost for

repairing flood-damaged public property by authorizing an increase in the federal government's part of the cost-shared program.

"I am pleased that we can provide additional assistance to the people of Georgia in their efforts to rebuild their communities," the President said. "I look forward to working in cooperation with them in the recovery."

Public property repairs are by law normally cost- shared with the federal government paying at least 75 percent of the eligible expenses and the state and affected local governments providing the remaining 26 percent. Under the President's order, the federal share is now increased to 90 percent and the state and local contribution reduced to 10 percent.

The cost share adjustment is retroactive to the date of the President's major disaster declaration for Georgia, July 7, 1994, and applies only to public infrastructure. Similar adjustments for the Federal Management Agency's (FEMA) Individual and Family Grant Program are prohibited by law. These funds will continue to be reimbursed at 75 percent of total eligible costs.

FEMA's housing, unemployment and crisis counselling assistance programs are funded at 100 percent.