Another denial of federal funding for Flint residents is disappointing

LANSING, MI – Gov. Rick Snyder today released a letter detailing federal denial of a request that could have brought more federal funding and much-needed resources to help the people of Flint.Rick Snyder

“It is disappointing that the federal government has rejected yet another request for funding to help Flint residents with the city’s recovery from the water crisis, including needs both now and in the future,” Snyder said. “This denial is especially frustrating as it would have provided aid to individual households in Flint.

“The Flint water crisis is the result of failures at all levels of government and the success of the response and recovery absolutely requires a continued effort from local, state, and federal partners.”

In the March 3 letter to the Federal Management Emergency Agency, Snyder specifically requested funding from the Category B program for emergency protective measures and the Individuals and Households Program. To date, the state has delivered nearly $70 million in state funding to Flint for immediate clean water resources and ongoing follow-up work.

Timeline of Flint emergency funding requests and denials:

Dec. 14, 2015 – City of Flint declares local state of emergency

Jan. 4, 2016 – Genesee County declares local state of emergency

Jan. 5, 2016 – Gov. Snyder declares state of emergency

Jan. 12, 2016 – Gov. Snyder requests and receives non-Stafford Act support from FEMA.

Jan. 14, 2016 – Gov. Snyder requests federal declaration of emergency and major disaster declaration

Jan. 16, 2016 – President Obama approves federal emergency declaration; denies major disaster declaration

Jan. 20, 2016 – Gov. Snyder appeals denial of a federal major disaster declaration

Jan. 22, 2016 – President Obama denies appeal of denial of disaster declaration

Jan. 26, 2016 – Gov. Snyder begins process of requesting federal Medicaid waiver to expand health care for Flint residents

Jan. 27, 2016 – Gov. Snyder asks federal government for waiver to expand nutrition assistance to children in Flint ages 5 to 10 years of age

Jan. 29, 2016 – Federal agency denies nutrition waiver

March 3, 2016 – U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services approves Medicaid waiver

March 3, 2016 – Gov. Snyder asks FEMA to reconsider funding for emergency protective measures and Individuals and Households Program

March 15, 2016 – FEMA denies funding for emergency protective measures and Individuals and Households Program.

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