Louisiana’s Office of Community Development says it has received more than 46,300 survey submissions from flood-impacted homeowners and has invited all who qualify for assistance to complete a formal application.
The achievement represents an important milestone. The survey was opened to homeowners in April 2017. Of the 46,300 responses submitted, the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program has extended application invitations to more than 37,820 homeowners.
Restore Louisiana uses a two-part process to prevent homeowners from being forced to stop repairs on their home in order to satisfy federal environmental regulations. Responses to an initial survey of damage determines whether homeowners will be invited to formally apply for an award through Restore Louisiana.
The initial survey is still available to flood-affected homeowners who have not responded. It’s available online at restore.la.gov or by phone from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays at (866) 735‐2001.
OCD Executive Director Pat Forbes emphasized the need for invited homeowners to complete the Restore Louisiana application before they can receive benefits.
“Completing the application is crucial. It’s how we confirm that homeowners are eligible for the Restore Louisiana program and how we determine the award amount,” Forbes says. “We can’t help homeowners unless they submit their application.”
The homeowner assistance program so far has offered grant awards totaling $122 million to 4,200 homeowners.
In January, Restore Louisiana begins a series of outreach events for homeowners. The events are scheduled in flood-impacted communities across the state to help homeowners complete their applications. Program representatives will be available to answer questions, provide information and work directly with homeowners on a first-come, first-served basis.
Construction technical advisors will also be present at each event to explain program options for repairs and reconstruction. A list of material that may be required for an application is available on the Restore Louisiana website at http://bit.ly/2hTC6G5.
In addition to these outreach events, housing assistance centers in Lafayette, Hammond, Monroe and Baton Rouge are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Program representatives are available to help homeowners complete surveys and applications, connect with a case manager and provide an overview of options for repairs, reconstruction or reimbursement.
(This statement has been corrected from an earlier version that gave the wrong date for the start of the Restore Louisiana initial survey. We apologize for the error.)
Last modified: December 22, 2017