The Restore Louisiana Task Force met on Friday, March 31 in Shreveport. Members heard from officials in Bossier and Caddo parishes on widespread damage that occurred in northwest Louisiana during the March 2016 flood.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development gave final approval late Friday on the state’s action plan for distributing a $1.2 billion congressional appropriation for residents impacted by both of last year’s floods. HUD also sent the grant agreement for $1.6 billion in total recovery funding.
“This is very good news for the state’s flood-impacted families,” says Pat Forbes, executive director of the Office of Community Development. “Once the grant agreement is reviewed and signed, HUD will set up a line of credit. The money could be available within the next several days.”
During the task force meeting in Shreveport, Forbes and members of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration provided updates regarding the homeowner assistance program. The Office of Community Development is making final preparations to open the program next month. The first step is a brief survey that helps determine when homeowners advance to the formal application process.
Residents are encouraged to sign up for email updates through restore.la.gov. This is the quickest way to find out when the survey becomes available. The website has added a printable flier that can be downloaded. It provides a brief overview of the survey and the homeowner assistance program process.
In addition, the administration has secured extension of a crucial deadline for flood-impacted homeowners related to work that homeowners complete before they apply to the program. With the extension, the program will consider reimbursement for eligible pre-application repair work that takes place through Sept. 8, 2017.
Gov. Edwards’ administration is also continuing working with members of Congress and the federal government to secure at least $2 billion more for a sustainable recovery.
Last modified: March 31, 2017