The Restore Louisiana Task Force meets at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 9 in House Committee Room 1 at the state Capitol. The meeting will be available online at restore.la.gov.
Task force members will be briefed on the recent $51 million congressional allocation for 2016 flood relief, including discussion of how to allocate those funds to flood- impacted areas statewide. In addition, updates will be presented on the Restore Homeowner Assistance Program, the Landlord and Rental-Home Program, and the Small Business Assistance Program.
Last week, homeowners in Phase 1 of the homeowner assistance program were invited to start the application process. Meanwhile, a few construction grants were finalized and reimbursement checks were distributed to some families who have completed rebuilding their homes.
Homeowners were able to work on their applications with case managers at housing assistance centers that are open in Baton Rouge and Monroe. Two more centers are expected to open soon in Lafayette and Hammond.
A timeline for inviting homeowners in the remaining five phases of the program to fill out an application will be determined as Phase I progresses.
Homeowners who experienced damage from either the March or August 2016 flood are urged to complete the survey, regardless of whether they believe they will qualify for assistance. The survey is a required first-step of the homeowner assistance program and helps determine qualified homeowners’ phase.
The survey also provides valuable information about the state’s ongoing recovery needs and helps the state demonstrate additional needs to Congress ensuring that homeowners are considered for assistance, either now or when additional funds may become available.
Last modified: June 6, 2017