State officials seek comment on hurricane relief spending

State officials are asking for the public’s input on how the $600 million in hurricane recovery funds will be spent.

The Louisiana Community Development Office is accepting public input on an action plan to spend $600 million in federal funding for Hurricane Laura and Delta recovery under the Supplementary Appropriations Act of 2022 disaster relief. The 30-day public comment period begins today and ends Thursday, April 14 at 5 p.m.

“In 2020, five named storms made landfall in Louisiana, breaking our record for most strikes in a single season,” said OCD executive director Pat Forbes. “Recently, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated $600 million in Community Development Disaster Recovery Grants to help us recover from two of these storms, Laura and Delta.

“Storms are becoming more frequent and intense, and our most vulnerable citizens are being hit the hardest by them,” Forbes said. “The programs in this plan aim to build long-term resilience and ensure fairness in our recovery.”

To view the plan in English, Spanish, or Vietnamese and submit comments, click here [].

To gather feedback on the proposed course of action, the state is holding a series of town hall meetings in affected areas across the state. To find out more about the schedule for public hearings and how to file public comments, click here [].

After incorporating public comments, the state will submit the plan to HUD for final approval. Once HUD approves the plan, the state can access federal funds and begin the next phase of Louisiana’s restoration programs, such as:
Currently, HUD has only allocated funds to Louisiana for hurricanes Laura and Delta. Governor Edwards continues to work with the Louisiana congressional delegation to secure additional funding for these and other disasters that affected the state in 2020 and 2021.

To learn more about Restore Louisiana and to sign up for program updates, visit [].

  • the Louisiana Restoration Homeowner Assistance Program to address the rehabilitation of owner-occupied households, with a focus on the most vulnerable populations;
  • affordable rental and homelessness prevention programs to repair and increase inventory of affordable rental housing for affected tenants and provide rental assistance and support services to households displaced by the disaster and at risk of becoming homeless shelter ;
  • economic recovery and revitalization programs that provide loans, grants and technical assistance to small businesses;
  • cost-shared non-federal and infrastructure assistance programs; and
  • mitigation investments that improve resilience.

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