On June 14, 2014, President Obama announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition, in which states that experienced a presidentially declared major disaster in 2011, 2012 or 2013 could compete for nearly $1 billion in federal funding to help communities rebuild and increase their resilience.
Louisiana was one of the states eligible to compete for $820 million of $1 billion, which was available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funds drawn from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013.
On Sept. 17, 2014, HUD officially launched the competition, which promoted risk assessment and planning, and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events. All successful applicants needed to tie their proposals to the eligible disaster(s) from which they are recovering.
July 5, 2017: OCD-DRU Releases Request for Proposals
The Louisiana Division of Administration, Office of Community Development, Disaster Recovery Unit issued a Request for Proposals, soliciting responses from entities interested in providing Community Master Planning and Program Development Services for the Resettlement of the Isle de Jean Charles Community in Terrebonne Parish, LA. The services are for current federally-funded programs and, potentially, for other similar programs yet to be defined, including programs occurring as a result of past and future disasters. These programs are described in Action Plans and their amendments which were or will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and which may be viewed online at http://isledejeancharles.la.gov/ and http://isledejeancharles.la.gov/sites/default/files/public/IDJC-Final-Report-Update.pdf.
Copies of the RFP are available online at: https://wwwcfprd.doa.louisiana.gov/osp/lapac/pubMain.cfm. To be considered, written questions must be received by July 14, 2017 at 4:00 PM CDT and sent by e-mail to: OCD.Proposals@la.gov; Attention: Mathew D. Sanders, IDJC Community Master Planning RFP Coordinator. Answers to written questions will be available on July 21, 2017 and will be posted to the LaPAC website, https://wwwcfprd.doa.louisiana.gov/osp/lapac/pubMain.cfm. Proposals must be received in hard copy (printed) form on or before 3:00 PM CDT on August 7, 2017. Please allow sufficient delivery time to ensure receipt of your proposal by the time specified. Physical address: 617 N. Third St., LaSalle Building, 6th Floor; Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
NOTE: The State of Louisiana reserves the right to amend and/or change this schedule of RFP activities as it deems necessary.
Jan. 25, 2016: OCD-DRU Wins NDRC Award (View the news release here)
HUD named 13 winning entities in the National Disaster Resilience Competition, including the State of Louisiana, which was awarded $92.6 million for the Resettlement of the Isle de Jean Charles community and implementation of the LA SAFE policy framework.
Oct. 27, 2015: Phase II Application
June 22, 2015: Acceptance into Phase II
HUD accepted the Phase I application, and the State of Louisiana was invited to compete in the second and final phase of the competition. Additionally, the applications for St. Tammany and Jefferson parishes and the City of New Orleans also were accepted.
In Phase I, the state expressed remaining needs from Hurricane Isaac, stakeholder interests, community development objectives and investment alternatives. The Phase II application defines suggested approaches to meet the needs and objectives identified in Phase I.
The Phase II application deadline was Oct. 27, 2015.
March 30, 2015: Phase I Application
The State of Louisiana's Phase I Application for the NDRC was submitted to HUD Thursday, March 26. You can view the complete application here:
March 18, 2015: Statewide Engagement Meeting
Thank you to the citizens and partners who participated in the meeting held March 18 at the Lafourche Parish Council Chambers in Mathews.
(left): Mathew Sanders, OCD-DRU policy advisor, explains the competition at the Statewide Engagement Meeting. (right): Meeting participants place dots on maps of the most impacted and distressed areas to reflect their primary areas of concern, such as economic development and housing.
March 6, 2015: Phase I Application - Public Comment Period and Statewide Engagement Meeting
Louisiana's Phase I Application will be available for public comment beginning Friday, March 6 and ending at 5 p.m. (CST) Friday, March 20.
Phase I Application
Submit comments to OCD-DRU by: emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org; mailing them to Disaster Recovery Unit, P.O. Box 94095, Baton Rouge, LA, 70804-9095, ATTN: Janice Lovett; or faxing them to the attention of Janice Lovett at (225) 219-9605.
Additionally, OCD-DRU is holding a Statewide Engagement Meeting to hear from citizens their thoughts about the needs of the designated parishes (Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist and Terrebonne).
Statewide Engagement Meeting
Mathews Council Chambers
4876 Highway 1
Wednesday, March 18
3:30 - 5 p.m.