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Public Housing Redevelopment in New Orleans: Festive paper lanterns decorate Columbia Parc at the Bayou District, the former St. Bernard housing project redeveloped by the Housing Authority of New Orleans. This disaster recovery project was made possible with $27 million in CDBG funding from the Louisiana Office of Community Development, which was piggybacked onto more than $65 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits.

The Disaster Recovery Unit within the Division of Administration's Office of Community Development is dedicated to helping Louisiana's residents recover from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, Isaac and the Great Floods of 2016. As the state's central point for disaster recovery, OCD-DRU manages the most extensive rebuilding efforts in American history, working closely with local, state and federal partners to ensure that Louisiana's recovery is safer, stronger and smarter than before. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has appropriated Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funds to Louisiana for recovery from the 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2016 storms:

  • $13.4 billion for recovery from hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005;
  • $1.09 billion for recovery from hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008;
  • $66.4 million for recovery from Hurricane Isaac in 2012;
  • $92.6 million from HUD's National Disaster Resilience Competition in 2016;
  • $1.7 billion for recovery from the Great Floods of 2016; and
  • $1.2 billion for mitigation recovery from a Presidentially declared disaster since 2015 (Bipartisan Budget Act 2018).

In addition, please visit the following websites, which highlight three of the state's CDBG-DR recovery programs:


9/18/2018Application Deadline Approaching for Restore LA Homeowner Assistance Program
9/11/2018Gov. Edwards Awards More Than $41 Million to Coastal Parishes for LA SAFE Flood-Resilience Projects
8/16/2018Restore Louisiana Program Announces Deadline for Completing Program Application
8/15/2018Gov. Edwards Announces Launch of Louisiana Watershed Initiative
8/12/2018Gov. Edwards Releases Statement on Two-Year Flood Anniversary
7/30/2018Gov. Edwards Thanks HUD for Approving 100 Percent Reimbursement Increase to Flood-Impacted Homeowners
7/18/2018State Accepting Public Comments on Plan to Reallocate Disaster Recovery Funding in Katrina-Rita Housing Programs via APAs 26, 68
7/17/2018The Restore Louisiana Survey Deadline is This Friday, July 20th

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