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Blue Plate Artist Lofts: Blue Plate Artist Lofts is a mixed-income, rental housing development that provides living and studio space for artists in one of New Orleans’ most historic buildings—the former Blue Plate Mayonnaise factory. This disaster recovery project was made possible with $9 million in CDBG funding from the Louisiana Office of Community Development,

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 four of the state's CDBG-DR recovery programs:


2/27/2019State Accepting Public Comments on Great Floods Action Plan Amendment 11
2/15/2019Restore La. Task Force Approves Reallocation of Recovery Funding, Sets Deadline for Buyout Program
2/11/2019Restore La. Task Force Meets Feb. 15 In Baton Rouge
1/9/2019State Buys Land For IDJC Resettlement
12/3/2018Office of Community Development Launches Restore La. Buyout and Resilient Housing Incentive Program
11/27/2018Gov. Edwards Requests Update from White House on DOB Fix
11/7/2018Council on Watershed Management Meets Nov. 8
10/25/2018Restore La. Lafayette and Monroe Housing Assistance Centers to Scale Back Hours

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