OCD-DRU has allocated $1,731,807 to create this program to address housing needs in parishes that did not receive separate disaster recovery CDBG funding.
The funds will assist low- to moderate-income homeowners who have a gap in financing their repairs due to limited resources and who are living in homes that are in a substandard condition and/or are in violation of code enforcements. The program will be implemented only in those parishes impacted by Hurricane Isaac that did not receive disaster recovery CDBG funds. Eligible parishes include:
|East Baton Rouge||St. Bernard||Terrebonne|
|East Feliciana||St. Charles||Washington|
|Iberville||St. Helena||West Baton Rouge|
|Lafourche||St. James||West Feliciana|
Hazard Mitigation Assistance Cost-Share for LMI HouseholdsFEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds provided to parishes, then distributed to individuals, also have a 25 percent cost-share, but it is the individual who is responsible for payment. The state allocated $2,714,277 to assist low-to-moderate income residents who qualify for HMGP funds but cannot afford to pay the cost-share. The parishes identified with Isaac-funded HMGP elevation programs and their initial allocations are as follows:
Parish Recovery ProjectsOf the additional impacted parishes, the five with the most damage per household will receive a total of $1.1 million for Isaac-related recovery projects that are in line with parish priorities. The activities can include, but are not limited to, cost-share for PA-eligible projects or HMGP cost-share for drainage projects or marine debris removal. Proposed distribution by parish, based on damages, is as follows:
- Livingston, $300,000;
- Tangipahoa, $300,000;
- Washington, $200,000;
- St. Bernard, $150,000; and
- St. James, $150,000.
FEMA Cost-ShareIn response to the heavy rain, flooding and power outages associated with Hurricane Isaac, the state provided emergency protective measures necessary to reduce both the immediate threat to life, public health and safety, and also the threat of significant damage to improved public and private property. Additionally, due to the lingering effects of the storm, some citizens were unable to return to their homes for an extended period of time, creating an extended need for sheltering assistance.Based on the level of damage caused by Hurricane Isaac to Louisiana, FEMA reimburses the state for up to 75 percent of the costs associated with emergency expenses, debris removal and infrastructure repair. The sum of FEMA Public Assistance and Transitional Sheltering Assistance provided in response to the storm currently exceeds $466 million, thus making the state responsible for $116.6 million.This cost, combined with the expenses from responding to hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike and declining revenues in an ongoing national recession, make the burden of this cost share unsustainable. Therefore, the state obligated $5.9 million to cover a portion of the 25 percent cost-share associated with federal funds provided to state agencies in response to Hurricane Isaac.