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Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: 10 Years Later

​In the nearly 10 years since hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated Louisiana, the Office of Community Development - Disaster Recovery Unit, in partnership with local governments, businesses, and non-profits, has invested $11.5 billion in restoring housing and affordable rental units across the state, more than $1.39 billion in rebuilding and improving the state’s infrastructure, and over $300 million in job creation and economic development initiatives, all in support of the state's continued recovery. The recovery funding is Community Development Block Grant funds allocated to Louisiana through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

View our Louisiana Recovery Highlights 

Some of the recovery highlights include:

  • Through the Road Home Program, $9 billion was disbursed to 130,039 homeowners ;

  • 4,510 Small Rental applicants have received $433.9 million creating 8,870 rental units - 7,605 of which provide affordable rents to citizens of low to moderate income.

  • Through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit “Piggyback” Program, 59 multi-family developments have been built in 9 parishes creating 7,475 rental units, 4,420 of which offer affordable rental rates.

  • 1,861 individuals received more than $71 million to purchase their first home.

  • Through a constellation of infrastructure rebuilding programs, 314 infrastructure projects have been funded including the replacement or reconstruction of

    • 87 - preK-12 schools

    • 11 - higher education facilities

    • 13 - hospitals or health centers

    • 8 - libraries

    • 10 - public facilities

    • 20 - ​​parks and recreational facilities

    • 52 - water/sewer improvements

    • 42 - street and road improvements

  • Provided more than 21,000 unique technical assistance services to nearly 7,000 businesses
  • Through the Business Recovery Grant and Loan Program, 3,482 grants and 1,044 loans were funded through nine community-based nonprofit organizations. This provided immediate financial relief to small businesses in the most impacted areas of the state, particularly those that experienced a decrease in revenue after the storms.

  • Supported the tourism industry and the enhancement of research facilities in universities and colleges

    View ourRecovery Snapshots by Program

    Links to other Anniversary Sites:

    City of New Orleans

    Parishes hosting Commemoration Events:

    St. Bernard Parish has a series of events, including a Day of Service Thursday, Aug. 20, Recovery Tours Aug. 24-27, a Prayer Breakfast Aug. 28 and a Memorial Service Saturday, Aug. 29, 9 a.m. at the Katrina Memorial at Shell Beach

    St. Tammany Parish and the City of Slidell
    Plus 10 - A Decade of Resilience
    Saturday, Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m.
    Slidell Municipal Auditorium

    Cameron Parish Police Jury
    Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Rita
    Thursday, Sept. 24