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).
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 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