Public invited to give input on hurricane recovery action plan

Published 3:04 pm Tuesday, June 28, 2022

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LAPLACE — On Wednesday, June 29, the Louisiana Office of Community Development will host a public hearing in Reserve (St. John Parish) to inform residents affected by Hurricane Ida about the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance program, share what resources are available, and provide next steps for how to begin the process toward receiving assistance.

The public hearing will take place at 6 p.m. at REGALA Gym, located at 200 REGALA Park Rd. in Reserve.

The state was recently allocated $1.27 billion in federal funding for Hurricane Ida recovery efforts, which has been incorporated into the state’s action plan for hurricane recovery as an amendment. The allocated funding for Hurricane Ida combined with the allocated funding for hurricanes Laura and Delta brings the total funding available for recovery from these storms to more than $2.25 billion for Louisiana.

As part of OCD’s outreach efforts, public hearings are taking place during the next two weeks in heavily impacted areas to collect public comment on the action plan amendment and to provide information about program resources to those in need. The public comment period is an opportunity for the state to ensure that long-awaited recovery programs align with community needs, and officials look forward to engaging with residents across the state and informing them that help is on the way.

Additionally, homeowners affected by hurricanes Laura and Delta are encouraged to take the program survey at Completing the survey is the critical first step for residents to receive assistance.