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Department of Planning and Zoning
Recovery Assistance and Mitigation Planning
This Tuesday is the Deadline
for applying for Restore LA funding.
August 1, 2023
Homeowners need to fill out the survey now for funding to Repair or Replace or Refunds for Homes Damaged in Hurricane IDA
August 1, Tuesday, is the last day for applicants to do the survey to access these funds. The program can build houses, replace trailers, pay for the elevation of those structures and elevators for newly elevated structures, pay for repairs or refund money expended on repairs already. The eligibility requirements have a lower FEMA funding requirement and higher insurance allowance than before. Pat Forbes from the Office of Community Development said that 60,000 people across the state are eligible, but haven’t applied. Over 6,500 people are eligible in Terrebonne that hadn’t applied as of last month. Anyone who previously thought that they didn’t meet the requirements would benefit from filling out the survey online or over the phone with state staff. See the announcement from the Governor below. Eligibility requirements allow for less FEMA damages reported and more insurance coverage, so more people can qualify for a new home or repair assistance. Remember as well that even if people already repaired with their own funds, they may be able to get reimbursed. The deadline for applying is August 1, 2023. Tuesday.
The brief program survey can be completed online at restore.la.gov using a smartphone, tablet or computer any time day or night, or by calling the program call center at 866.735.2001, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please push this through all social networks, your churches, associations, etc. to make sure your Parish is served. After the 1st, there will be no way to access these funds.
BATON ROUGE, La. – Gov. John Bel Edwards announced today that the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program is expanding the criteria for homeowners to qualify for assistance, lowering the FEMA-determined damage threshold from $5,000 to $3,000 and raising the allowable maximum of insurance received from $25,000 to $50,000. This update will allow the program to potentially serve more homeowners across the state affected by 2020-2021 disaster events.
“I’m thrilled that this expansion will open up the program to thousands of additional Louisiana homeowners in need of critical recovery assistance,” said Gov. Edwards. “We know how important this grant funding is to homeowners who have been severely impacted by 2020-21 disasters, and I’m urging homeowners to complete the survey and participate in the program.”
The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program is a federally funded, state-administered recovery program providing grant assistance to homeowners across the state impacted by Hurricanes Laura, Delta and Ida and the May 2021 Severe Storms for home repair or reconstruction. The program offers various types of assistance, including licensed contractors to manage repairs and reconstruction, homeowner-managed construction, reimbursement for repairs already completed and manufactured home unit repair and/or replacement.
The brief program survey can be completed online at restore.la.gov using a smartphone, tablet or computer, or by calling the program call center at 866.735.2001, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The program also offers in-person assistance with completing the program survey and application at mobile locations throughout disaster-impacted areas. For a full schedule of events and locations, see restore.la.gov/events.
The program is currently phasing homeowners for assistance who meet the following criteria:
Rejected before? Reach out today to see if it has changed.
Deadline for applying is August 1, 2023
The program is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Louisiana Office of Community Development. Louisiana’s total allocation is $3.1 billion for all eligible 2020-2021 disaster events. Since its launch in February 2022, the program has offered more than $208 million in grant awards to over 2,590 homeowners affected by 2020-21 disaster events.
As this is a federally funded program, the state must abide by federal timelines for funds to be allocated and spent. The program will announce deadlines as they approach, per federal guidelines. For more information about the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program, visit restore.la.gov.
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