Disaster aid issue still not resolved
Posted on 11/23/2018 12:23:00 PM.
Thousands of 2016 Louisiana flood victims continue to wait for President Donald Trump to sign a waiver so they can be eligible for disaster aid. Flooded homeowners who took out Small Business Administration disaster loans remain ineligible for grant dollars, because of the federal government's duplication of benefits policy.
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July 20th deadline set to complete survey for homeowner assistance from the 2016 floods
Posted on 5/28/2018 9:46:00 AM.
If your home was damaged in the 2016 floods, there's a July 20th deadline to complete a survey that starts the process for aid through the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program. 
Homeowners can complete the survey at restore.la.gov or call 1-866-735-2001 during normal business hours. Housing Assistance Centers are also open in Lafayette, Hammond, Monroe and Baton Rouge. 
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Flood victims encouraged to fill out application for aid; next step in two-part process
Posted on 12/26/2017 3:31:00 AM.
The state Office of Community Development says they are now encouraging flood victims who have already filled out the Restore Louisiana survey to complete a formal application for aid. OCD Executive Director Pat Forbes says they've received about 46,300 surveys.
Restore Louisiana, Pat Forbes, flood victims, homeowner assistance

Gov Edwards pushes for changes to disaster grant program
Posted on 9/6/2017 12:30:00 PM.

In the wake of devastating storms with more on the way, Governor John Bel Edwards hopes to change the way disaster grants are awarded to impacted homeowners. Richard Carbo with the governor’s office says SBA loans are the only funding available immediately after a disaster, but they may not be the best option.

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Small business owners slow to complete flood recovery survey
Posted on 8/7/2017 2:26:00 PM.

Small business owners impacted by the 2016 floods are not completing the flood recovery survey as quickly as state officials had hoped. Economic Development Manager Lasonta Davenport with the Office of Community Development says they’re asking small business owners to complete the survey so they can assess the needs in the state.

Lasonta Davenport, Restore Louisiana, small businesses, flood recovery

Baton Rouge flood victim pleased with homeowner assistance program
Posted on 8/1/2017 11:10:00 AM.

Nearly one year after flood waters ravaged south Louisiana, one flood victim is getting ready to go home. Lillie Gumm of Baton Rouge was one of the first people to complete the flood recovery survey. Her home will be the third to be completed through the state’s homeowner assistance program, which she says turned out to be even better than she expected.

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Flood victims finally receive federal aid
Posted on 6/2/2017 5:43:00 AM.

It’s been over nine months since the flood waters rose across south Louisiana, and federal flood recovery dollars appropriated by Congress are finally getting into the hands of flood victims. Nick Speyrer with the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program says Governor Edwards passed out the first handful of reimbursement checks to those who already completed their rebuilding.

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