20,000 flood victims did not seek recovery aid
Posted on 8/14/2018 4:41:00 AM.

20,000 homeowners who suffered major flood damage in 2016 did not complete a short survey to see if they were eligible for the 1.3 billion dollars in federal recovery aid. Anyone who suffered one foot of flooding or at least 8,000 dollars’ worth of damage was eligible to potentially receive RESTORE grants.

Division of Administration Executive Director Pat Forbes says that’s despite a substantial media blitz and…
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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.
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Restore Louisiana awards $92 million in to homeowners affected by 2016 floods
Posted on 11/22/2017 5:03:00 AM.

The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program has offered grant awards for nearly 3,100 homeowners affected by the floods in 2016, totaling nearly $92-million.

Office of Community Development Executive Director Pat Forbes says these funds are helping people rebuild their homes and many of the homeowners are reimbursed for work already done.
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State officials go door to door to promote flood recovery survey
Posted on 7/17/2017 2:53:00 AM.

State officials are ramping up efforts to boost participation in the flood recovery survey. Pat Forbes with the Office of Community Development says they started with emails and phone calls and moved on to PSA’s and billboards. He says now they’re taking the survey to the ground level and going door to door.

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Restore Louisiana Task Force meets Friday to discuss further plans for federal flood money
Posted on 1/6/2017 1:05:00 AM.
The Restore Louisiana Task Force meets today to discuss plans to spend federal flood relief dollars. In the weeks after the August flood, the state secured 438-million and then another 1.2 billion was appropriated in December.
Pat Forbes, executive director of the State Office of Community Development, says today they'll hear the final changes to the plan for the $438 million and it will go to the state's most vulnerable population.
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Public meetings scheduled to update flood victims on recovery process
Posted on 12/13/2016 10:32:00 AM.

Public meetings are being held in flood impacted areas of the state to update flood victims on the ongoing recovery efforts. Executive Director for the Office of Community Development, Pat Forbes says the task force wanted to make sure that everybody had a chance to weigh on how dollars will be distributed.


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State Office of Community Development eager to get federal flood dollars in the hands of victims
Posted on 9/30/2016 10:59:00 AM.

President Obama has signed the bill that provides $500 million in federal disaster aid. Executive Director of the state Office of Community Development Pat Forbes says Louisiana is expected to get a little over $400 million of that assistance to help with flood recovery. He says the most urgent need is to help homeowners without flood insurance.

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Louisiana has yet to spend over a billion dollars in federal hurricane recovery dollars
Posted on 1/3/2014 7:37:00 AM.
Louisiana still has 1.5 dollars in unspent federal hurricane recovery grant money left over from hurricanes in 2005 and 2008. Pat Forbes is the head of the state office of community development's disaster recovery unit. Forbes says they know how they'll spend 99-percent of that money, but they are waiting on local governments to start or finish various rebuilding projects.
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