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Restore LA Homeowner Assistance Program Deadline Approaching

The Police Jury received the following letter from Governor John Bel Edwards regarding the 2016 flood victims in our area.  If this applies to you please visit restore.la.gov and complete the program survey as required.

Dear Mayor, Representative, or Parish President :

Thank you for your continued service helping survivors rebuild and recover from the devastating floods of 2016. Although the process is taking longer than any of us would like,the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program is moving faster than any housing recovery program in our nation’s history. Nearly 20,000 applications have been processed and more than 10,500 grant awards totaling more than $280 million have been offered to eligible homeowners. We anticipate that all applications will be processed by the fall, and homeowners who selected the state’s contractor for home repairs will largely be complete by the end of the year.

Despite this progress, we know there are still thousands of homeowners across our state who might be eligible for assistance but have not yet completed the program survey, which is the required first step in receiving assistance. We estimate that approximately XX homeowners in your area have yet to do so and there isn’t much time remaining.This afternoon we will announce that Friday, July 20, 2018 is the deadline for homeowners to complete the survey. The program will be unable to consider those homeowners who fail to complete the survey by the new deadline. The new deadline only applies to those who have not submitted the initial survey.

Regardless of income or whether repairs have already been completed, any homeowner who suffered major or severe damage to their primary residence may be eligible for assistance. If you are interested, you can contact info@restore-la.org to request additional information regarding the individuals in your community who are potentially eligible for the program but have not submitted the initial survey.

Furthermore, my office has been working steadfastly with Louisiana’s Congressional Delegation, the Restore Louisiana Task Force, and the Office of Community Development to change the federal policies related to the duplication of benefits issue. That impacts about 10,000 flood-impacted Louisianans who were approved for SBA loans after the floods, whether they accepted all, some or none of the loans. We are closely tracking legislation and awaiting further guidance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).If the final interpretation is favorable to the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program, applicants will be notified and grant awards will be updated, which is why it is imperative that they complete the initial survey. If they do not take the survey by the deadline, they will not be able to receive any program benefits in the future, regardless of the outcome of the HUD guidance.

 

As part of our efforts to inform the homeowners about the program survey deadline,Restore will host outreach events in your area this month.Your office will be contacted with the final details.

Also, we have prepared a flyer that you can hand out, content for Facebook and Twitter that you can post now, as well as an email message that is available to include in your newsletter.These resources are attached and can be found at http://restore.la.gov/program-informational-materials/. You may also contact the program Outreach Services at info@restore-la.org for more details or assistance.

Thank you in advance for helping make your constituents are aware of the upcoming deadline. Together, we can positively impact those citizens who are still recovering and RESTORE our communities.

Sincerely,

John Bel Edwards

Governor