News Release

​​Restore Louisiana Seeking to Provide Assistance to Lafayette Parish Residents
Posted: 7/5/2017 5:00 PM
 

The Louisiana Office of Community Development - Disaster Recovery Unit launched the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program to help homeowners repair and restore damaged homes, or get reimbursed for work already completed resulting from the historic floods of 2016.
 
Records show that 4,796 households in Lafayette Parish had a FEMA verified loss resulting from the 2016 floods, yet only 863 homeowners have completed the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program survey as of June 5, 2017. This means that 82% of flood-impacted homeowners have not yet taken the first step to access much needed recovery assistance.
 
All flood-impacted homeowners are strongly encouraged to complete the survey. Even those flood survivors who do not believe they will qualify for assistance now are urged to take the survey because they may qualify later as more funding becomes available. In order to qualify for the program, homeowners must first complete a short survey at http://restore.la.gov/ or by phone at (866) 735-2001 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 
The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the survey is the first step flood-impacted homeowners must take in order to be eligible for the program. Information collected in the survey will help determine ongoing recovery needs and flood survivors meeting the program criteria will be invited to formally apply for assistance.
 
Regardless of income or whether repairs have already been completed, a homeowner who suffered major or severe damage to their primary residence may be eligible for assistance. Additionally, information from all impacted homeowners is important because it helps the state in its recovery planning efforts and demonstrates to Congress the need for additional recovery assistance.
 
Louisiana was recently awarded an additional $51.4 million from HUD as part of the latest disaster assistance appropriation by Congress. With these funds, the Restore Louisiana Task Force has approved expanding the Homeowner Assistance Program to include help for homeowners who had flood insurance at the time of the disaster but still meet the Phase 1 program requirements; low-to-moderate income families, with an owner who is elderly or has a household member with a disability, whose home is outside the floodplain. As additional resources become available, the Homeowner Assistance Program administrators will continue to expand the program to serve more families.