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05/06 - The Road Home: Housing Options for victims of the Storms

How is Louisiana responding to the housing needs of displaced victims of the storms?

To view the entire program (59:15) in windows media format, Click Here.

Louisiana lost more than 200,000 homes to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The July 19 edition of Louisiana Public Square will be an encore presentation of our May public forum on Louisiana's plan for assistance to the homeowners and renters affected by these devastating storms. Our panel includes Governor Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana Recovery Authority Executive Director Andy Kopplin, LRA Housing Task Force Chairman Walter Leger, Housing Vice-chair and State Senator Diana Bajoie (D) New Orleans and Gil Jamieson, FEMA Deputy Director for Gulf Coast Recovery.

In response to the destruction caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco and the Louisiana Recovery Authority have proposed an overall housing "action plan," known as The Road Home. Following release of the plan, a ten day public comment period generated nearly 1,000 comments from individuals and interest groups. The plan has two components: the homeowner assistance part of the plan for Katrina/Rita victims seeking to repair, rebuild, relocate, or sell their residences; and rental development incentives and other developer incentives designed to replace the tens of thousands of rental properties that were damaged or destroyed by the storms. The plan was submitted to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and recently received full funding from Congress.


For more information, download LRA's The Road Home in pdf format.

To view the entire program (59:15) in windows media format, Click Here.

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