In A Flash

Gov. John Bel Edwards announces Hurricane Ida Sheltering Program

By: - October 4, 2021 3:44 pm

Debris outside of Chauvin homes after Hurricane Ida (Photo by Rachel Mipro/Louisiana Illuminator)

Residents who lost their homes after Hurricane Ida struck Southeast Louisiana can get temporary housing through the state’s new sheltering program, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday.

“There is no doubt that there are people currently living in unsafe or unsanitary housing because of Hurricane Ida, which is not acceptable,” Edwards said in a press release. “Housing is the biggest challenge facing those affected by this devastating storm, and our state-run sheltering program is a safe, creative, temporary solution to get more people closer to their homes as they rebuild.”

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Through this program, the Governor’s Office Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness which will provide temporary non-congregate housing — such as travel trailers — to Louisianians in parishes heavily impacted by Ida “that do NOT have other sheltering options currently available,” according to the program’s website.

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Sheltering options may include hotels, base camps, crew barges or recreational vehicles (RVs), according to the release. The program is funded by FEMA, but runs entirely through the state.

The program will be focused initially on Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles, St. James  and Lower Jefferson parishes — according to the governor’s spokesperson.

Weeks after Ida struck, Lafourche and Terrebonne Parish residents have been sleeping in tents and makeshift structures built out of rubble, according to House Speaker Pro Tempore Tanner Magee (R-Houma). About 13,000 homes in that region have been destroyed, including 60% of homes in south Terrebonne Parish, he said.

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JC Canicosa
JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is an award-winning journalist at The Louisiana Illuminator. Canicosa has previous experience at Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.

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