The Biden administration announced Tuesday that Louisiana will receive an additional $1.27 billion in recovery resources for areas affected in Hurricane Ida last year and another $450 million for southwest Louisiana, where hurricanes Laura and Delta decimated the affordable housing stock in 2020.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge announced the funding in a virtual news conference with Gov. John Bel Edwards, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and New York City Mayor Eric Adams. HUD money is also being directed to Kentucky and New York City following floods and winter storms in 2021.
A HUD official said the recipients of the money have to submit an action plan to the federal government to access their respective allotments. The plans must undergo 30 days public comment process, and then HUD will review the submissions to ensure they meet the appropriate guidelines for Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funds. It could take a few months or up to a year before the money is actually disbursed, according to HUD.
Edwards said the Laura and Delta funds will be used to address the critical housing needs for low- to moderate-income families. He noted the significance of the additional recovery money for southwest Louisiana, which was left out entirely of a huge federal spending plan Congress recently approved.
“People in Southwest Louisiana are still hurting,” Edwards said. “This will go a long way toward letting people there know they haven’t been forgotten.”
Fudge said she would appeal to Congress to make disaster recovery funds available year-round for HUD, similar to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, so that her agency could rapidly respond in the wake of destructive storms.
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