Baton Rouge - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved the state’s final Action Plan for the second congressional appropriation of $1.6 million for flood recovery. This is not a disbursement of the $1.6 billion. In February, HUD announced the approval of the state’s first Action Plan for the initial $438 million congressional appropriation. The funds have not been disbursed to the state, and despite statements by some politicians to the contrary, the funds will not be available today. Prior to the funds being made available to the state, HUD must enter into a grant agreement with the state of Louisiana and establish a line of credit for use of the funds. These two final steps must be completed before the funds will be disbursed.

“This is a significant milestone in our flood recovery,” said Gov. Edwards. “While the process takes too long, this approval means that we are one step closer to actually having the funds available that Congress appropriated to the state last year.  Some of the hardest work is still in front of us, including securing an additional $2 billion from Congress for a full recovery. I am committed to working with our congressional delegation to see that this happens, but it is more important than ever for them to only speak the facts about the status of our recovery.  Purposefully sharing wrong information is hurtful to the process of bringing more aid to the people of Louisiana and is a disservice to the people of Louisiana who need help the most.”

The approval of the second Action Plan Amendment from HUD is available by clicking here.

"It is reckless, irresponsible, and flat out wrong to suggest to homeowners that funds will be available today," Gov. Edwards continued. "Homeowners deserve better than that. Before the funds can be sent to the state, the federal government requires that a grant agreement be signed and a line of credit be established. We should expect more from members of Congress than statements intended to mislead their own constituents."

In February, HUD approved the state’s initial Action Plan citing the state’s "historically fast Action Plan submission.” That approval letter is available by clicking here.

The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program will begin in early April. It will consist of two main parts – an initial survey and the application. The survey determines when a homeowner may apply for assistance. The process for this program is separate from FEMA registrations, and every homeowner interested in the program must complete the survey to get into the system and be invited to complete an application at the right time. More information on the program is available by clicking here or by visiting Homeowners are encouraged to sign-up for the newsletter. When the survey becomes available in April, more information will be available.