MEDIA CONTACT:
Janice Lovett
Office of Community Development
Disaster Recovery Unit
225.342.1790
janice.lovett@la.gov

 

BATON ROUGE - The state of Louisiana's Office of Community Development, Disaster Recovery Unit is accepting public comments on a Partial Action Plan that allocates disaster recovery funding to Lafourche and St. Martin parishes for recovery from Hurricane Isaac.

The formal public comment period for Partial Action Plan 9 begins today, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, and runs until 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. A copy of the plan can be requested by calling 225.219.9600. After accepting public comments, the state will submit the plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for final federal approval.

Members of the public can submit comments several ways:
• Using the online form at http://www.doa.la.gov/Pages/ocd-dru/Action_Plans.aspx ;
• Emailing them to ocd@la.gov;
• Mailing them to Disaster Recovery Unit, P.O. Box 94095, 70804-9095, Attn: Janice Lovett; or
• Faxing them to the attention of Janice Lovett at 225.219.9605.

Lafourche and St. Martin parishes were impacted by Hurricane Isaac but did not receive direct allocations of Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

However, the parishes have demonstrated a need for cost-share funds for low-to-moderate income households participating in FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Elevation programs. Partial Action Plan 9 identifies the two parishes as additional grantees in the Isaac Hazard Mitigation Assistance LMI Cost-Share Program.

Partial Action Plan 9 is considered substantial because it adds locations, and therefore also adds new beneficiaries, to the state's Hurricane Isaac Master Plan. Substantial amendments to the plan are required to undergo a public comment period.

The funds are part of $64,379,084 million in CDBG-DR dollars that HUD allocated to Louisiana for recovery from Hurricane Isaac. The City of New Orleans, Jefferson Parish and St. Tammany Parish all received separate, individual allocations from HUD. Of the $66.4 million, the state has allocated $32.7 million to St. John the Baptist Parish and $16.9 million to Plaquemines Parish for Hurricane Isaac recovery efforts.


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