NEW ORLEANS – August 25, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued a statement following the announced collaboration between State of Louisiana’s Office of Community Development, Disaster Recovery Unit and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide additional construction assistance and administrative remedies for Road Home Program grant recipients who have not yet returned to their homes, not yet elevated or are otherwise non-compliant with the Road Home Program.
Statement from Mayor Mitch Landrieu :
“The Road Home Program was largely successful, yet some residents are still struggling to return home. Since taking office in May 2010, I have fully supported the State of Louisiana’s requests for modifications to the program to end the collection of funds from Road Home recipients who in good faith do not have the resources to repair their homes. No storm victim should ever be left behind. I have repeatedly pushed for amendments to the program that would make the process more accessible to all New Orleanians, including meeting numerous times with then-HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan on the program’s inadequacies and limitations and continuing that dialogue with his successor, current-HUD Secretary Julian Castro. Today’s announcement is welcome news as we mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. As Mayor of the City of New Orleans, I am committed to doing everything within my power to help our residents return home. I want thank Secretary Castro for reducing the barriers Road Home recipients have faced, and I congratulate Louisiana’s Office of Community Development, Disaster Recovery Unit for its persistence in fighting for more avenues so New Orleanians can finally come back home.”