T & I Committee Passes Graves’ Legislation to Improve Disaster Recovery
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure advanced a slate of bills today, including a bipartisan disaster relief bill authored by Reps. Garret Graves (LA-6) and Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.). The legislation, H.R. 1311 is designed to help communities recover from disasters and increase disaster program transparency and oversight
AWWA COMMENDS CONGRESS FOR INCLUDING DRINKING WATER PROTECTION MEASURES IN FARM BILL
The American Water Works Association, the largest association of water professionals in the world, today applauded the U.S. Congress for passing a Farm Bill that recognizes the importance of protecting drinking water sources from nutrient runoff.
Abraham announces $27 million in USDA Rural Development funding to support 9 water systems...
Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D. R-Alto, today announced that nine projects in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District will receive more than $27 million in combined loans and grants from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development.
LOUISIANA HOUSING CORPORATION STRENGTHENS COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT THROUGH MAJOR REBRANDING
The Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC) today announced a major rebranding to reflect the organization’s increased focus on community development and accessibility. LHC has a long history of providing access to safe, affordable housing through development and funding, but this new initiative strengthens its commitment to community development and accessible housing.
MAYOR CANTRELL CONGRATULATES HOUSING AUTHORITY OF NEW ORLEANS ON RECEIVING HUD JOBS PLUS GRANT...
Mayor LaToya Cantrell congratulated the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) for securing a $2.3 million Jobs Plus Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that will help families living in public housing obtain employment and other quality-of-life improvements.
Coming Soon: Traffic Relief for the Capital Region
Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana), Governor John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson and other state leaders marked the beginning of construction today on a solution to the Capital Region’s traffic bottleneck at the I-10 Washington St. Exit.
CITY OF NEW ORLEANS TO AWARD $10 MILLION IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUNDS
Mayor Cantrell announced the release of $10 million dollars in funds to go toward affordable housing in New Orleans. The City released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the awarding of approximately $10,000,000 in HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
Former Duson Housing Authority director pleads guilty to stealing more than $110,000
United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced today that the former Duson Housing Authority director pleaded guilty to stealing more than $110,000 in funds. Patsy Clark, 60, of Duson, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Hanna on one count of federal program theft.
Banks Partner to Award $16,000 to Fund Community Engagement Projects
Gulf Coast Bank and Trust and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) presented $16,000 in Partnership Grant Program (PGP) funds to the Committee for a Better New Orleans (CBNO) to support two major initiatives
Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Sees Continued Drop in Policy Count & Changes in...
The eleventh round of depopulation is underway for the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens) and Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon points to the program’s ongoing success as a sign of the strength of the Louisiana homeowners insurance market
City Activates Freeze Plan for Homeless
The City is activating its Citywide Freeze Plan (CFP) beginning overnight tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, and ending Saturday morning, Dec. 9, 2017, as the National Weather Service forecasts the temperature or wind chill to fall below the plan’s activation threshold of 35 degrees. The City's freeze plan will be in effect to provide temporary shelter for homeless residents
Louisiana Remodeler Thomas Ashley Jr. Named 2017 NAHB Remodeler of the Year
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers honored Thomas Ashley Jr., CAPS, CGP, CGR, a remodeler from Denham Springs, La., with its highest remodeling achievement award, the 2017 NAHB Remodeler of the Year. The award recognizes superior business management and customer service, exemplary NAHB and community involvement and outstanding contributions to the remodeling industry. Ashley will be honored on Jan. 10, 2018, at the NAHB Remodelers All-Stars Celebration during the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.
Graves Announces Duplication of Benefits Fix, Other Disaster Policy Improvements in Sweeping FEMA Reform...
A series of bipartisan federal disaster policy changes authored by Congressman Garret Graves (R-South Louisiana) – including a fix to the duplication of benefits problem plaguing many Louisiana flood and other disaster victims – were approved yesterday by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in sweeping FEMA reform legislation
City to Demolish Blighted Properties
On Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, the City will demolish two properties (7855 and 7857 S. Cornet Ct.) in its continued effort to reduce blight and bring vacant properties back into commerce. The City’s blight reduction strategy, launched in 2010, has reduced blight citywide by over 15,000 addresses.
City Issues Filming Notice for Residents Downtown and Central City
The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy issued filming notices for residents Downtown and Central City. On Wednesday, Nov. 22, between the hours of 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., a production company will film exterior scenes on the corner of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and Felicity Street. As a result, the intersection of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and Felicity Street will be closed during the specified time