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BATON ROUGE, La. – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has agreed to extend by one year the eligible reimbursement period for the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program.
The extension gives participants more time to make reimbursable repairs before they apply to the Restore Louisiana program. It also prevents the need for homeowners to stop work, an issue that often hampers recovery programs after major disasters. With the extension, homeowners in the Restore Louisiana program can be reimbursed for eligible repair work that takes place before Sept. 8, 2018.
“We requested a deadline extension to make sure homeowners who are still working on their homes are able to take part in the assistance program,” said Pat Forbes, executive director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development. “It’s been five months since we actually got access to the federal money, and the Restore Louisiana program is working toward reaching full operational capacity in the wake of unprecedented damage. It wouldn’t be fair if someone couldn’t get reimbursed for repairs that are made while they’re waiting to be served. We also don’t want homeowners to stop repairs.”
In HUD’s approval letter, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grants Programs Stanley Gimont said the agency granted the request “based on the critical role of these programs in providing housing and economic recovery assistance to storm victims.”
HUD administers the $1.6 billion in federal appropriations Louisiana received for recovery from the 2016 floods, which impacted more than 193,000 residents statewide.
As of early September:
Eligible homeowners can hire their own contractor for repair work or choose one through Restore Louisiana. They can also get reimbursed for repairs that are already completed before they applied to the program.