The state of Louisiana, through the Louisiana Recovery Authority and the state Office of Community Development, has received funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for disaster response, long-term recovery and restoration of infrastructure, housing and economic revitalization in the areas affected by hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008.
In June 2009, the state received $620 million as its second allocation of funds from HUD. Together with the first allocation of $438 million, this brings the states total to $1.058 billion in Gustav and Ike recovery funds.
The state will set aside 25 percent of its total allocation for projects dealing with rental housing, agriculture and fisheries recovery and hurricane protection. The bulk of the funds will be allocated to the parishes based on their level of damage, and then parish officials will select from a menu of options and decide how they will spend the funds.
Parish-level allocations will be based on the level of damage the parish suffered, using data from HUD. The 10 most damaged parishes, using HUD data, are: Terrebonne, Cameron, Iberville, East Baton Rouge, Lafourche, Jefferson, Assumption, St. Mary, Ascension and Calcasieu.
Recovery Process:Parish Planning Resources