On December 23, 2005, Congress approved a $29 billion package of Gulf Coast hurricane relief before adjourning for the year. The package included $11.5 billion for the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), which is administered on the federal level by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The package included a provision that no single state could receive more than 54% of each allocation within the package. HUD awarded the full 54% of its $11.5 billion hurricane relief allocation to Louisiana, resulting in the $6.2 billion award.
On June 15th, 2006, Congress approved an additional $4.2 billion for housing in Louisiana, fully funding The Road Home program.
The Louisiana Commissioner of Administration created the Disaster Recovery Unit within the Division of Adminstration, Office of Community Development to administer these relief funds. The Office of Community Development is the State agency that has administered the CDBG program for the State of Louisiana for 24 years.
The Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA), the Governor's State-wide coordinating body for all recovery efforts, will develop priorities for the utilization of CDBG Disaster Funds.
In order to receive this funding from HUD, the State is required to submit Action Plans which outline the programs and methods the State of Louisiana will use to administer the award. The Disaster Recovery Unit, in conjunction with the LRA, develop these Action Plans to submit to HUD.
Click here to view existing and proposed Action Plans.