The Disaster Recovery Unit within the Division of Administration’s Office of Community Development is dedicated to helping Louisiana’s citizens recover from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike and Isaac. As the state’s central point for hurricane recovery, the OCD-DRU manages the most extensive rebuilding effort in American history, working closely with local, state and federal partners to ensure that Louisiana recovers safer, stronger and smarter than before.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has appropriated Community Development Block Grant funds to Louisiana for recovery from the 2005, 2008 and 2012 storms:
- $13.4 billion for recovery from hurricanes Katrina and Rita;
- $1.09 billion for recovery from hurricanes Gustav and Ike; and
- $66.4 million for recovery from Hurricane Isaac.
OCD-DRU has allocated funds to housing, infrastructure, economic development and planning programs for recovery in the storm-impacted areas. Allocations are approved by HUD through initial Action Plans and Action Plan Amendments.
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
For recovery from hurricanes Gustav and Ike, OCD-DRU also allocated more than half of the recovery funds directly to the affected parishes.
Hurricanes Gustav and Ike
OCD-DRU has submitted an initial Action Plan to HUD for use of Hurricane Isaac recovery funds.