Apr 1, 2008 thru Jun 30, 2008 Performance Report

Grant Number:
B-08-DG-22-0003

Grantee Name:
State of Louisiana

Grant Amount:
$3,000,000,000.00

Grant Status:
Active

Submitted By:
No Submitter Found
Obligation Date:


Award Date:
01/15/2008

Contract End Date:


Reviewed By HUD:
Submitted - Await for Review


Disasters:
Declaration Number
FEMA-DR-1603-LA
FEMA-DR-1607-LA


Plan Description:
Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana’s coast on August 29, 2005, claiming the lives of 1,464 Louisiana residents. Hurricane Rita followed three weeks later on September 24, 2005. The storms initially evacuated and displaced 1.3 million Louisianans and destroyed more than 200,000 homes, 10 hospitals and 200 square miles of Louisiana marshland. The storms also destroyed 40 schools, damaged 835 schools and flooded more than 16,000 businesses. About 178,000 jobs were lost in the New Orleans area alone. Louisiana was hit with the costliest disaster in US history followed three weeks later by the 3rd costliest disaster resulting in estimated property losses totaling more than $100 billion.


Recovery Needs:
Coastal Louisiana sees progress and hard work ahead three years after the hurricanes. Estimates are available for the City of New Orleans regarding the impact of Hurricane Katrina on housing occupied by low to moderate income residents which are defined as those below 80% of the average median income (AMI). Those estimates produced by the Greater New Orleans Community Development Center show that 65% of the owner occupied units that are damaged or destroyed belonged to low to moderate income families. Low to moderate income families rented 89% of the rental units that were damaged or destroyed. An estimated total of 119,770 owner occupied and rental units serving the low to moderate income population, or 88.7%, were damaged or destroyed. Recovery will take time, but thanks in large part to federal funding through the CDBG program, progress in South Louisiana is evident. In the New Orleans metropolitan area, some signs of recovery are that roughly 87% of pre-storm populations and 76% of all public and private school enrollments had returned by summer 2008. The population of coastal Louisiana as a whole has rebounded since 2005 with only four parishes other than New Orleans still below their 2005 population estimates. Jefferson and Plaquemines Parishes have both seen major progress with 98% and 95% population recovery respectively, but Cameron and St. Bernard Parishes continue to lag behind other parishes with only 89% and 44% population recovery respectively. The demographics of the Greater New Orleans area continue to shift geographically as families and businesses continue to return or relocate into areas that were less impacted by flooding. St. Tammany Parish, already a rapidly growing Parish before the hurricanes, now has many more households, sales tax revenues, and higher home values than it did before Katrina. The overall progress in the population, economic, and housing recovery has continued to trend in a positive direction, though the pace of all three has slowed and even stagnated this past year. The post-Katrina housing market and over all economy surged for the first two years, but slowed and showed trends of stabilizing in 2007. Despite increased demand for construction labor, the New Orleans metropolitan statistical area is still down over 75,000 jobs from pre-Katrina levels. However, this represents a rebound from the all time low of 178,000 lost jobs. The New Orleans MSA is also still has about 3,000 fewer employers as it did prior to the hurricanes. So far, 2008 has showed less job creation, household rates have increased slowly, and home renovations and demolitions are half of what they were last year, but the trends continue to be positive. As a final point, New Orleans still has many challenges ahead as indicated by other numbers and trends. In the coming years the Crescent City may be straddled with 65,000 blighted or empty properties, quickly rising rents, now 46% higher than pre-Katrina, and wages not able to keep pace. In addition, the labor market for the service and construction sectors remains tight, while public service infrastructure remains thin. With more engaged citizens, businessmen, and government leaders, South Louisiana should be able to complete the hard work necessary to over come many of the challenges that the city faces. New Orleans will be able to build a more robust economy and a better protected city. As we move past year three of our recovery, we anticipate further progress thanks in large part to the resources provided and programs designed through the Community Development Block Grant funding.


Overall This Report Period To Date
Total Projected Budget from All Sources N/A 1,000,000,000
Total CDBG Disaster Recovery Grant Funds Budgeted N/A 1,000,000,000
Program Funds Drawdown 0 0
Obligated CDBG DR Funds 1,000,000,000 1,000,000,000
Expended CDBG DR Funds 0 0
Match Contributed 0 0
Program Income Received 0 0



Progress Toward Required Numeric Targets
Requirement Required To Date
Minimum Overall Benefit Percentage 0 0
Minimum Non-Federal Match 0 0
Limit on Public Services 0 0
Limit on Admin/Planning 0 0
Limit on State Admin 0 0


Overall Progress Narrative:
Although $1 billion of this grant was obligated for the purpose of homeowner compensation, nothing was expended during the 2nd quarter of 2008.



Activities



Grantee Activity ID:
H3OO - LMI

Activity Category:
Payment for compensation and incentives (Louisiana only)

Activity Status:
Under Way

Responsible Organization:
Office of Community Development (OCD), Disaster Recovery Unit (DRU)
Projected Start Date:
05/30/2006

Projected End Date:
05/30/2016

National Objective:
Low/Mod


  This Report Period To Date
Total Projected Budget from All Sources N/A 500,000,000
Total CDBG Disaster Recovery Grant Funds Budgeted N/A 500,000,000
Program Funds Drawdown 0 0
Obligated CDBG DR Funds 500,000,000 500,000,000
Expended CDBG DR Funds 0 0
Match Contributed 0 0
Program Income Received 0 0


Performance Measures
 
This Report Period
Cumulative Actual Total / Expected
  Low Mod Total Low Mod Total
# of Households benefitting 0 0 0 0/0 0/9,350 0/9,350
# of Persons benefitting 0 0 0 0/0 0/9,350 0/9,350


Activity Description:
The Road Home Homeowner Assistance program provides financial compensation and advisory services will be available for homeowners who wish to select from one of the three following options: 1. Repair/Rebuild – financial incentives to repair or reconstruct on the same site; 2. Sell and Relocate within the state – purchase of the home by the program in exchange for an agreement to resettle in Louisiana; or 3. Sell and Relocate out of the state – voluntary sale of the home with no expectation of resettlement in the state. The allocation for this program represents uses an estimated 55% benefit to low and moderate income citizens. This estimate is based on first and second quarter data which differs from the Road Home registry data. The registry data showed 76.2% of the 107,713 registrants earned at or below $50,000. Since the registry did not collect data on household size, it is impossible to estimate the number of low income households. This allocation amount and estimated performance will be continually modified as data on the actual applicants is collected. The amount allocated to LMI includes $8,229,915 of Road Home start up costs that funded program design, the Road Home Registry call center and other start up costs.


Location Description:
The program will serve homeowners in at least 17 permanent and mobile homeowner assistance centers in disaster affected parishes and other areas in and out of state where concentrations of displaced citizens are located.


Activity Progress Narrative:
No activity this quarter.


Activity Location:
Address City State Zip
No Activity Locations Found


Other Funding Sources Budgeted - Detail
Match Sources Amount
No Other Match Funding Sources Found


Other Funding Sources Amount
No Other Funding Sources Found




Grantee Activity ID:
H3OO - UN

Activity Category:
Payment for compensation and incentives (Louisiana only)

Activity Status:
Under Way

Responsible Organization:
OCD and ICF Emergency Management, LLC as the contract administrator.
Projected Start Date:
05/30/2006

Projected End Date:
05/30/2016

National Objective:
Urgent Need


  This Report Period To Date
Total Projected Budget from All Sources N/A 500,000,000
Total CDBG Disaster Recovery Grant Funds Budgeted N/A 500,000,000
Program Funds Drawdown 0 0
Obligated CDBG DR Funds 500,000,000 500,000,000
Expended CDBG DR Funds 0 0
Match Contributed 0 0
Program Income Received 0 0


Performance Measures
 
This Report Period
Cumulative Actual Total / Expected
  Low Mod Total Low Mod Total
# of Households benefitting 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/7,650
# of Persons benefitting 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/7,650


Activity Description:
The Road Home Homeowner Assistance program provides financial compensation and advisory services will be available for homeowners who wish to select from one of the three following options: 1. Repair/Rebuild – financial incentives to repair or reconstruct on the same site; 2. Sell and Relocate within the state – purchase of the home by the program in exchange for an agreement to resettle in Louisiana; or 3. Sell and Relocate out of the state – voluntary sale of the home with no expectation of resettlement in the state. The allocation for this program represents uses an estimated 55% benefit to low and moderate income citizens. This estimate is based on first and second quarter data which differs from the Road Home registry data. The registry data showed 76.2% of the 107,713 registrants earned at or below $50,000. Since the registry did not collect data on household size, it is impossible to estimate the number of low income households. This allocation amount and estimated performance will be continually modified as data on the actual applicants is collected. The amount allocated to LMI includes $8,229,915 of Road Home start up costs that funded program design, the Road Home Registry call center and other start up costs.


Location Description:
The program will serve homeowners in at least 17 permanent and mobile homeowner assistance centers in disaster affected parishes and other areas in and out of state where concentrations of displaced citizens are located.


Activity Progress Narrative:
No activity this quarter.


Activity Location:
Address City State Zip
No Activity Locations Found


Other Funding Sources Budgeted - Detail
Match Sources Amount
No Other Match Funding Sources Found


Other Funding Sources Amount
No Other Funding Sources Found