Restore La. Task Force to meet at State Capitol Nov. 18

Staff Report

The Restore Louisiana Task Force will hold its next meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 in House Committee Room 1 at the State Capitol to discuss the latest on relief efforts after historic flooding in March and August.

The meeting will be carried live online through the Legislature’s website - Legis.La.Gov.

The Task Force will receive updates from Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office and the state Office of Community Development. Members also will review the latest regarding an initial $437.8 million appropriation through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help affected homeowners.

The Task Force will review the proposed criteria for determining which homeowners receive assistance, as well as the current recommendation of distributing the assistance through three options:

State managed construction, where homeowners agree to let the state handle repairs through a state

hired contractor; Homeowner managed construction, where homeowners hire and manage a contractor

on their own, with the possibility of some state oversight; Reimbursement, where homeowners are

compensated for repairs they’ve already completed

HUD is in the process of finalizing its rules for spending the appropriation. Once the rules are published, the state will submit for HUD approval plans to make the money available for homeowners, renters and small businesses.

In the meantime, Gov. Edwards is requesting an additional $3.3 billion from Congress for Louisiana’s additional flood recovery needs.

Many families and business owners throughout the state still have a long way to go after the floods, and they need everyone’s support,” says Julie Baxter Payer, the governor’s deputy chief of staff. “The Task Force is working as quickly as possible to bring relief for flood victims, using best practices established after Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.”

The Restore Louisiana Task Force comprises 21 individuals from throughout the state who were appointed by Gov. John Bel Edwards to oversee the rebuilding process after historic flooding in March and August 2016 impacted 51 parishes. The Task Force’s mission is divided into six categories: community planning, economic, health and social services, housing, infrastructure and natural and cultural resources.