• Through Disaster Experience
    KNOWLEDGE GAINED
  • For every path there's a road block of bureaucracy
    THE REAL DEAL
  • Our paths although different still meet at the waters edge.
    THE ROAD TRAVELED
  • Victims of Disasters see difficulties from ground level.
    A DIFFERENT VIEW

We are sharing with you our experiences with the federal disaster assistance agencies. We'll guide you the best we can. We'll attempt to update our guidance promptly when homeowners report changes to federal and state programs.

As new policy is created and old policy is updated or eliminated we'll bring changes to programs to your attention.

We have several grassroots programs which can help you if you interact with them. Don't think for a moment recovery will come knocking on your door. You have to go out and make it happen.

We'll help you build your advocacy group as well as help you with becoming a positive change activist.

Some groups you might be interested in.

  • Restore LA Program Info Exchange Focus: HUD CDBG-DR Grants, State Grantees, SBA DOB related to HUD Grants. Focus on HUD Recovery Grants and local state policies.
    (Private Facebook.Com Group in Louisiana all are welcome.)
  • Stop FEMA Now Focus: FEMA Recovery efforts, SBA Disaster Loans, Long term recovery focus on Super storm Sandy Victims. (Public Facebook.Com Group based out of New Jersey.)
  • SBA Disaster Recovery Loans Learn who should not apply. Learn what the SBA will do to approve you. Learn about low income homeowners without credit being offered loans by using their homes as collateral. Learn the truth about the SBA lending practices and how some homeowners would never be able to repay the loan.
    (National group focused on SBA Disaster Loans and what the true costs are.)
  • Homeowner - Contractor Focus: Helping Homeowners self contract and manage their own hiring and firing of workers to get the job of recovery completed. We share our experiences and share our processes.
    (Public Facebook.Com Group for homeowners managing their construction projects)
  • Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) Focus: Disaster Feedback in relationship to Congressional Representatives actions for better recovery processes. This is a mix of federal policy with homeowners feedback related to federal disaster recovery policy.

Proposed / Needed Groups:

  • State of XX HUD CDGB-DR Grantee: We need individuals that have time to administrate and moderate local groups focused on your state agencies that distribute HUD CDBG-DR grants. We will assist you with your setup and help you keep up with HUD policy as well as forecast what move your state will make within the program. We'll teach you how to be your states "Watchdog" to reduce government waste and to help guard against fraud against the American Taxpayers.
    (Groups by state for HUD CDBG-DR Grant award assistance. Groups need to form before FEMA - SBA applicants are started.

  • U.S. Small Business Administration has Declined my SBA Disaster Loan - You are the lucky one
    Contributor

    When you reach out to the SBA Disaster Loan program to have your loan cancelled because you find you can not financially afford the loan at the monthly payment amounts they offered. Living Paycheck to Paycheck is proof SBA loan debt is not an option.

  • Governor John Edwards of Louisiana forms the Restore Louisiana Task Force and outlines it's roles and purpose.
    Murray Wennerlund

    According to the Governors Executive Order JBE 2016-65 our task force is to allow the public input and use the public input. To date, its public comments on deaf ears. There must be a mechanism for public input and the opportunity to modify priorities.

  • State of Louisiana accepted HUD Guidance Nov 16 2011 76 FR 71060 Duplication of Benefits as policy
    Writers Pool

    Funds are not reasonably anticipated when the source and/or amount is indefinite, or the applicant is unaware that he/she may be eligible to receive additional funds at a later date.

  • State of Louisiana accepted HUD Guidance Nov 16 2011 76 FR 71060 Duplication of Benefits policy
    Contributor

    HUD Guidance Nov. 16, 2011 76-FR-71060 Duplication of Benefits policy. We have declined assistance from the SBA Disaster Loan Program and have Cancelled our approved loan based on our household debt burden and inability to repay.

  • Your SBA Disaster Loan Program approved maximum loan amount is available to you for how long
    Murray Wennerlund

    The State of Louisiana Office of Community Development follows the HUD Guidance published 11-16-2011 which states, Funds are not reasonably anticipated when the source and/or amount is indefinite. What does the SBA say about cancelled loans and time?

  • Defy law making branch of government without threat or ramifications from Louisiana State Representatives.
    Murray Wennerlund

    Secretary and any grantee under this section shall not take into consideration or reduce the amount provided to any applicant for assistance from the grantee where such applicant applied for and was approved, but declined assistance ...

  • Full repair reimbursement plus SBA payoff leaves many Low to Moderate income families with nothing
    Writers Pool

    Louisiana Task Force made up of individuals that represented the people voted last Friday, July 13, 2018 to hold 683 million in HUD CDBG-DR funds until Congress and HUD allow funds to be granted to SBA Disaster Loan recipients.

  • DR-4277 DR-4263 Louisiana Flood Victims request review of Task Force public comment policy and other issues.
    Writers Pool

    Citizens request for assistance from HUD to review Action Plan Amendment 9 processing by the Louisiana Office of Community Development - Disaster Recovery Unit under the direction of Patrick Forbes.

  • Risk of Bankruptcy Hundreds of Louisiana and Texas families are regretting ever applying to FEMA and SBA.
    Murray Wennerlund

    SBA continues to lower its minimum income levels. SBA during an 2018 audit by the Office of Inspector General identifies training the issue SBA offered loans to 2016 Louisiana Flood Victims that have no possible way of repaying the loan.

  • Louisiana Homeowners Assistance Task Force steps beyond bounds of all past Task Force members of any disaster
    Contributor

    Do you know how much authority your Louisiana Task Force has over your HUD CDBG-DR Disaster Relief grant funds? Quite a lot, according to the Action Plan Amendment 9 published in the Louisiana OCD-DRU website.

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