• 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

This page and this section of the website is dedicated to sharing disaster relief experience from the victims point of view and how we navigate the federal disaster assistance agencies.

Policy that concerns your disaster recovery

Find a group and get involved. You will hear stories about the Katrina days, the Sandy days but those are nothing when you compare the big business of today's disaster recovery processes and policy. From the Louisiana Floods of 2016, Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, California, Wisconsin, Illinois and more. It's easier to track by disaster number starting with DR-4263 to what disaster people are attempting to recover from today.

To make your experience with recovery a positive one we have to start off with a couple of negatives.

1. DO NOT USE SBA Disaster Loans for anything other than business loans if you have a business. You should use private banks and private lenders before any federal assistance is offered to you in the form of a repayable loan.

2. FEMA IA Grants are good, get as much as you can, keep asking for more, food, shelter, get this done.

3. FEMA IHP Grants are also go but you must know how to spend the money and if you are unemployed and don't see employment in your near future skip this money, you will have to pay it back and it will not be easy if you do not spend it on just what it's designed to help with. Home structural repairs. Read more here.

As a group of suffering from the lack of planning and the unskilled government appointed members of our disaster recovery unit I can speak for hundreds when it comes to unprofessional and total chaos within a state that has its share of disasters. Each disaster new teams make up new rules and hire new sub-contractors for hundreds of millions. Currently we are fighting the unprofessional management shipped in from North Carolina after their limited money management for Sandy victims. I can say unprofessional because management actually talks about individuals in their offices and chain mails social media posts. Not to mention their construction teams making up policy as they go. Our storms were from 2016, their policy for our recovery is still being edited Oct. 2018 and wasn't on paper until 2018. So when IEM Inc. knocks at your recovery door when not ask some of us in Louisiana for a review of their employees starting from their operations directors and licensed contractors.

You'll find more information within this pages that will help you than any FEMA center. We'll share with you just what it takes to communicate with HUD, HUD Exchange and HUD OIG when you have to report issues and believe me when I say you will suffer from the issues for years if you don't call your state government out on everything that isn't logical. For us it's like a full time job just reading reports and correcting state level government issues before they report to HUD.

  • 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.

  • HUD OIG report 2017 may offer a hint of a solution to the SBA Loan Declined still showing as DOB
    Murray Wennerlund

    HUD OIG published its recommendations and HUD made its comments. But still today we are seeing thousands of low income families penalized for duplication of disaster recovery benefits that they did not receive and did not want to take.

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