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
- Restore LA Program Info Exchange (Private Facebook.Com Group, ask to join.)
- Homeowner - Contractor (Private Facebook.Com Group for homeowners managing their construction projects)
- Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) Homeowners understanding and guide to 2018 / 2019 DRRA
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.
Full repair reimbursement plus SBA payoff leaves many Low to Moderate income families with nothingWriters 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.Disaster Rants
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.MUR
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 disasterContributor
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.Disaster Rants
HUD OIG report 2017 may offer a hint of a solution to the SBA Loan Declined still showing as DOBMurray 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.CDBG-DR
FACT CHECK FEMA Fact Sheet: Why should I return the SBA disaster loan application published by FEMAContributor
Get the facts about the SBA loan before you complete the application and sign the closing documents. You may be putting your disaster recovery in financial risk and you may be putting your home at risk if you can not make the payments required.FEMA
PLEASE VOTE NO on CLOSING our HUD CDBG-DR Program before HUD's ALLOWED Time Estimated to be 1-18-2023Murray Wennerlund
We ask that our Restore Louisiana Homeowners Assistance Task Force Members vote NO on ending our grant program as described by Director of OCD-DRU Patrick Forbes on 7-13-2018.MUR
I respectfully request a copy of the shared agency data feed in my name.Supervisor
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C.§ 552) and Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. § 552a) I declare, certify, verify or state, under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America, that the foregoing is true and correct.
Community leaders should start taking a stand against the SBA Disaster Loan Program and FEMA delivery sequenceMurray Wennerlund
When FEMA tells a low income family or a moderate income family to apply to the SBA FEMA is sending that family into debt burden beyond recovery. When you thought your disaster was bad, wait one year to see what applying for SBA loans will do to LMI
Louisiana Disaster Victims 2016 Floods are requesting Data Feed information from SBA as it may contain errorsMurray Wennerlund
The SBA data feed which is used by the State of Louisiana Office of Community Development to determine duplication of benefits may contain inaccurate information that is penalizing homeowners thousands of dollars and may disqualify them from HUD Grants.