• 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.

  • 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.

  • FACT CHECK FEMA Fact Sheet: Why should I return the SBA disaster loan application published by FEMA
    Contributor

    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.

  • PLEASE VOTE NO on CLOSING our HUD CDBG-DR Program before HUD's ALLOWED Time Estimated to be 1-18-2023
    Murray 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.

  • 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.

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