May of 2017 started like any other May with the Third Appropriation Scenarios that seemed logical at the time.
When you review the document published here youll see from the beginning that the program did have a clear mind and was focused on saying they would help as many people as possible. But what happened over the 2017 year that ended hope for many victims?

By Murray Wennerlund published 5-30-2019 updated 1-15-2022

Resource Email Attachment FOIA May 5, 2017:
(Third Appropriation Scenarios 05052017final.pdf)

Third Appropriation Funding Scenarios.

Context: It is possible the State of Louisiana will receive an allocation from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) out of the $400 million in disaster assistance appropriated by Congress. At this time, it is unknown how much will be allocated to Louisiana. The following information provides some funding considerations, should Louisiana receive additional disaster assistance.

Additional Funding Needs Considerations:

Current program budgets:

State of Louisiana CDBG-DR Total Allocation
Restore Louisiana Housing Programs $1,423,693,120 85.92%
Homeowner Program*(relative % within housing programs = 90.87%) $1,293,693,120 78.08%
Rental Housing Programs*
(relative % within housing programs = 9.13%)
$ 130,000,000 7.85%
Restore Louisiana Economic Recovery and
Revitalization Programs
$62,000,000 3.74%
Infrastructure Program (FEMA Public Assistance
$105,000,000 6.34%
Administration and Planning $ 66,278,880 4.00%
Total Allocation $1,656,972,000 100%

1) Homeowners and Renters: Unmet need is at least $1.3 billion for major/severe damages, after accounting for the first two appropriations.

Per requirements established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the state must consider the proportion of assistance provided to homeowner and renter programs, based on the unmet needs assessment presented to HUD in the Action Plan Amendment 1. The table below breaks out the relative unmet needs by program area:

Housing Unmet Need Summary
Category Amount Relative Percentage of Unmet Housing Need
Owner-Occupied $2,448,293,435 90.4%
Renter $254,798,970 9.4%
Homeless Assistance and Prevention $5,250,232 0.2%
Total M/S Housing Recovery Need $2,708,342,637 100%
First and Second CDBG-DR Allocations $1,423,693,120  
Total M/S Housing Recovery Unmet

For example, if Louisiana is awarded $200 million, the state must consider the percentages of unmet needs (listed above) when distributing the funding. See the scenarios below for a few examples:
A) If the state decided to dedicate the entire allocation toward housing programs, then a minimum of $18 million-$19 million would be allocated toward rental/homelessness programs, while $181 million $182 million would be available for homeowner programs.

B) If the state were to decide to dedicate a portion of the funds toward infrastructure activities, leaving $125 million for housing activities, a minimum of $11.75 million-$13 million would be allocated toward rental/homelessness programs and $112 million-$113.25 million would be available for homeowner programs.

Impacted Homeowner Populations and Homeowner Budget scenarios

Budget and Population Assumptions:

  • Only homeowners with major or severe damages ($8,000 FEMA Verified Loss or at least 1 foot of flooding in the house)
  • Inclusive of anticipated 15% project delivery costs
  • Inclusive of anticipated environmental review costs
  • Deducts duplication of benefits from Small Business Administration (SBA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), as applicable
  • Dual-tier award structure for prospective work and reimbursement awards
  • 10% non-participation- based on past programs, we may assume a minimum of 10% of the population will fall out of the program for reasons such as:
    • loss of interest
    • zero award in final calculation
    • additional duplication of benefits identified through processing
    • homeowners with incomes greater than 120% of area median income (AMI) may be unable to secure the gap funding needed to complete the prospective work

Note &ndash The budgets in the table below account for the program delivery costs necessary to process all applicant files, including homeowner files where homeowners drop out of the program.

  # Households Assume 100% Participation Assume 90% Participation
(10% drop out rate)
Group A) No NFIP 36,510 $1,298,847,954 $1,192,728,501
Group B) NFIP - LMI - Inside 100 yr Floodplain 4,770 $143,588,002 $131,942,543
Group C) NFIP - LMI - Outside 100 yr Floodplain 1,199 $29,318,799 $26,967,344
Group D) NFIP - Non-LMI - Inside 100 yr Floodplain 11,568 $135,426,946 $125,272,582
Group E) NFIP - Non-LMI - Outside 100 yr Floodplain 3,584 $32,112,379 $29,803,229
Need for all NFIP Policy
21,121 $340,446,126 $313,985,699
Add LMI Households who declined SBA Loans 108 $5,152,000 $5,152,000
Total NEED FOR TOTAL POPULATION 57,631 $1,644,446,080 $1,511,866,200
Less Current Program Allocation   ($1,293,693,120) ($1,293,693,120)
Total Additional Need to Serve all NFIP Holders and Non-NFIP Holders   $350,752,960 $218,173,080


2) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (FEMA Match): $94 million

Approximate Unmet Need: $94 million

3) Comite River Diversion Canal Project: $190 million

Approximate Unmet Need: $190 million

4) Resilient Infrastructure Projects: $600 million

Allocation of CDBG-DR Resilient Infrastructure Funds
Category Amount
Planning and Flood Risk Modeling $60,000,000
Structural Investments &ndash Regional Watershed Protection $303,000,000
Resilience Add-Ons to Planned Public Infrastructure Projects $150,000,000
Community Stormwater Retention $51,000,000
Project Delivery Costs $36,000,000
Total $600,000,000