At first glace your Office of Community Development might not seem like much. But once your Community Development department in your local city, town, county, parish level gets hold of some serious federal grant money offered by HUD your Community Development people can be proactive and create solutions that lead to a rapid recovery plan or they can be reactive in that they do the minimum and only react when public outcry or other issues drive them to respond.
This list identifies the most common housing assistance programs in the state of Louisiana. Other states will have the same federally funded programs with similar organizations. Be sure to check the HUD Exchange website for your state.
When you have no idea how to tell the upper income class that you will see no SBA repayment you come up with a plan that is so far outside the realm of HUD its 100 percent secured to fail the people they claim to be helping.
My neighbor came over banging on our door asking for me to read the 30 day notice to purchase flood insurance to cover the Programs costs or be deemed ineligible for HUD CDBG-DR Grants. This comes weeks and months after grants were awarded and signed.
State of Louisiana OCD-DRU Directors Response to unfair policy enforcement: "...completely incorrect information and statements not based in current law or policy...". The letter that the state sent to flood victims is below. You have 30 days to comply.
State of Louisiana OCD-DRU Directors Response to unfair policy enforcement: "...completely incorrect information and statements not based in current law or policy...". Show related Federal Policy, after all, its hard to trust without transparency.
Did the State of Louisiana OCD-DRU forget to inform homeowners and grant recipients the correct amount of NFIP Flood insurance to carry to cover Program Costs? Why did a 30 day notice go out just 30 days after the unannounced policy change of 10-5-2018?
Two years after the flood we have foundations cracking due to erosion, wood buckled and warped, joists and beams bent and split. Old wood has never been perfect after it's been soaked for days and dried slowly for months.
The State office of Community Development director Patrick Forbes denies flood victims HUD CDBG-DR Funds and adds SBA Loans that the SBA has Declined because of Adverse reasons. State demands Homeowners provide SBA details of the Adverse condition.
NOTE: If your state has not been setup, please view Louisiana for disaster recovery information.