Task Force Meets in Gonzales on March 17

March 15, 2017

The Restore Louisiana Task Force will meet on Friday, March 17 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. and is open to the public. The facility does not have live streaming capability.

Task force members will be updated on the latest developments regarding the Restore Louisiana homeowner assistance and small business programs for residents affected by the 2016 floods across the state.

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Office of Community Development has invited qualified organizations to apply as lenders for the Restore Louisiana Small Business Program. Through the program, qualified small businesses impacted by the flood will be eligible for partially forgivable loans. Prospective lenders have until April 11 to apply. The application process for small business owners is expected to open in May.

In addition, the Office of Community Development has begun distributing an overview of the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program, which is expected to open in  April. The overview gives residents an advanced look at the criteria for eligibility, the method of distributing assistance in phases and how the application process will begin with a survey.

The survey is important for several reasons. When homeowners make the application for rebuilding assistance, they become subject to federal rules that could require extra steps and more time to complete. The survey allows the state to gather information outside of the formal application process and minimizes the number of homeowners affected by those rules, which keeps participants moving as quickly as possible in the rebuilding assistance process. Moreover, as Gov. Edwards and other leaders continue appealing for more federal flood relief, the survey will help demonstrate the rebuilding needs families are still facing.

In the meantime, all flood-impacted residents are asked to sign up for email updates through the Restore Louisiana website, restore.la.gov. This is the fastest way to find out when the process opens.

Last modified: March 15, 2017