Update on Communications With Federal Officials

February 3, 2017

Gov. John Bel Edwards and his Office of Community Development have sent several important requests to federal officials this week in an ongoing effort to speed flood-recovery assistance to impacted residents.

Gov. Edwards sent a letter directly to President Donald Trump, appealing once again for $2 billion in additional recovery funding, along with details on how the money would be spent. He also sent a letter to members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation, updating them on the request for additional funding and asking for its support in changing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage guidelines that are effectively slowing down flood-impacted families’ receipt of claims through the National Flood Insurance Program.

In addition, the governor’s Office of Community Development sent two separate requests to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. One seeks a waiver to low-to-moderate-income spending requirements on the state’s $1.2 billion appropriation. The other seeks an extension to a critical deadline approaching in the assistance application process.

Last modified: February 3, 2017