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The Louisiana Road Home Program:
Federal Aid for State Disaster Housing
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, affected an
area of 90,000 square miles, caused an estimated 1,577 deaths, and damaged or
destroyed over 300,000 homes in the coastal region.1 On September 24, 2005,
Hurricane Rita made landfall and caused additional damage to the areas affected by
Hurricane Katrina. The devastation created an unprecedented housing crisis in the
affected areas, especially in Louisiana. Subsequently, both Congress and the state of
Louisiana took action to begin recovery from the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina
and Rita. Between December 2005 and November 2007, Congress appropriated
$16.7 billion for the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG), of
which $13.41 billion would go to the state of Louisiana to help with housing recovery
in the state.2 The state of Louisiana developed a disaster-related housing program
known as the Road Home. The Road Home housing program consists of four
components that address the Katrina-related housing needs:
" the Louisiana Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP);
" the Workforce and Affordable Rental Housing Program;
" the Restoration of Homeless Supports and Housing Program; and
" the Developer Incentives Program.3
The HAP component of the Road Home program uses the largest portion of
the Road Home funding and provides the mechanism for distributing assistance to
1 U.S. Congress, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs,
Hurricane Katrina: A Nation Still Unprepared, special report, 109"' Cong., 2"d sess., S.Rept.
109-322 (Washington: GPO, 2007), p. 37.
2 P.L. 109-148, 119 Stat. 2779, Defense Appropriations Act for FY2006; P.L. 109-234, 120
Stat. 472, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on
Terror, and Hurricane Recovery Act of 2006; P.L. 110-116, 121 Stat. 1343, Department of
Defense Appropriations Act, 2008.
3 Louisiana Recovery Authority, The Road Home Housing Programs Action Plan
Amendmentfor DisasterRecovery Funds (Louisiana: 2006). The Workforce and Affordable
Rental Housing Programs includes a low-income housing tax credit "piggyback" program,
services funding for supportive housing, flexible incentives for mixed income development,
and the small rental property repair program. The Restoration of Homeless Supports and
Housing program addresses the increased risks and demands related to homelessness. The
Developer Incentives program includes a housing development loan fund, land assembly
operations, support for faith-based and community-based housing recovery programs, and
funding of building code enforcement by local governments.
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