$11.3 Million Housing Rehab Program for Announced by Louisiana Governor Edwards and Mayor Hunter

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$11.3 Million Housing Rehab Program for Announced by Louisiana Governor Edwards and Mayor Hunter

Published November 22, 2021

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter announced today the development of an $11.3 million housing initiative to aid some Lake Charles citizens in their recovery from Hurricane Laura, Hurricane Delta, and the May 2021 flood.

The City of Lake Charles has committed $1.3 million in HOME money and another $700,000 in CDBG, in addition to $5.3 million in Community Development Block Grant funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, which flows through Louisiana’s Office of Community Development. The Louisiana Housing Corporation has pledged $3 million in HOME money as well as $1 million in monies from the National Housing Trust Fund Program.

Pat Forbes, executive director of the Office of Community Development said, “We are glad to see HUD recognized that the City of Lake Charles is in dire need of assistance in order to continue its recovery from the hurricanes of 2020. This allocation will bring some relief to the most vulnerable of the City’s residents.”

Two programs will benefit from the cash. The COLC Home Rehabilitation and Recovery Program is designed to give eligible homeowners with CDBG and HOME financial support in the form of a grant (Forgivable Deferred Loan) to help them restore single-family homes damaged by Hurricane Laura, Hurricane Delta, or the May 2021 flood.

The initiative aims to meet unmet needs and support low-to-moderate-income (LMI) families in the city. Work to bring housing into compliance with applicable codes, ordinances, and standards, if appropriate, will get financial assistance.

The City of Lake Charles Small Rental Rehabilitation Program will give eligible owners financial help in the form of a grant (Forgivable Deferred Loan) to restore single-family rental properties damaged by Hurricane Laura, Hurricane Delta, or the May 2021 flood.

The program will meet unmet needs and help the city re-establish destroyed rental housing. For a set period of time, eligible applicants must maintain affordable rentals for LMI households. This initiative will only repair units that house LMI households. As needed, this program can help bring the units into compliance with relevant codes, ordinances, and standards.

The City of Lake Charles will publish further information about how to apply in the coming weeks. Funds will be limited to $50,000 per household.

In a press release, Louisiana Governor Edwards said.”This critical program will help some people impacted by these severe weather events repair their homes, but we are well aware that this is only a start. A large portion of CDBG funding recently allocated to the state of Louisiana for long-term recovery related to the 2020 disasters will go to address unmet housing needs, but the program announced today is a product of the state and city working together to jumpstart that process while we wait for these funds to become available,” “We are thrilled to be able to help families in Lake Charles, but we will not rest until we’ve received the additional funding we need to recover from the 2020 disasters and Hurricane Ida in Louisiana.”

Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter said “Affordable, sustainable housing remains our greatest need in the City of Lake Charles more than 14 months after Hurricane Laura. Today’s announcement will help some of our brethren who remain in a dire housing situation. While we continue to fight for the long-term recovery assistance our community needs, we are proud to announce the City of Lake Charles Home Rehabilitation and Recovery Program today,” ” This pool of funding from the federal, state, and local levels is one way we are working outside of the box to bridge the gap for residents who need help the most. We thank HUD Secretary Fudge, President Biden, Governor Edwards, and the Louisiana Housing Corporation for their willingness to support us in our efforts to help people regain one of the most important assets, a home.”

“Ensuring Louisiana’s communities have access to resources after natural disasters occur is critical to helping families rebuild their lives,” said LHC Interim Executive Director Bradley R. Sweazy. “I am extremely proud of our network of state and federal partners whose actions have guaranteed that Lake Charles will remain viable, healthy, and resilient for years to come.”