Feds Sending $1.9 Million To Lafayette For Short-Term Flood Recovery
Lafayette Parish is soon to receive a $1.9 million shot in the arm from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to aid in short-term flood recovery efforts.
The funds come ahead of future federal funding that is tied up in Washington.
According to HUD, this award is a small but targeted source of funding to meet emergency community development needs while additional federal appropriations are being vetted. The funding could be used to fill immediate shortfalls by flood survivors including:
- Providing support for persons and families experiencing homelessness
- Rehabilitating damaged homes
- Restoring rental properties and businesses
- Repairing damaged infrastructure
Lafayette Mayor-PresidentJoel Robideaux joined HUD Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Harriet Tregoning, and other officials, in Baton Rouge for a press conference concerning the emergency funding.
"I appreciate HUD's efforts to speed up the recovery process. I look forward to working together with Ms. Tregoning and her team as we build resiliency into our recovery efforts."
--Mayor-President Joel Robideaux
“Baton Rouge and Lafayette were hit hard by the recent flooding. While we wait for the federal government to allocate funding for long-term recovery, the people affected by this disaster need help now. This funding will provide critical temporary relief to the surrounding communities until further assistance is made available.” -- Congressman Charles Boustany.
HUD identifies the flooding in Louisiana as the most significant of the 26 major presidentially declared disasters this year.