Louisiana: Hazard Mitigation Assistance – Housing Assistance Program

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In response to the housing needs resulting from Hurricane Isaac, HGA on behalf of Plaquemines Parish Government has developed and is currently administering the Parish’s $16,953,000 Disaster Recovery Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-DR) program, providing assistance to single-family homeowners with unmet housing repair needs.

The major component of this program is the Plaquemines Housing Assistance Program (PHAP), developed primarily to address the repair needs of extremely low-to-moderate income homeowners whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Isaac; however this does not preclude addressing repairthere needs of other income groups who otherwise qualify. This program address both minor rehab (unmet repair needs under $15,000) and major rehab (unmet repair needs in excess of $15,000). For eligible properties experiencing 50% or more in storm-related damages, PHAP will support the replacement/reconstruction and elevation of the structure to the required height to meet or exceed the property’s Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) rating. Sixty-nine (69) properties are included in the Program.

The major objectives of the PHAP are to:

  • Rehabilitate owner-occupied residential structures
  • Enhance affordability of homeownership for low- and moderate-income persons
  • Preserve existing property values by eliminating the blighting influence of substandard properties
  • Provide a safe and sanitary living environment for the occupants.

In concert with administration of the PHAP, HGA is also responsible for administering a CDBG-DR funded 25% non-federal match program to support the FEMA funded Hurricane Isaac Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) activities for 99 properties across the Parish.

HGA consistently meets or exceeds contract performance measures and provides project inception to completion and program administration expertise.

Hilda Lott
Grants AdministratorPlaquemines Parish Government