Louisiana reimbursed with funds following natural disasters, response to COVID-19

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NEW ORLEANS, La (BRPROUD) – Louisiana has been given reimbursement funds to help rebuild and recover following natural disasters and COVID-19.

Congressman Troy A. Carter Sr. announced that grants and programs will be funded by the American Rescue Plan and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Louisianians to help cover the costs of staying warm this winter by paying utility bills and energy repairs.

“As hardworking Louisianians continue recovering from the pandemic and recent storms, this investment is helping families afford energy costs and stay warm, safe and healthy this winter,” Carter says in a press release.

$91.7 million was given to the state through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program in the American Rescue Plan, according to an official White House briefing. $91.7 million is the highest the state has ever received from the home energy program to help families who are struggling with home heating costs.

Sen. Bill Cassidy recently announced funding for efforts in Louisiana to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and hurricane relief.

Funding includes:

  • $27.1 million for Louisiana Housing Finance Agency: full reimbursement payment for emergency protective measures the state conducted to provide sheltering services, food, and personal hygiene supplies for those unhoused or displaced due to hurricanes while maintaing social distancing
  • $33.7 million for Jefferson Parish: repayment will cover the costs the parish sustained while conducting sewer and sewage maintenance during Hurricane Ida
  • $5.3 million for St. Charles Parish: funding will allow the parish to recover costs spent on debris removal and road and vegetation clearing during Hurricane Laura

“These intersecting and overlapping disasters have brought enormous challenges to many Louisianians over the past two years,” Carter says. “This funding demonstrates the federal government’s commitment to helping Louisiana recover in the face of hurricanes and COVID-19.”

“Louisiana has been hit by disaster after disaster, but families in our state are strong,” Cassidy says in a press release. “This funding has been slow to come, but is welcome. There is still more work to fully recover.

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