WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRPROUD) — The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a total nearing $3 billion in Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funds are coming to Louisiana to help communities recover from disasters, move back into permanent housing, and build inclusive resilience to climate change.

The following funds will be distributed:

  • Louisiana will receive $1,272,346,000
  • Baton Rouge will receive $4,648,000
  • Lake Charles will receive $10,776,000

Announcement reactions from Louisiana leaders:

“Today’s announcement is yet another example of the federal government showing up for the people of Louisiana,” said Congressman Troy Carter. “This more than $1.27 billion infusion into our state will not only help communities rebuild and recover from Hurricane Ida and recent floods, but will help build long-term strength and resiliency in our systems. These funds, along with the Infrastructure Law, are historic investments for Louisiana. I am proud to have supported and voted for these efforts.”

“I contacted Sec. Fudge to personally thank her for this significant allocation that should provide Louisiana with an opportunity to implement a more effective, albeit late, recovery from Hurricanes Laura and Delta,” Gov. Edwards said. “I’m grateful to the Biden-Harris administration for their commitment to helping our communities and those around the nation recover from the impacts of these devastating storms. In addition, Louisiana will receive $1.27 billion for recovery from Hurricane Ida and other 2021 disasters. However, the need is much greater, which everyone we have spoken with in Washington acknowledges. We will continue working to secure that additional funding.” 

“Today’s announcement of an additional $1.7 billion in long-term recovery resources is welcome news,” said Congressman Clay Higgins. “This brings Louisiana’s total CDBG-DR allocation to over $2.3 billion with additional grant funding dedicated to Lake Charles and Baton Rouge. We have continued to push for additional disaster relief in Congress and have repeatedly called on HUD to prioritize Louisiana’s unmet needs as it allocated remaining disaster block grant funding. While this announcement delivers on those efforts, we still have work to do. We have been deeply involved in recovery efforts ever since Hurricane Laura’s landfall, and we will not stop working for Southwest Louisiana.”

“Louisiana families had so many needs after Hurricanes Laura, Delta, Ida and other storms hit,” said Senator John Kennedy. “One of the biggest needs for Lake Charles and south Louisiana continues to be housing. For more than a year, disaster victims have been enduring and rebuilding largely on their own. Last September, Congress passed a supplemental disaster relief bill with money to address housing needs in Louisiana, but—as of a few days ago—HUD still hadn’t sent our state officials the money. Earlier this month, I asked President Biden to hurry up and cut that check. I’m glad to tell you that it looks like he listened, and the aid is coming. Now—after months of delay—HUD is finally writing the check for that $1.7 billion, and the resilient people of our great state will finally receive that relief.”

“Within one month of Hurricane Ida’s landfall, we secured billions of dollars in federal funding to help south Louisiana recover and are continuing to work on more funds,” said Congressman Garret Graves. “This is welcomed news, but it shouldn’t have taken six months for the funds to be allocated. We have hurricane victims that needed these funds back in September when we passed the law. This is a great first step and down payment, but there remains more work to be done to get these funds in motion and to help those still struggling to recover from Hurricanes Laura, Delta and Zeta. We are approaching the 2022 hurricane season – we’ve got to get these funds moving as soon as possible before any storm inevitably barrels through the Gulf.”