BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The state is welcoming public comment on how disaster recovery funds should be used.

Specifically, public comment will be open for feedback on Action Plan Amendment 2 for Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funding for disasters in 2020 and 2021, according to the Louisiana Office of Community Development (OCD).

“Funding awarded through the two new disaster recovery programs—the Hometown Revitalization Program and the Resilient Communities Infrastructure Program—will allow local governments to implement transformative projects and programs in previously under-invested communities, building resilience and economic vitality,” OCD Executive Director Pat Forbes said.

An action plan proposing how federal funds for Hurricanes Laura and Delta should be spent was published on April 1 and approved on July 14 by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), according to OCD. Louisiana published its first amendment to the original plan for a $1.27 billion allocation for Hurricane Ida and May 2021 flooding and a $450 million allocation for Hurricanes Laura and Delta. OCD said the amendment was approved by HUD on Sept. 20.

Public comment for the second amendment is set to end on Friday, Dec. 23 at 5 p.m. The action plan can be viewed online at www.doa.la.gov.

Three ways to submit public comment:

  • Emailing them to ocd@la.gov
  • Mailing them to Disaster Recovery Unit, P.O. Box 94095, 70804-9095, Attn: Janice Lovett; or
  • Faxing them to the attention of Janice Lovett at 225.219.9605.