HUD and Louisiana announce settlement agreement to end legal challenge to Road Home Program

July 09, 2011
Homeowners living in Cameron, Orleans, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard Parishes may be eligible for additional compensation under Louisiana’s Road Home Program under the terms of a settlement agreement announced yesterday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the State of Louisiana and plaintiffs in a federal housing discrimination lawsuit.
     HUD, Louisiana, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, National Fair Housing Alliance and others agreed to end a legal challenge to the State’s Road Home Program. Under the terms of the agreement, Louisiana will award an estimated $62 million under its new Blight Reduction Grant Adjustment Program. Additional assistance under this anti-blight effort will be awarded to approximately 1,300 homeowners in those four parishes who received compensation under Option 1 of the State’s Road Home Program based upon the pre-storm value of their damaged homes, and as a result still have not been able to repair and re-occupy their homes.
     “This agreement is a huge help to families who clearly want to get back into in their homes but continue to struggle to make the needed repairs to their properties,” says HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “While this additional compensation goes a long way to helping folks complete their recovery, we’re also going to make sure that those who left their blighted properties behind are held accountable.”