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Broussard resident Randy Comeaux walks through his flood-damaged home on Feb. 3, 2017, after attending a public meeting of the Restore Louisiana Task Force in Youngsville, La. Comeaux has been paying out-of-pocket for an apartment for his family to live in during the repairs. He has flood insurance, but was relying on personal savings to supplement his unmet needs including rent, living expenses and some repair costs.

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK

When will Restore Louisiana Phase 3 folks start seeing their funds?

"The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program has received close to 42,000 surveys from homeowners across the state and is now processing more than 11,000 applications for homeowners in Phase 1, 2, and some of 3," says Shauna Sanford, the communications director for Gov. John Bel Edwards who forwarded the answers from the Restore Team.

"More than 500 of these homeowners — including individuals in Phase 3 — have received grant award acknowledgements, totaling more than $16 million. We are working to make additional applications available as quickly as possible so that more homeowners can continue the process of receiving recovery funds. By making these applications available in batches, we are ensuring that homeowners can be assisted with their applications as efficiently as possible.

"In addition, please know that Phases 1-6 are fully funded, so all homeowners in these program phases will be able to receive a grant award in accordance with the phase/tier they are eligible for."

And now, Phase 2 

My home on the inside is 99 percent complete after the flood and has been inspected by a Restore La. inspector. I am hoping to get reimbursement money so I can complete the outside work. Do you have any clue as to how long it will be before I know if I have been approved. I am in Phase 2.

"The status of individual awards through the homeowner assistance program depends on each homeowner’s specific circumstances," Sanford says.

"If anyone in the program has a question, they’re welcome to contact Restore Louisiana at Taskforce@restore.la.gov. We can also be reached by phone from 8 a.m.to 6 p.m. at (866) 735-2001 or by visiting one of our four housing assistance centers throughout the state, including 10000 Celtic Drive in Baton Rouge, from 8 a.m.to 6 p.m. When contacting the program, homeowners need their individual Restore Louisiana case number so our staff can provide the information."

Send your questions to Ask The Advocate, 10705 Rieger Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70809; or fax to Ask The Advocate, (225) 388-0371; or email asktheadvocate@theadvocate.com.