The city-parish is proposing to re-allocate some flood relief funds to provide more money to fix rental units.
Shortly after the storm, the city was promised $11.1 million from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Last year, municipal staff wanted to use some money to address homelessness and clear property titles, but most of the money would be split between repairing rental units and owner-occupied housing.
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Wednesday, the administration of new mayor-president Sharon Weston Broome proposed shifting more funding to fix small-scale rental properties. The proposal would provide up to $105,000 per unit in grants to try to help return to market properties with seven or fewer units. Non-profit developers could also apply for up to $65,000 in interest-free loans to make repairs.
The proposal notes that as of March 1, there were still 2,373 families staying in hotels, temporary apartments and mobile homes provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Those families need to be able to return to regular, unsubsidized housing, the proposal states.
It calls for spending on rental repair projects to increase from $3.7 million to $5.2 million. The money will come from cutting administrative costs and eliminating the title restoration program, since the state is loosening title requirements for aid and private donors are funding efforts to clear titles where needed, said assistant chief administrative officer Rowdy Gaudet.
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The city-parish also calls for a small cut to fixing owner-occupied housing. That $3.5 million portion of flood recovery will be limited to families that have mortgages backed through a city-parish Office of Community Development program. Assistance for other homeowners is available through other federal and state programs.
The city-parish will host two public meetings about the proposed changes — one on Thursday at the Eden Park Library on Greenwell Springs Road and the other Monday at the Carver branch on Terrace Street. Both meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m.