The heartache and losses of Hurricane Katrina suffered by many friends, family and community motivated me to run for office in 2007. I hoped to have the opportunity to help guide the recovery.

As the first chairman of the Hurricane Recovery Committee, I fought to ensure the $13 billion that came to Louisiana for our communities and residents got to where they were promised: to the people rebuilding homes and businesses. Over 130,000 homeowners received Road Home grants worth almost $9 billion. Another $423 million turned over 8,800 small rental units back to livable housing. Over $1 billion was used for infrastructure projects and over $300 million for economic development grants, loans and training. Additional funds were used for other needs.

The Road Home program is still unfinished business. Nine years later, over $500 million still remains. More than 26,000 homeowners still have not completed the Road Home process. We have come a long way in nine years, and we are grateful for that, but there is work left to do.

Today, we remember those who lost loved ones, homes and businesses in Hurricane Katrina. And continue our spirited effort to make this the city we want.

Neil Abramson

Louisiana state representative, District 98

New Orleans