Recovery Housing Outreach Fair

BATON ROUGE, La. – State officials are hosting outreach fairs in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lake Charles this weekend in an effort to reach families who will transition off of the Disaster Housing Assistance Program on August 31, as well as those who are exiting the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s trailer housing.

While outreach efforts have been ongoing since the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development agreed to extend the program in February, some DHAP residents could not be contacted or have not reached out for further assistance.

“It is critical that everyone in DHAP and those who are leaving FEMA trailers learn about these programs that can assist their transition to permanent housing,” said Paul Rainwater, executive director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority. “With the last DHAP payments being made in August, and the FEMA trailer program having ended in May, we encourage anyone who does not have permanent housing in place to attend.”

The fairs will be held at the following times and locations:
• New Orleans
Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Lindy C. Boggs International Conference Center at UNO
2045 Lakeshore Dr.

• Baton Rouge
Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Independence Park, Room 137
7500 Independence Blvd.

• Lake Charles
Sunday, July 12, 1-5 p.m.
Lake Charles Civic Center
Jean Lafitte Room, 3rd Floor
900 Lake Shore Dr.

Participating state agencies include the Louisiana Recovery Authority, the Office of Community Development, Department of Social Services, Department of Health and Hospitals, Louisiana Workforce Commission and the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency. Representatives from HUD and FEMA will also be present.

Families who cannot attend a resource fair can call 1-866-808-3487 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to have their questions answered.

There are currently 12,085 DHAP families in the state, with the majority – 6,526 households – in Orleans Parish and the surrounding areas. Jefferson parish has 2,295 families; St. Bernard has 975. There are 558 families in East Baton Rouge Parish receiving DHAP assistance, and 279 in Calcasieu Parish.

Christina Stephens
Louisiana Recovery Authority

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