Proposal: Let Parishes Administer Rebuilding Aid

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Rather than set up a Road Home-style program for victims of hurricanes Gustav and Ike, the Louisiana Recovery Authority is proposing letting affected parishes handle programs for housing and infrastructure rebuilding locally.

Under the plan, the state would outline uses for funds and let local leaders set priorities for those. The plan is set to go before the agency's board next week.

The public will get to comment before a final plan is delivered to the board, state and federal officials for approval.

The state doesn't know how much it will get of the $6.5 billion in federal grant dollars set aside for states affected by last month's hurricanes. But officials want plans and approvals in place to not slow recovery.

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