Jindal’s recovery program panned in audit


After months of reviewing the state’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, the Louisiana legislative auditor concluded that Gov.Bobby Jindal’s administration “has not effectively managed” its signature $750 million post-Katrina housing recovery effort.

Theauditor’s conclusion that the state’s Disaster Recovery Unit “lacks structure, guidance and monitoring” in processing and tracking Hazard Mitigation grants echoes complaints voiced for years by homeowners, lawmakers and program employees.

The program is essentially the successor of the $10 billion Road Home, the largest homeowner-aid program in U.S. history. Hazard Mitigation grants come from a batch of FEMA aid doled out by Congress in mid-2006. They have been offered to Road Home recipients since 2008 to cover home elevations and other storm-proofing measures that their Road Home grants couldn’t fully cover.


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