Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco recently outlined a $7.5 billion draft proposal for housing assistance for underinsured and uninsured homeowners.
According to the Associated Press, among the key points are:
–The plan hinges on $4.2 billion in federal aid that Congress still needs to approve.
–The proposal includes help for rebuilding, repairing, relocating within Louisiana or buyouts.
–Assistance is capped at $150,000 per home and is calculated based on the pre-storm value of the home.
–Homeowners without flood insurance who were in the floodplain face a 30 percent penalty.
–FEMA repair assistance and insurance proceeds would be deducted to calculate the aid.
–Buyouts would be made at 60 percent of the pre-storm value of the home, not to exceed $150,000.
–Homeowners must have $5,200 in uninsured home damage to be eligible.
–Assistance can include direct grants and varying types of loans.
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