Repair Services for Shelter at Home, Louisiana
Project SummaryApproximately 100,000 residential dwellings located within the 20 federally declared disaster areas sustained flood‐related damage and were without power, hot water or necessary repairs required to make them safe for residents. While a portion of the property owners had the resources to make temporary or permanent repairs to their properties in the past week, many did not, leaving thousands of Louisiana residents without acceptable living conditions and many remain displaced from their residences.
Shelter at Home focused only on single-family owner occupied residential properties which can be quickly made habitable allowing individuals to return to their dwellings to shelter in place. The measures taken through the program was designed to halt the progression of deterioration of the dwelling as the result of the August 2016 Flood and provide minimal steps necessary to render the dwelling safe and sanitary to the extent possible. This program reduces the demand for more costly shelter options and allows individuals to return to their homes to commence restoration of their homes. Additionally, this program reduces the immediate public health and safety threat created by prolonged exposure to heat and the growth of mold; both of which worsen respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.