Saturday, November 11, 2006

Slow "Road Home" [?]

Here's something from today's NYT:

The $7.5 billion program to rebuild Louisiana by helping residents repair or replace their flooded homes has gotten off to a slow start, frustrating government officials and outraging many homeowners who say they are still in limbo 14 months after Hurricane Katrina hit.

Though nearly 79,000 families have applied to the program, called the Road Home, only 1,721 have been told how much grant money they will receive. And just 22 have received access to the cash, which was provided by federal taxpayers and is being distributed by the state.

Many hopes have been pinned on the Road Home program, which is widely considered the most important factor in rebuilding the ruined neighborhoods of New Orleans and is also meant to start an economic boom in southern Louisiana.
Update: On the other hand, the T-P says:

The number of storm-affected families winning approval for rebuilding grants through Louisiana's Road Home program has tripled in the past week, and officials said Friday that they expect to meet Gov. Kathleen Blanco's goal of approving 10,000 grants by the end of the month.