(WAFB) - Governor John Bel Edwards has announced the final deadline to complete the survey in order to participate in the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program.
Homeowners must complete the initial survey by Friday, July 20 in order to be eligible for assistance. Even if program rules are expanded, homeowners who do not complete the initial survey will not be considered for assistance.
For example, under current federal guidelines, many who were approved for SBA loans to repair their homes, whether they used all of the loan or not, are not eligible for assistance with the Restore LA program. However, in Congress changes this regulation, only those homeowners who have filled out the survey will be considered.
"I strongly encourage those homeowners impacted by the 2016 floods to take a few moments to complete the survey in order to participate in this program, if they have not already done so. We want to help as many as possible, but we need you to take the first step, especially as the new deadline quickly approaches. We are still awaiting clarification from the federal government on the duplication of benefits issue and should it favor the program, that will mean additional assistance, but we can't include those who have not completed the initial survey. This is why it's imperative for those homeowners who have not completed it to do so immediately," said Edwards.
Homeowners can complete the survey online here, or call 1-866-735-2001 to speak to a representative between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. A Housing Assistance Center is also open in Baton Rouge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.