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Rule changes expected to boost Road Home program

3 years 9 months 3 weeks ago August 03, 2013 Aug 3, 2013 Saturday, August 03 2013 August 03, 2013 11:27 AM in News
By: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - Federal officials have approved three policy changes to the Louisiana Road Home program that will provide relief to families who have spent at least part their grant under the program but been unable to rebuild and reoccupy homes damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

Under rule changes approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the state agency administering the Road Home program is allowed to offer new grants to homeowners and write off outstanding debt in an effort to bring more homes into compliance with the state recovery program.

Pat Forbes executive director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development, tells The Advocate the changes should permit property owners to complete reconstruction of their homes.

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