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Southern University hosts disaster recovery fair

7 years 9 months 4 days ago Saturday, October 15 2016 Oct 15, 2016 October 15, 2016 11:47 PM October 15, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - D'Andrea Lee is looking for help after the August flood forced her out of her home.

"I lived in my home for 20-years and I have never thought that this would happen," Lee said. She is among dozens of flood victims who attended the Disaster Recovery Fair at Southern University Saturday.

FEMA, The Small Business Administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development are just a few of the agencies at the fair offering to help connect to residents. Officials here say it's going to take a long time residents to get back on their feet after August's historic flooding.

"Initially people had to get though the shock of what happened and now resources are pouring in and people need to know where they can find resources," Chancellor of The Southern University Law Center John Pierre said.

Several agencies have also extended programs designed to help flood victims. Louisiana’s Shelter at Home program and FEMA's housing assistance program were extended. Both programs were set to expire this week.

"There's a lot of folks who will continue to need assistance," Darrell Habisch of FEMA said. "Their situation change daily, weekly and monthly especially in housing."

While Lee is still in need of assistance after being out of her home for 2-months,  she says the fair has finally put her in touch with the right agencies that will help her get back home.

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