Louisiana Road Home - 3 years, 6.4 BILLION to Disperse 1.5 Billion of Relief.
- Louisiana Road Home - 3 years, 6.4 BILLION to Disperse 1.5 Billion of Relief.
by Ed Ward, MD Sunday, Jul. 12, 2009 at 9:43 PM
It's got to be a Louisiana Graft - Corruption - Fraud Record
Louisiana Road Home - 3 years, 6.4 BILLION to Disperse 1.5 Billion of Relief. It's got to be a Louisiana Graft - Corruption - Fraud Record.
"LRA spokeswoman Christina Stephens offered assurances that the program will meet its obligations. "Right now, we feel good we'll be able to fund what we need to fund with the money we have, ..." http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20090409/HURBLOG/904099997?Title=State-raises-cap-on-home-elevation-grants-to-100-000
"...including $7.9 billion for the Road Home program, which provided cash grants to people whose homes were damaged in the flooding." http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/05/us/05louisiana.html
April 9, 2009 - "The Road Home has paid $772 million to 26,680 homeowners so far." http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20090409/HURBLOG/904099997?Title=State-raises-cap-on-home-elevation-grants-to-100-000
"Once the state persuaded Congress to send another $3 billion to bail out Road Home, and grant payout projections proved too high, officials decided the program had $1 billion to restore the financing of elevation grants." http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20090409/HURBLOG/904099997?Title=State-raises-cap-on-home-elevation-grants-to-100-000
LRA - "The citizens of Louisiana can be proud of what has been established in such a short period of time."http://www.kplctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=5390496
Who wouldn't want that contract? Who couldn't do a better job for MUCH LESS THAN THE 6.4 BILLION COST?
"Unfairly treated applicants include the following."
"Road Home Program applicants who were:
left in limbo in dispute resolution, appeals, or the PAL mediation for more than 4 months;
trying to appeal an RH mistake but not being allowed to;
having to appeal without important documents being accepted or considered by RH looked that would show a mistake in your grant;
having an appeal denied but RH has not given a specific reason;
told or read the state's wrong appeal decision on their grant was final or that if they lost a lawsuit and appeals they would have to pay the state's attorneys fees;
discouraged from appealing because of misinformation from an ICF or RH person;
in limbo with their application made inactive with no notice when this was done or explanation;
in limbo their application put in dispute resolution even though they were not disputing the grant amount;
underfunded by RH doing additional determinations of their pre-storm value or estimated cost of damage after notifying the applicant of their award amount without the applicant requesting these and then having the grant amount decreased due to these new determinations;
having to appeal without a copy of the applicant's file and thereby not being able to appeal effectively;
being denied written information about the amount of the grant or why an appeal or dispute was denied;
being forced to give up an appeal in progress to get an elevation grant;
being told that the applicant was qualified for an additional compensation grant for low-income applicants and later told that they were not qualify despite giving accurate information to RH;
underfunded because the grant amount decreased from what was in the grant announcement at or just before closing without an adequate explanation;
being denied a full copy of the applicant's own file;
being told that their letters or papers were lost and asked to resend the same information or documents more than twice;
in limbo with obvious uncorrected mistakes in the determination of :
o estimated cost of damage,
o the subtraction of insurance or FEMA benefits when they were not for structural damage,
o the pre-storm value that you were not able to appeal;
waiting for more than 6 months for a specific answer:
o about denial of a grant that you can prove you should get according their rules,
o about still waiting for an elevation grant that you can prove you should get according their rules,
o promised funds won on appeal,
o about a mistake that RH made in the calculation of the applicant's grant."
"Ehrlich further encouraged homeowners to take the extra step of requesting access to their entire Road Home file. Some applicants who have managed to see their files have discovered that Road Home was collecting multiple estimates of their home's pre-storm value -- and using the lowest one to calculate their award, even though official program policies said the highest one was supposed to be used, Ehrlich said.
She said she's been gathering dozens of examples of applicants who were denied their right to their files -- sometimes, apparently, because they didn't refer to the specific policy change that allowed them to do it. She said anyone requesting their full file should reference policy CP-189(a) to hold the Road Home to the new disclosure rules." http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2008/03/elevation_grant_rules_change.html
Ed Ward, MD