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Federal Judge Rules that Road Home Program is Likely Discriminatory; New Orleans City Council Adopts Resolution Urging State to Take Appropriate Action

Posted on 16. Aug, 2010 by

Last week, the New Orleans City Council unanimously adopted a resolution urging “the State of Louisiana immediately to take appropriate actions to implement the U.S. District Court ruling” issued by the honorable Judge Kennedy in August regarding the discrimination inherent to Louisiana’s Road Home Program. GNOFHAC sent a copy of the resolution to the state and to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan because they have the ability to fix the Road Home program at any time for both future and past participants. The state of Louisiana and HUD should use any remaining Road Home money to help families affected by the discriminatory formula get back into their homes.

On August 16, a federal court judge ruled that the Road Home housing program is likely discriminatory. With approximately 150,000 participants, the program is the largest single housing program ever undertaken by the federal government. It was designed to help Louisiana residents recover from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Judge Kennedy enjoined the program from using its discriminatory formula. His ruling will insure that future grant recipients are treated fairly. However, Judge Kennedy believes that the law doesn’t allow him to help families who have already received Road Home grants. GNOFHAC asked a federal appeals court to consider whether or not Kennedy can help the scores of thousands of families who have already received discriminatory grants from the program.

8-25-10 Learn more about the Road Home and why it is discriminatory here.

8-16-10 Read the nola.com article “Road Home’s grant calculations discriminate against black homeowners, federal judge rules” here.

8-27-10 Read the Washington Post article “Uneven Katrina recovery efforts often offered the most help to the most affluent” here.

8-27-10 Watch the CNBC segment “Rocky Road Home” here

8-31-10 Read the Miller-McCune article “No Port After the Storm” here

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