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Friday marks the last day to complete the Restore Program's homeowner survey

July 19, 2018 - 7:31 pm

(WWL.com) - Friday is the deadline for Louisiana homeowners who had flood damage in 2016 to fill out a survey to participate in the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program. The governor’s Communications Director Shauna Sanford says 52,500 homeowners have completed the survey that can result in federal assistance for home repairs.

“It does not take very long. You can do it online, you can visit Restore.la.gov or you can call and take a survey over the phone.”

Sanford believes those that have not yet completed the survey are hesitant to do so, due to receiving other forms of government assistance.

“There are homeowners who have the SBA loan, who have been able to access assistance from the Restore program. So just having that SBA loan, does not make you ineligible for assistance from the Restore.”

Many recipients for SBA loans have not been able to access money from the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program. But Sanford says Congress could make changes to the guidelines, making more flood victims eligible for additional federal assistance.

“You have to be in the program, in order to potentially receive any benefits. That’s why we are again, encouraging folks out there to go ahead and take just a few moments to fill out that survey.”

Eligible homeowners have been offered grant awards totaling 348-million dollars through the Restore Homeowner Assistance Program. The survey can be found at restore.la.gov or call 1-866-735-2001.

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