LC Housing Authority finally gets insurance money one year after Laura – American Press


More than a year after Hurricane Laura, the Lake Charles Housing Authority has finally received the insurance money and is awaiting contracts to repair three social housing units, Ben Taylor, director of the authority, said on Wednesday.

Willow Manor, Woodway Park and Greinwich Village all received insurance money, Taylor said. While most of the funds for mitigation costs have already been paid, the problem is the pace of securing funding to begin repairs, he said. Other homes are still waiting to receive money from insurance companies.

“You are dealing with two groups that pay slowly – FEMA and the insurance companies,” Taylor said. “I just wish the process would go faster.”

At Willow Manor on Hickory Lane, $ 589,000 in roofing and renovations is expected to begin soon, Taylor said. Owned and managed by the housing authority, it includes 10 duplexes, or 20 apartments, intended for people with reduced mobility. Six units at Willow Manor are currently occupied with the remaining 14 being destroyed to the crampons, he said.

Installing the roof on all 50 duplexes and single-family units in Woodway Park near East McNeese Street will cost more than $ 208,000, Taylor said. He said the units were flooded after the historic May rainfall.

Greinwich Village is also suffering $ 469,700 in roof repairs to 114 units, Taylor said. Currently, 34 percent of these units are occupied.

Unlike a single homeowner who purchased a policy with a single insurance company, Taylor said most housing authorities insure their homes through the Louisiana Housing Council pool. Another insurance company will cover different amounts of damages. Because units at Lake Charles suffered $ 9.3 million in damage from Hurricanes Laura and Delta, the February ice storm, and the May flooding, many insurance companies have to contend with it, a t -he declares.

“At each level we have to face a different group of adjusters,” he said.

As of Oct. 7, 157 of Lake Charles’s 463 social housing units, or 34%, are currently occupied, Taylor said. Before Hurricane Laura, 441 homes, or 95%, were occupied.

Meanwhile, there continues to be a shortage of private Section 8 housing in Lake Charles. Before Hurricane Laura, 1,141 dwellings were occupied. Currently there are 828 units, but 116 or 14 percent are local residents who are under the Housing Choice Voucher program, but currently live elsewhere, including out of state.

Due to a severe housing shortage after the hurricanes, Taylor said the authority had changed its occupancy policy to allow “good laptops” so residents whose homes were severely damaged by hurricanes can live. in other locations that meet certain program conditions.

“The farthest person is in Alaska,” he said. “They’re in California, the Denver area, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, and all over Texas. There are a bunch of people in the Dallas and New Orleans areas, but we haven’t heard anything about how they got out after Hurricane Ida.

Despite being a long way from Lake Charles, Taylor said many residents want to return once there are accommodations available. Section 8 housing units must pass inspection by the housing authority in order for them to be occupied, he said.

“The longer they stay away, the less likely this is to happen,” he said. “The key is to get these units back so they can come back. If they don’t come back I’m sure there will be other qualified people who will use them.

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