NEW ORLEANS, La. ?-- The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently announced approximately $400,000 to the New Orleans Health Corporation for contents damaged during Hurricane Katrina at two of its clinic locations on Florida Avenue and Caffin Avenue where the nonprofit corporation leased space prior to the storm.
"The mission of the NOHC is to provide quality healthcare to New Orleans' lower income population," said FEMA's Louisiana Recovery Office Deputy Director of Programs Andre Cadogan. "This grant further helps the nonprofit to carry out such vital services by assisting them to return to their full pre-Katrina capacity."
Specifically, FEMA's recent grant comes as an "improved project," enabling the nonprofit agency to consolidate contents lost at the two pre-Katrina clinic sites into one larger recovery project versus individual ones.
Cadogan added, "This basically supports the NOHC's wishes to replace damaged contents in a more efficient and flexible manner. They will not be limited to buying new contents item by item."
FEMA's approach ? allowing applicants to consolidate funding to best meet their post-Katrina rebuilding needs ? was first developed and utilized by the agency in 2007. The more progressive and forward leaning federal assistance policies give public assistance applicants the ability to maximize grant dollars when rebuilding.
With FEMA's funding assistance, the NOHC will replace damaged and destroyed Katrina items with like items within two general categories ? medical and office equipment/supplies. ??
To date, FEMA has obligated approximately $6 billion in Public Assistance funding for Katrina and Rita related recovery work throughout the city of New Orleans.
When FEMA approves projects through its supplemental Public Assistance grant, the funds are made available to the Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, who disburses them to the applicant for eligible work completed.
The Public Assistance program works with state and local officials to fund recovery measures and the rebuilding of government and certain private nonprofit organizations' buildings, as well as roads, bridges and water and sewer plants. In order for the process to be successful, federal, state and local partners coordinate to draw up project plans, fund these projects and oversee their completion.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.