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Louisiana Hurricane Laura (DR-4559-LA)

Incident Period: August 22, 2020 - August 27, 2020
Declaration Date: August 28, 2020

Map of Louisiana

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance Amount
Total Housing Assistance (HA) - Dollars Approved $162,853,813.18
Total Other Needs Assistance (ONA) - Dollars Approved $67,262,740.78
Total Individual & Households Program Dollars Approved $230,116,553.96
Individual Assistance Applications Approved 75823
Public Assistance Amount
Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated $169,851,609.17
Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated $876,588.01
Total Public Assistance Grants Dollars Obligated $171,731,234.45
Hazard Mitigation Assistance Amount
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) - Dollars Obligated $0.00

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Our teams are working hard to support state and local partners in response to Hurricane Laura. Visit our media collection to see more of their support in action.

Direct Temporary Housing 

The road to recovery for many Hurricane Laura and Delta survivors includes placement into temporary housing units.

A graphic of a road map explaining the direct temporary housing program for private sites from approval to move-in

Damage to the existing housing stock in Southwest Louisiana from hurricanes Laura and Delta severely limited the availability of alternative housing options for households whose homes were destroyed or made unlivable due to major damage. To help meet the housing needs, FEMA’s Direct Housing Program was implemented. FEMA prefers to place temporary housing units on individual private property owned by the applicant to keep households in their community and near their jobs, schools, churches and friends, while they rebuild their homes and lives. But the process of placing temporary units on properties takes time; Each installation is a construction project. 

The road to recovery for many Hurricane Laura and Delta survivors includes placement into temporary housing units, many of which are located in commercial parks.

DR-4559/4577 Direct Housing: Commercial Sites Graphic

Hurricanes Laura and Delta battered areas of Louisiana where available housing was already limited. To help meet the housing needs, as part of the Direct Temporary Housing Program, FEMA has identified a number of commercial parks with available pads throughout the affected areas to temporarily house displaced residents. 

How To Help 

Voluntary

Recovery will take many years after a disaster. Cash is the best way to help those in need.

Find a reputable organization through the National Voluntary Organizations Active in a Disaster (NVOAD) website.

Doing Business With FEMA

If you are interested in providing paid services and goods for Hurricane Laura relief, follow the steps on our Doing Business with FEMA page to get started.

Help After A Disaster 

I Applied For Assistance. What's Next?

You will receive notification letters from FEMA either by U.S. mail or by electronic correspondence. You may need to verify your identity or complete a home inspection. 

Learn About the Steps After Applying | Steps To Start Your Recovery Process

"Help After a Disaster" Brochures

Translated into 27 languages, the "Help After a Disaster" brochure is a tool that can be shared in your community to help people understand the types of FEMA Individual Assistance support that may be available in disaster recovery.

Download Brochures 

Tips for Rebuilding Stronger

Community Education Specialists are available to answer your repairing/rebuilding questions to make your home safer and stronger. Send your questions to FEMA-MitOutreach-4559@fema.dhs.gov

Click on https://fema.connectsolutions.com/lauramit for links to retrofitting & repairing your home.  Have questions on making repairs?  Call a Community Education Specialist at 866-579-0820, Monday through Friday, anytime between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CST.

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The fair is a collaborative, “one-stop-shop” effort of local, state and federal resources to help link survivors to recovery resources as they rebuild and repair their homes and lives after the 2020 hurricane season.

Designated Counties (Individual Assistance)

  • Acadia (Parish)
  • Allen (Parish)
  • Beauregard (Parish)
  • Caddo (Parish)
  • Calcasieu (Parish)
  • Cameron (Parish)
  • Grant (Parish)
  • Jackson (Parish)
  • Jefferson Davis (Parish)
  • La Salle (Parish)
  • Lincoln (Parish)
  • Morehouse (Parish)
  • Natchitoches (Parish)
  • Ouachita (Parish)
  • Rapides (Parish)
  • Sabine (Parish)
  • St. Landry (Parish)
  • Union (Parish)
  • Vermilion (Parish)
  • Vernon (Parish)
  • Winn (Parish)


Preliminary Damage Assessment Documents

Last updated April 10, 2021