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PA ID# 057-U2G3H-00; Bayou Civic Club, Inc.
PW ID# N/A; Request for Public Assistance
Citation: FEMA-1786-DR-LA; Bayou Civic Club, Inc. (Applicant)
Summary: The Applicant submitted a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) in 2008 for damages caused by Hurricane Gustav. The Applicant applied as a private nonprofit (PNP) facility listing “parish evacuation center/community park & civic center” as the facility’s main purpose on the PNP Questionnaire. The RPA was denied because the facility’s main purpose was recreational. In the first appeal, the Applicant stated that the same facility received funding from a 1985 declaration and included more information about facility activities. The FEMA Regional Administrator denied the first appeal because the current policy for PNP facilities lists recreational facilities as ineligible for funding. In the second appeal, the Applicant provided documentation of community center activities for 2008, the year of the declaration. FEMA Headquarters requested additional documentation from the Applicant in October 2010, and the Applicant submitted building plans for the entire facility November 17, 2010. The Applicant met with the Acting Director of the Public Assistance program in Washington, DC on February 25, 2011 and provided information to support their request in March 2011, including a comprehensive listing of all activities and a plat for the lot. The Applicant successfully demonstrated that the facility is primarily used for community center activities and not for recreational activities by listing the amount of time dedicated to all activities in the facility.
Issue: Is the Applicant an eligible PNP facility?
Finding: Yes. The Applicant provided sufficient evidence of eligibility as a PNP facility and community center.
Rationale: FEMA DAP 9521.3, Private Nonprofit (PNP) Facility Eligibility; dated July 18, 20007; FEMA DAP 9521.1, Community Center Eligibility, dated June 18, 2008.