Three Months Since Ida, Over $2.5 Billion in Federal Assistance for Louisianans

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December 1, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. – It’s been three months since Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana as the fifth-strongest hurricane to ever strike the U.S. As Louisianans rebuild, over $2.5 billion in federal grants, loans and flood insurance payments support their ongoing recovery.

Major Accomplishments

Over $2.5 billion in federal assistance has been provided to survivors to date, including

  • $1.1 billion in low-interest Small Business Administration loans for families and businesses.
  • $580 million in housing assistance for homeowners and renters.
  • $441 million for other needs assistance, including medical bills, vehicle replacement, and cleaning.
  • $513 million in National Flood Insurance Program claims.
  • $2.7 million for Disaster Unemployment Insurance claims.


  • 25 Disaster Recovery Centers established across Louisiana, 8 of which are still open, operating, and available to assist survivors.
    • Over 552,000 Louisianans have been approved for individual assistance, while FEMA staff have knocked on 186,000 doors in disaster-affected parishes.
  • At the peak, 22,183 survivors were temporarily sheltered in hotels and other transitional lodging.
  • FEMA Mitigation Specialists have offered free rebuilding and repair advice to over 14,608 survivors.
  • 152,142 survivors received expedited rental assistance for utility outages, inaccessible or damaged dwellings.
    • 96,941 were lower income applicants who would have otherwise received delayed assistance or no assistance at all.
  • $27.8 million in public assistance grants currently obligated for local governments and nonprofits.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Blue Roof Mission 

  • 33,625 “Blue Roofs” installed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, allowing survivors to live safely in their damaged residences while making permanent repairs.
    • USACE, in cooperation with the FEMA and the state of Louisiana, launched a pilot program to explore temporary roofing options for homes that were otherwise ineligible for Blue Roofs.
      • The program, called Roof Wrap, focused on using shrink wrap materials that are installed under the roof via furring strips, then heated to shrink the material and create a water-tight seal.
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