St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

State Holds Public Meeting on National Disaster Resilience Competition

State Holds Public Meeting on National Disaster Resilience Competition

Friday, March 13, 2015

St. John residents are invited to attend a State Public Meeting to discuss the National Disaster Resilience Competition on Wednesday, March 18 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Mathews Government Complex, 4876 Hwy 1, Mathews, La.

St. John the Baptist Parish is participating with the state Office of Community Development’s Disaster Recovery Unit and other state agencies, private organizations and Lafourche, Plaquemines and Terrebonne parish governments in applying for funds to help communities rebuild and increase their resilience. The funds are part of the $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition launched by HUD in September.

The state’s Phase I Application, which can be viewed at, http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/cdbg/DR/Isaac/IC_Resilience_Competition.htm, focuses on distressed areas that are most impacted by Hurricane Isaac in Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist and Terrebonne parishes.

Although St. John held a local meeting on Tuesday, March 10, residents who missed the meeting are encouraged to attend the State Public Meeting. “Input from residents is critical to our resiliency application and the overall process for obtaining funds,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “This is a competition and the fact that our residents are intimately involved in shaping the future of our community makes our application more attractive and improves our position to receive funds,” she added.

The comment period for the Phase I Application began March 6th and will end Friday, March 20 at 5:00 p.m. For questions about the Phase I Application or the State Public Meeting, please contact Mathew Sanders with OCD-DRU at 504-556-9787 or Mathew.sanders@la.gov.

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