Audit outlines trouble with $75M hurricane program - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social

Audit outlines trouble with $75M hurricane program

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A new audit says homes in Louisiana's "Katrina cottages" program paid significantly more per house than other similar initiatives.

And in some instances, the audit says the homes were poorly constructed and families were forced to temporarily move out. The review of the problem-plagued $75 million program was released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office.

The Katrina cottages program was created after hurricanes Katrina and Rita to build housing for displaced families while studying ideas for alternative housing in hurricane-prone areas. But Louisiana's program - which built 461 homes at 12 sites - became a poster child for the slow pace of recovery.

The audit says the average cost per site was at least $53 per square foot more than housing of similar size built by other nonprofit organizations.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Shot fired next door kills boy, 7, eating snack at kitchen table

    Shot fired next door kills boy, 7, eating snack at kitchen table

    Monday, May 22 2017 7:13 PM EDT2017-05-22 23:13:10 GMT
    Dequante Hobbs (Source: Family photo)Dequante Hobbs (Source: Family photo)

    Lt. Emily McKinley with the Louisville Metro Police Department's Homicide Unit said shots were fired during a fight at a home behind the little boy's house in the 2100 block of West Madison Street. 

    more>>

    Lt. Emily McKinley with the Louisville Metro Police Department's Homicide Unit said shots were fired during a fight at a home behind the little boy's house in the 2100 block of West Madison Street. 

    more>>
  • Teens given no bond, charged with capital murder in kidnapping, death of 6-year-old

    Monday, May 22 2017 10:13 PM EDT2017-05-23 02:13:51 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    The three suspects arrested for the kidnapping and murder of 6-year-old Kingston Frazier are in court right now. Their court appearance was scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, May 22. 

    more>>

    The three suspects arrested for the kidnapping and murder of 6-year-old Kingston Frazier are in court right now. Their court appearance was scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, May 22. 

    more>>
Powered by Frankly