WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVUE) - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro reaffirmed Tuesday his agency's commitment to the Gulf Coast.
As the ten year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, Castro laid out HUD's progress in helping New Orleans families devastated by the storm.
Castro remembered Katrina and its victims at a news conference in Washington, D.C., but also remembered facts about the human toll of storm.
At least 1,800 people lost their lives and millions of people were displaced across five states.
The region experienced $150 billion in economic damages.
"As long as there are people who want to come home and communities that need to be rebuilt, our job is not done. That's the true meaning of commemoration," Castro said.
Castro is especially proud of the renovations of the big four housing developments in New Orleans.
More than 3,000 families were displaced from New Orleans public housing, But now the city boasts four new attractive, mixed-income developments.
"The New Orleans housing authority, once beset by mismanagement, has made an impressive turnaround and was returned to local control in 2014," Castro said.
HUD provided compensation for 158,000 households along the Gulf Coast, helped 2,900 families buy new homes, and created 36,000 new units of affordable housing.
He said more than a dozen hospitals and clinics have also been put back on line with HUD funding.