Posted: Mar 22, 2010 6:20 PM by Letitia Walker
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A large number of Louisiana homeowners who
got up to $30,000 to raise their homes out of the danger from
floods after Hurricane Katrina have not jacked up their properties,
a federal housing inspector general has found.
A recent report by the inspector general's office for the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development found that 158 out of
199 properties it inspected had not been elevated - even though
they were supposed to and got about $3.8 million for the work.
Robin Keegan, a top state recovery official who oversees Road
Home, the state's home-rebuilding program, said the state was
"aware of the low compliance rate" with the elevation grants and
that it was taking action.
Since 2007, the Road Home has handed out $800 million in
elevation grants to 27,291 homeowners.