Posted: Oct 6, 2010 3:46 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - State officials say more than 1,200 grants from the Road Home program can now be paid, thanks to a clarification of a ruling by a federal judge in Washington.
The program provided money to rebuild or buy out property damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The Times-Picayune reports that some payments were held up after U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy ruled in August that it was discriminatory to use housing market values to calculate "Option 1" Road Home grants meant for rebuilding. But the state said his order also kept them from paying to buy homeowners out. The newspaper reports that Kennedy has now made it clear he only
intended to affect initial rebuilding grants, and that the state now plans to resume buyout payments that had been held up.