Jan 15, 2010 10:51 PM by Jim Hummel
Vice President Joe Biden, his wife Dr. Jill Biden, and U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu paid a visit to Cameron Parish today. The three discussed hurricane recovery progress before a small, intimate crowd of senior citizens at the Grand Lake Elderly Apartments.
The complex just opened in August 2009, and was funded through hurricane recovery grants. Most residents at the complex are life-long residents of Cameron Parish, many of whom just moved back for the first time since being displaced by Hurricane Rita.
"You made it back, some of you never left, some had to leave, but you came back," Vice President Biden said.
The vice president's trip wasn't all just about progress that's been made. Biden announced a new program aimed at keeping recovery efforts alive in areas still on the rebound.
"Our Administration opened up an application process for loan cancellation, put it this way, if you're still rebuilding, and you still need the money here, we're going to see to it that you don't have to pay back the money," Biden said.
The loan forgiveness program applies to Community Development Loans. $1.2-billion in loans were given out to over 100 municipalities statewide, including Cameron Parish.
"We need those funds for other things," said Cameron Parish Administrator Tina Horn.
According to Horn, Cameron Parish has several million dollars in CDL's. She says she's thrilled that the parish will be able to use the money to further recovery efforts.