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LRA Sets Aside Funds to Help Some Louisiana Chinese Drywall Victims

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The Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) yesterday voted unanimously to back a $5 million plan to help Road Home program recipients who have tainted Chinese drywall.

Earlier this summer, the Louisiana legislature had mandated that the LRA create a $5 million initiative to help drywall victims. In October, the LRA approved Action Plan Amendment No. 37, which created the initiative. Yesterday’s decision sets the funding for the program aside.  Only people who received aid through the Road Home program will be eligible for the funds.  The aid package still must be approved by the Louisiana legislature and federal authorities before it can begin.

According to a report on WWLTV.com, funds for the program won’t be dispersed until the federal government devises protocols for how to properly test and fix homes with Chinese drywall.  It’s doubtful that will happen this year.

While Louisiana is the only state so far to set aside funds for Chinese drywall victims, WWLTV.com said that state officials acknowledge that the $5 million won’t go very far.  They are hoping that the federal government will implement a large scale program to help Chinese drywall homeowners throughout the country.

TThe LRA was established in 2005 following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and provided funds through the Road Home program to residents for rebuilding. Much of the rebuilding done with Road Home funding involved the use of Chinese drywall.

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