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The Road Home: Housing After the Storms (2006)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel, News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2006-05-17

Duration: 00:57:11

Subjects: Road Home (Program: La.) | Housing | Construction projects | Hurricanes | Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Hurricane Rita, 2005 | Disaster victims | Hurricane recovery | Louisiana Recovery Authority


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Associate Producer
  • Blanco, Kathleen Panelist
  • Leger, Walter Panelist
  • Bajoie, Diana Panelist
  • Jamieson, Gil Panelist
  • Kopplin, Andy Panelist
  • Landry, Dinah Speaker
  • Washington, Stacy Speaker
  • Allen, Nicole Speaker
  • Sonnier, Kristian Speaker
  • Davis, Jerrilynn Speaker
  • Duplessis, Ann Speaker
  • Mount, Willie Speaker


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from May 17, 2006, features a panel of experts answering questions on the Road Home, a program created by the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) to help victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita rebuild their homes. A background report providing an overview of the Road Home program precedes the question and answer session. The panel of experts are: Governor Kathleen Blanco; Walter Leger, the Chairman of the LRA Housing Task Force; State Senator Diana Bajoie, the Vice Chair of the Housing Task Force; Gil Jamieson, the FEMA Deputy Director for Gulf Coast Recovery; and Andy Kopplin, the Executive Director of the LRA. The panelists answer questions on the following topics: the eligibility requirements for the Road Home program; the process for calculating assistance benefits; the counseling available to participants in the program; the help available to renters; the housing options for first time homeowners; the process of selling a home and transferring the benefits to the new owner; the rising cost of labor and materials; the effect of the program on SBA loans; the lack of available contractors; and the appeals process for home appraisals and damage assessments. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Craig Freeman