Controversial Road Home letters the subject of public meeting


Posted on February 24, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 1:24 PM

Antwan Harris / Eyewitness News
Email: | Twitter: @antwanharris

NEW ORLEANS -- A state legislative committee will meet Monday night in New Orleans to talk about controversial Road Home letters.

The meeting comes after an Eyewitness New investigation found that homeowners who used the grants properly were being asked to pay back the money.

For some homeowners this ordeal has been a nightmare because they played by the rules, used the money they way they were supposed to, and still received one of the letters asking them to repay the money.

The Road Home Program was a $10 billion initiative to help people rebuild their homes after Hurricane Katrina destroyed most of the area.

The program initially helped thousands of residents, but dozens of homes have been left blighted across the area.

Eyewitness News began looking into the issues surrounding the program when dozens of residents started receiving letters saying they owed thousands of dollars in back-pay from the loans.

The issues also affected Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell who received four letters and was so frustrated she called the Monday meeting to figure out what options are available to recipients of the loans and how the state of Louisiana can help iron out the controversial issues affecting home owners and make sure mistakes in the initial process are corrected.

The meeting will be held Monday in the New Orleans City Council chambers.

The meeting is open to the public and Road Home grant recipients are strongly encouraged to attend.