Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation
A Policy Agenda for Achieving Equitable Development in Louisiana
PRINCIPLE 1: Ensure that all residents can live incommunities of opportunity.
Support robust affordable housing programs andpolicies for the state’s workers and families.Take concrete steps to eliminate discrimination inrental and homebuyer markets.
PRINCIPLE 2: Equitably distribute the amenitiesand infrastructure investments that make allcommunities livable.
Use infrastructure investments as opportunities toincrease physical access to opportunities for low-income communities—transit access, quality schools,and job centers.
PRINCIPLE 3: Prioritize health and safety concerns.
Create incentives for the location of quality grocerystores and produce markets in poor neighborhoods.Remove garbage facilities, toxic waste dumps, andlandﬁlls from low-income neighborhoods.Locate parks and bike and pedestrian paths toincrease access to physical activities.
PRINCIPLE 4: Ensure responsible resettlement orrelocation for displaced Gulf Coast residents.
Provide appropriate and sufﬁcient resources fordisplaced residents trying to return home.Expand the types of transitional housingarrangements and supports for displaced families.
PRINCIPLE 5: Restore and strengthen the capacity ofcommunity-based organizations in Louisiana.
Allow nonproﬁt organizations to compete for asubstantially larger proportion of governmentresources.Increase the technical assistance and resources toorganizations assisting Road Home clients and otherresidential property owners.
PRINCIPLE 6: Create wealth-building opportunities toeffectively address poverty.
Expand the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to10 percent of the federal EITC.Expand the Individual Development Account programto encourage saving for homes, education, andentrepreneurship.
PRINCIPLE 7: Strengthen the political voice ofdispersed and low-income residents.
Facilitate the voting of displaced residents.Engage residents to have a real say in how programsare designed.
PRINCIPLE 8: Create a system for meaningful,sustained community oversight of the multibilliondollar federal investment that will be spent by bothprivate and public sectors.
Ensure that all recovery and non-recoveryinfrastructure investments are awarded in atransparent manner and include enforceablebenchmarks for community beneﬁts (jobs, communityamenities, etc).
PRINCIPLE 9: Leverage rebuilding expenditures tocreate jobs with livable wages that go ﬁrst to localresidents.
Ensure all major development projects havehigher local hiring and small business utilizationrequirements.Create targeted jobs program in key redevelopmentindustries.
PRINCIPLE 10: Develop a communications andtechnology infrastructure to facilitate informationﬂow to people who are recovering and rebuilding.
Increase coordination among federal, state, andlocal agencies and nonproﬁts to streamline recoveryservices through key information networks.Support comprehensive resources such asLouisianaRebuilds.info to provide useful informationto the recovery.