Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Office of Community Development will hold a public meeting today from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at BREC Headquarters at 6201 Florida Blvd. in Baton Rouge.

The meeting will give area residents an opportunity to view and comment on the homeowner, renters and small business flood-recovery assistance programs that were recommended earlier by the Restore Louisiana Task Force. The action plan can be found online here.

The assistance programs are funded through an initial $438 million federal appropriation through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. After the official public comment period ends Jan. 3, the state will submit the plan to HUD for final federal approval.

The Office of Community Development is the state agency working with the Restore Louisiana Task Force to coordinate flood-recovery efforts 

The Restore Louisiana Task Force comprises 21 individuals from throughout the state who were appointed by Gov. John Bel Edwards to oversee the rebuilding process after historic flooding in March and August 2016 impacted 51 parishes. The Task Force’s mission is divided into six categories: community planning, economic, health and social services, housing, infrastructure and natural and cultural resources. For more information, visit restore.la.gov.