GOHSEP Shelter at Home Program Louisiana
In August 2016, Southern Louisiana experienced a historic flood event. This event affected approximately 100,000 residential dwellings located within the 20 federally declared disaster areas. Many dwellings sustained flood-related damage and went for months without power, air conditioning, hot water or necessary repairs required to make them safe for residents. The flooding inside of homes ranged from a couple of inches of water to water up to the roofline.
While a portion of the property owners have had the resources to make temporary or permanent repairs to their properties, many residents did not have the resources to do so. This left thousands of Louisiana residents without acceptable living conditions and displaced from their residences.
The State of Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and Program Manager, AECOM, developed the Shelter at Home Program, which focused on making single-family owner occupied residential properties quickly habitable so that individuals can return to the dwellings to shelter in place.
Lemoine mobilized crews to start immediately in the repair program to halt the progression of deterioration of 1,100 dwellings and provide minimal steps necessary to render the dwellings safe and sanitary.