The city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana will be receiving millions in federal grants to apparently combat climate change and set up “resiliency communities.”
New Orleans will be getting $141,260,569 in National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) funding to establish its first-ever “Resilience District” in the Gentilly neighborhood.
The funds will be used for “resilient housing and infrastructure projects in areas that were impacted by recent major disasters.” The HUD funding is going towards combating the issue of climate change, according to HUD Regional Administrator Tammye Treviño, who said that “Climate change is real and we must think more seriously about how to plan for it.”
As for the state, HUD is granting $92,629,249 for funding projects through the Louisiana Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments Program (LA SAFE).
“We greatly appreciate this targeted assistance from our federal partners,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “As our citizens know, we are committed to leveraging all available funding sources and to using the best scientific and engineering resources available to us in order to protect our coastal communities and industries, while emphasizing development in lower-risk areas.”
Landrieu announced last month that he would be dedicated at least $60 million towards “resiliency” projects in the city, saying that the money would be used to “address environmental challenges” facing the city.
Landrieu also visited Paris, France last month to meet with global community leaders to discuss climate change, along with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.