Monday, October 27, 2008

Road Home Applicants have One Week Left to Return Benefit Selection Forms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

October 27, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT:

Christina Stephens
Louisiana Recovery Authority
225.603.3896
christina.stephens@la.gov

Road Home Applicants have One Week Left to Return Benefit Selection Forms

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Road Home applicants who have not returned their benefit option letter, which indicates to the program their decision about what to do with their homes, have only one more week to do so.

The deadline to return the Benefit Selection Form, commonly called the "yellow letter," to the Road Home program is November 1, 2008. All forms must be post-marked by this date.

Road Home deadlines announced earlier this summer were cancelled at the end of August. Aside from the Nov. 1 deadline to return Benefit Selection Forms, the only deadlines remaining in the program are regular timelines related to the appeals process. As many as 1,200 homeowners may be affected by this November 1 deadline.

"If you haven't returned your letter, if you have questions about your option selection or if you need assistance making a final decision, now is the time to contact the program," said Paul Rainwater, executive director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority. "We cannot move your Road Home application forward until you notify the program of your decision of what to do with your home."

Homeowners who do not return their benefit selection forms or call the program to verbally select an option by this deadline will no longer be eligible for the Road Home program. The state expects that some applicants may have chosen not to participate in the program without notifying the Road Home. These applicants are asked to inform the state of this by returning their Benefit Selection Form and indicating that they wish to decline their grant.

In August, the Road Home program held outreach sessions across South Louisiana that served more than 4,200 homeowners; more than one third of these applicants were able to move forward in the process at these events.

In September, the program also called applicants to remind them of the deadline and assist them with their selection, if necessary. More than 600 people moved forward based on those calls.

Homeowners with questions about their files can call the Road Home hotline at 1-888-762-3252 (TTY: 1-800-566-4224) or call the Road Home representative who has been handling their case. For more information, visit www.road2la.org.

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