Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Road to Frustration Program continued...

I wrote some time ago about the Road to Frustration Program that our Governor Blanco is responsible for and that is in the hands of ICF to administer. My frustration with it continues.

The Road Home Program is designed to put over $8 Billion dollars into the hands of over 100,000 households to help them rebuild their flood and hurricane (Katrina and Rita) damaged homes. So far only 100 families have received money.

When I first filled out an online registration back in February, I was expecting money by August. When I filled out the online "application" several months later I adjusted my expectations and expected the money by November or this month.

I had a 2 hour meeting on September 21st for this program with an advisor. I then had a home inspection on October 9th. It is now December 14th and I have not received ANY additional correspondence from the program and have 4 calls unanswered.

The company administering the program (ICF) is being paid nearly $800 million dollars. It sure would be nice if they would do their job.

UPDATE 6/22/07: While standing on the White House lawn on Tuesday, June 19th, 2007, while waiting for Kermit Ruffins and his band to come back from their photo opportunity with President Bush, I received a phone call from the Road Home program reviewing the numbers with me, asking which option I was taking, and letting me know that I should receive a phone call within 3 weeks to schedule a closing. I actually received the call to schedule the closing on Thursday, June 21st, and my closing is scheduled for next week. I was told by the woman who scheduled my closing that I should have the money within 2 weeks after the closing. It has been a long, long, wait and there are still tens of thousands of more people waiting, but it will sure be a big relief when the money comes.

Did we really reelect William Jefferson?

You may have seen headlines that William Jefferson was reelected to the House of Representatives even though he is under a federal investigation and was found with $90,000 in marked bills in his freezer and videotaped taking those same bills from an FBI undercover agent.

What you may not know is that the Sherriff Harry Lee of Jefferson Parish (no, the parish was not named after William Jefferson) did not endorse Jefferson but told the voters to stay home if they were going to vote for Karen Carter. He was upset with her for her comments in Spike Lee's HBO documentary where she pointed out that New Orleanians were stopped at gunpoint by Jefferson Parish deputies from crossing the bridge during the hurricane to escape from the flooding. The congressman can also thank Ray Nagin and Derrick Sheppard for supporting him. Derrick Sheppard came in 3rd in the primary behind Jefferson and Carter and is counting on Jefferson's indictment to lead to a new election where he will have a better chance of winning.

We really are working for reform, improvement, and a decrease in corruption in our city and state. I hope that Congressman Jefferson spends whatever time in Washington that he has left continuing to work hard on the rebuilding of our great city.