Six months after Ida, a co-founder of the Louisiana Just Recovery Network reflects on the group’s effort to repair homes and train workers.
Half of last year’s billion-dollar disasters were in the South. Securing federal aid money can take months, and distributing it to people who need it the most can take much longer.
Some neighborhoods went without sanitation services for over a month after Hurricane Ida.
Louisiana’s coastal tribes have been left to navigate a complex bureaucracy of parish, state, and federal agencies in a moment of crisis.
The state’s coastal restoration plan is funded mostly by oil spill settlements—not royalties from offshore drilling.
The Hurricane Ida Sheltering Program aims to create temporary options closer to home as residents navigate federal aid programs.
The state’s unwavering support of the oil, gas, and chemical industries has made it difficult to reduce emissions, fund coastal restoration, or address extreme weather.