The Isle de Jean Charles Resettlement Project is a federally funded, first-of-its kind initiative to relocate the entire population of Isle de Jean Charles, a small settlement on the coast of Louisiana. Due to myriad environmental factors, the island has experienced 98 percent land loss since 1955.
The project is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s National Disaster Resilience Competition. NDRC was announced in 2014 to make a $1 billion investment in communities struck by presidentially-declared major disasters occurring since 2011. With help from The Rockefeller Foundation, this competitive grant program funded innovative resilience projects that better prepare communities to handle future extreme events.
On Sept. 17, 2014, HUD officially launched the competition, and Louisiana began the application process on March 26, 2015. Click here to learn more about the application process and to view the application documents.
After the competitive multi-phase application process, Louisiana was named one of 13 states and municipalities to be awarded a piece of this funding. The Louisiana Office of Community Development received $92.6 million in NDRC funding to support the Isle de Jean Charles Resettlement Project and the Louisiana Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments Program.
The resettlement project demonstrates the state’s profound understanding of our challenges and a determination to tackle them head-on through resilience planning.
The following collection of links is intended for background and research purposes. The Louisiana Office of Community Development makes no claim as to the veracity or accuracy of any views contained herein.
Folklife in Louisiana
This essay describes the diverse American Indian population in Louisiana, with write-ups about each tribe that calls Louisiana home.
Newspapers and periodicals in Louisiana have told the story of Isle de Jean Charles for decades. This link contains scans of many of these articles. Contact us for more information about the source material.
State Library of Louisiana
Follow this link to a searchable database of resources found at the State Library of Louisiana’s Louisiana State Documents Digital Archives.
Ellender Memorial Library
Nicholls State University in Thibodaux is the closest university to Isle de Jean Charles, and has a large collection of resources related to the folklore, history, geography, languages and culture of the Cajun, American Indian and other peoples of the Bayou region.
Terrebonne Parish Library
The public library system in in Terrebonne, the parish (county) containing the Isle de Jean Charles community.
Hill Memorial Library
This closed-circulation library at LSU in Baton Rouge is the first stop for most researchers searching for rare books, manuscripts or special collections relating to Louisiana history.