How to Apply

The program is currently accepting applications from current permanent, primary IDJC residents or any past permanent, primary residents as of Aug. 28, 2012 (Hurricane Isaac’s landfall in Louisiana). Applications for people who lived on the island before Isaac will open in the future.

RESETTLEMENT FUNDING

  • To schedule an appointment call 833.632.2976 or email isledejeancharles@la.gov
    • Current island residents may schedule an appointment for program representatives to visit their on-island property or visit a program office
    • Past island residents may schedule an appointment at a program office
  • Walk-in applicants are welcome
  • Review the Application Document Checklist to gather any required documentation
  • If you would like to review the application prior to scheduling an appointment, it is available for download here

Office Locations and Hours

MONDAY–THURSDAY
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Catholic Charities Building
1220 Aycock St.
Houma, LA 70360

Expressing interest in and/or completing an application for the IDJC Resettlement Program does NOT commit or bind an individual to participation in the program.

ELIGIBILITY AND BENEFITS

The Resettlement options are first available to residents currently living on the island and those displaced since Hurricane Isaac’s landfall in 2012 who do not own an off-island home. The state also anticipates that former permanent island residents displaced before Hurricane Isaac will be able to rejoin the Isle de Jean Charles community at the new site if they lived in a program eligible parish (Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Terrebonne) at the time of Hurricane Isaac.

A NEW HOME
IN THE NEW COMMUNITY
AVAILABLE BENEFIT

Eligible households will receive a new housing unit built at the community resettlement site.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Current permanent, primary residents on the island.

or

Past permanent, primary residents who do not currently own an off-island home and:

  • lived on the island on Aug. 28, 2012 (Hurricane Isaac), have been displaced since that time and currently live in a program eligible parish.

or

  • lived in a program eligible parish on Aug. 28, 2012, lived on the island after that time and currently live in a program eligible parish.
A
An Existing Home
in Louisiana
AVAILABLE BENEFIT

Eligible households will receive funding toward an existing home within Louisiana that meets program standards, is located outside the currently recognized 100-year floodplain and is separate from the community resettlement site.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Current permanent, primary residents on the island.

or

Past permanent, primary residents who do not currently own an off-island home and:

  • lived on the island on Aug. 28, 2012 (Hurricane Isaac), have been displaced since that time and currently live in a program eligible parish.

or

  • lived in a program eligible parish on Aug. 28, 2012, lived on the island after that time and currently live in a program eligible parish.
D
A Vacant Lot
in the New Community
AVAILABLE BENEFIT

Eligible households will receive a vacant lot on the resettlement site. The program will support residents in identifying potential financing options to build a home on the community resettlement site.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Past permanent, primary residents displaced from the island before Aug. 28, 2012 (Hurricane Isaac), who lived in a program eligible parish at the time of the storm, currently reside in a program eligible parish and can demonstrate financial ability to build a new home.

or

Past permanent, primary residents displaced on or after Aug. 28, 2012 who currently own an off-island home.

Eligible applicants will be prioritized based on when they lived on the island.

Application period to open at a later date.

B

If properties remain after earlier portions of the program conclude, those properties will be processed in a manner consistent with CDBG requirements while taking community needs into consideration.

The graphic below provides a flowchart regarding Resettlement options based on a variety of situations and questions.