HUD secretary to tour Hurricane Ida destruction in New Orleans, Kenner on Friday – NOLA.com

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge plans to visit Kenner and New Orleans on Friday to see damage caused by Hurricane Ida. 

Fudge will tour the Westminster Tower senior apartments in Kenner at 11 a.m. followed by the Guste Senior Apartments in Central City an hour later. She will end her tour at New Orleans East Hospital at 2:25 p.m., a HUD spokesperson said Thursday. 

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She is expected to speak with residents and municipal officials on her tour. She will be joined by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, U.S. Reps. Steve Scalise of Old Jefferson and Troy Carter of New Orleans, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and parish presidents. 

Fudge plans to highlight disaster aid that HUD has provided to local communities in recent weeks. That includes 27 regulatory and administrative waivers of federal rules to help speed Louisiana’s recovery from the Category 4 storm. It’s one of the largest collections of waivers ever issued by the department at once. HUD is also providing immediate foreclosure relief and other assistance. 

Many senior living centers in the region are financed in whole or in part by HUD money. Their tenants were among some of the most vulnerable after Ida, as many could not cool their apartments, refrigerate some medications or use elevators after the power grid was damaged by the storm. 

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Their deaths have raised questions about whether city officials should have done more after the storm to provide resources to elderly and disabled residents, or whether their apartment managers had done enough to ensure their buildings had adequate backup power. The New Orleans City Council is weighing whether to force those managers to have backup generators and submit to routine inspections of their buildings. 

Confirmed by the Senate in March, Fudge is the first Black woman to lead HUD in more than four decades. Previously, she served as the U.S. representative for Ohio’s 11th District from 2008 to 2021 and before that was the first Black and first woman mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, from 2000 to 2008.

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