$25 Million Later, Katrina Groups Say They're Half Finished - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

$25 Million Later, Katrina Groups Say They're Half Finished

EW ORLEANS (RNS) -- Leaders of a consortium of Katrina relief groups say they are approaching a milestone in recovery efforts, having distributed $25 million in money, muscle and construction material to about 1,000 families around New Orleans in the four years since Hurricane Katrina.

Even so, they estimate the region's recovery is only at the halfway point, at best.

And as the big private donations that marked 2006 and 2007 taper off, the consortium of mostly church-related agencies is positioning itself to continue its work with upcoming state and federal grants.

To be sure, $25 million is a small fraction of the total outpouring of private aid that flowed, and still flows, into the region since Katrina roared ashore in August 2005.

An accurate calculation of the total private relief figure is largely unknowable, some relief managers say.

But $25 million is the value of volunteer aid, materials and donations the partnership believes it has supplied to about 1,000 families, said Tom Costanza, its board chairman.

The consortium is called the Greater New Orleans Disaster Recovery Partnership, or GNODRP. In speech, members refer to it by its inelegant acronym: "No-drip." Like much else after Katrina, the agency is unprecedented, Costanza said.

After most natural disasters, private, nonprofit relief organizations create county-based roundtables to coordinate their work and share resources. But the devastation from Katrina was so vast that Catholic, Mennonite, Salvation Army and other faith-based relief groups linked up with big secular partners such as the Red Cross to form a kind of super-roundtable.

Typically, participating disaster agencies such as the United Methodist Committee on Relief or Lutheran Disaster Response helped families from their own resources wherever possible.

But they also brought money and the promise of construction material and volunteers to the roundtable as well, prepared to donate them to other agencies with needy clients, said Costanza, a Catholic relief worker with the Archdiocese of New Orleans' Office of Justice and Peace.

The $25 million in aid the partnership has distributed out of a common coffer does not include tens of millions of dollars worth of aid its 80 or more member agencies have distributed solely out of their own relief operations since 2005.

Even so, on the basis of what it knows about the landscape, the partnership estimates that four years out, Katrina rebuilding is still only barely at the halfway mark -- if that, said Paul Timmons, the partnership's executive director.

Bruce Nolan

Religion News Service

Copyright 2009 Religion News Service. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Historic mausoleum getting repairs for the first time in years

    Historic mausoleum getting repairs for the first time in years

    Monday, July 16 2018 6:51 PM EDT2018-07-16 22:51:54 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 8:12 PM EDT2018-07-17 00:12:40 GMT
    Linwood Mausoleum sits on a hillside in the cemetery (Source: KAIT)Linwood Mausoleum sits on a hillside in the cemetery (Source: KAIT)
    Linwood Mausoleum sits on a hillside in the cemetery (Source: KAIT)Linwood Mausoleum sits on a hillside in the cemetery (Source: KAIT)

    A historic mausoleum is getting upgrades for the first time in many years.

    A historic mausoleum is getting upgrades for the first time in many years.

  • Judge sets man's bond at $200k in separate cases

    Judge sets man's bond at $200k in separate cases

    Monday, July 16 2018 5:17 PM EDT2018-07-16 21:17:47 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 5:47 PM EDT2018-07-16 21:47:37 GMT
    Brenton Austin Montgomery (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)Brenton Austin Montgomery (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
    Brenton Austin Montgomery (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)Brenton Austin Montgomery (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

    When a judge set his bond at $100,000 a man suspected of aggravated residential burglary had just one thing to say to the judge: “Good bond.” But, the judge wasn’t finished. And neither was the suspect.

    When a judge set his bond at $100,000 a man suspected of aggravated residential burglary had just one thing to say to the judge: “Good bond.” But, the judge wasn’t finished. And neither was the suspect.

  • Suspect arrested after holding knife to woman's throat, kicking and spitting on officer

    Suspect arrested after holding knife to woman's throat, kicking and spitting on officer

    Monday, July 16 2018 5:01 PM EDT2018-07-16 21:01:41 GMT
    Joshua Runyan (Source: Mississippi Co Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)Joshua Runyan (Source: Mississippi Co Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)
    Joshua Runyan (Source: Mississippi Co Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)Joshua Runyan (Source: Mississippi Co Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)

    A Manila man is facing a long list of drug and assault charges after deputies say he held a knife to his girlfriend's throat.  

    A Manila man is facing a long list of drug and assault charges after deputies say he held a knife to his girlfriend's throat.  

Powered by Frankly