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Local resident concerned about home reconstruction program

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The City of Shreveport unveiled two re-built homes on Monday as part of its Community Development Reconstruction Program.

But one resident in the program is still waiting to move back home, and says the process has taken much longer than originally planned.

Carrie Papillion's mother, 80-year-old Frances McNeil, has lived at 5217 Florence Street for over 60 years and after being gone for nearly a year, is ready to settle back in.

"She walks with a cane, has oxygen, cause everytime we come by here I bring her by to see her house," Pappillion says.

McNeil was approved to have her home totally rebuilt, but Papillion says the home is still missing rain gutters, a covered carport, and a small back patio that were all in place before the construction.

All things that she says are important to her mother.

"[The contractor] told her everything that she had on her home, she would get back. Her yard would be replaced, her fence."

"I'm calling about your balance due of $330.68.," is the voicemail recording Papillion received on Tuesday.

Now, management at McNeil's temporary apartment is asking for rent money, but the city says the program's funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ran out months ago.

"There are certain specs that have to be met according the HUD specifications, and those have been met. At this point, we can't really go any further," says city spokesperson Rod Richardson.

Richardson says the only thing standing in the way of getting McNeil back home is a final inspection and closing.

"We feel like at this point, that's where we need to be. We need to get her in her home so she can start living."

Shortly before the story aired, KTBS 3 News received word from the city that they've agreed to file an inspection today and says McNeil should be able to close on the home as early as Thursday evening or Friday morning.

Residents can apply with the city to be accepted to the Reconstruction Program based on emergency repairs that are needed to their home.

Demolition and rebuilding costs for the homes that were showcased on Monday were approximately $130,000 each.

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