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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hilton, Jaime Collins
URN etd-04092008-123135
Title Let the Church Rise: The Acceptance of Government Funding By the Religious Community in New Orleans Post-Katrina
Degree Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Department Social Work
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Daphne Cain Committee Chair
Carol Plummer Committee Member
Christian Molidor Committee Member
Juan Barthelemy Committee Member
  • social services
  • disaster relief
  • government funding
  • churches
Date of Defense 2008-03-31
Availability unrestricted
This research presents themes which generate insight about why religious organizations in New Orleans accept or decline government funding for disaster relief and rebuilding. A total of eight in-depth interviews were conducted with church representatives to explore opinions regarding churchesí stance on obtaining federal funding for emergency aid provided to survivors of Hurricane Katrina and also for rebuilding purposes. Furthermore, quantitative results were obtained in collaboration with the LSU Public Policy Research Lab as part of a cross-sectional, exploratory study. The Public Policy Research Lab contacted an additional total of 54 churches (N=62) in the New Orleans metropolitan area were asked to respond to a 62-item telephone survey requesting information about the tangible and spiritual relief efforts provided to survivors and their congregation following the storm and currently as rebuilding efforts continue. Findings reveal over half of churches surveyed believe the government should provide reimbursement for emergency aid provided following a disaster. Yet, only 11.3% of churches report actually accessing government funding to provide services. As rebuilding in New Orleans continues, this research may contribute to understanding what factors may influence churchesí support of publicly funded social services. Implications for a continued partnership between religious organizations and government agencies will be discussed.
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