1. Wide shot of HUD Secretary Julian Castro walking up to podium
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Julian Castro, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
"We're also reaffirming HUD's commitment to the people of the Gulf to continue working with them and for them until the job of recovery is complete. You see, as long as there are people who want to come home and communities that need to be rebuilt, our job is not done. That's the true meaning of commemoration."
3. Cutaway of audience
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Julian Castro, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
"The road to recovery that we're going to discuss has been long and it's been challenging. But I think that you would agree with me that it's also shown that while that storm was tough, the spirit of the people of the Gulf Coast has been even tougher. Their resilience continues to inspire us here at HUD because as much as we've accomplished in the last decade, all of us our very aware that our job is not done. Today the city of New Orleans, for example, continues to grow. More than half of the city's neighborhoods have recovered 90 percent of their population from before Katrina. And 17 communities are larger than they were before the storm but there is still so much more work to be done. I'm proud to say that we've worked with local leaders to build a stronger New Orleans and a Gulf Coast that all can be proud of for future generations. And as we mark ten years, our work continues. We will keep working hard every day until the Gulf Coast comeback is complete."
Nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast devastating the region and forcing more than a million people from their homes, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro touted the Obama administration's work rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf communities.
Speaking at an event to commemorate the ten year anniversary, Castro said the road to recovery has been long and challenging, but he said the resilience of the Gulf Coast "continues to inspire."
Castro said more than half of the neighborhoods of New Orleans have recovered 90 percent of their population from before Katrina. And he said 17 communities are larger than they were before the storm.
Still, he said the work of rebuilding is far from over.
"As long as there are people who want to come home and communities that need to be rebuilt, our job is not done," Castro said.