Waveland Man Blames Government Red Tape For Losing His Home

Ronald Hill says he's the first to admit his Katrina damaged home is an eyesore.

"Yes, it looks a mess. And I agree with anybody that says it looks like a mess. It looks terrible because it was separated from the original house. But if you don't have the funds to close it in, that's the way it's going to look," Hill said.

Hill believes the place is structurally sound and could be brought back to life.

"There's no way the house can fall. It has pedestals every eight feet under that house, it's cross-strapped. It's above code with strapping and nailing, so I know it's not really dangerous," Hill said.

Waveland city leaders disagree.

"The FEMA structural engineers, early on, deemed it 100 percent destroyed. Our own engineers and inspectors found the same conclusion," Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo said.

Hill wanted to try to repair and elevate the house, but he says a lack of money and government red tape have made that impossible.

"I tried to get in the program where they would raise the house up. The program's never been put into effect to help the people. So how do you raise your house, how do you level it off, and how do you fix it if you don't have the funds? The city doesn't want to work with you, and the government is not working fast enough," Hill said.

About a month ago, the city of Waveland went to court to have 300 untouched properties condemned while FEMA would still pay for demolition.

Ronald Hill says he's tried every avenue available to get enough money to repair his house, but it's not fast enough to satisfy the city.

Unfortunately for Hill, there's no way for him to appeal the city's decision to condemn his property. Once the damaged home is demolished and cleared, he'll have to decide whether he'll have the money to rebuild there.