Baton Rouge receives grant for affordable housing

November 19, 2017 by  

A group of officials and nonprofit leaders from the East Baton Rouge Parish recently announced that non-profit organizations in Baton Rouge can apply for grant money to help them in their efforts to invest in affordable rental housing.

An amount of $150,000 was given by the Fair Housing Action Center of Greater New Orleans to the Housing First Alliance of the Capital Area. This is a group that formed after the floods in 2016, and consists of 30 non-profit organizations focusing on providing housing in Baton Rouge. The coordinator for the Housing First Alliance, Sam Sanders, said that so far, the focus has been on renovating single-family homes, so his hope is that the new grant will spur more rental housing.

Sanders added that he will work with his team to determine how the money will be divided among the nonprofits who are interested in this project.

The executive director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, Cashauna Hill, commented that the Fair Housing Center wants to make sure that the money goes to those non-profits who are already working in the community so that there can be an equitable long-term recovery in Baton Rouge.

Flyers could be used in situations like this so that nonprofits know how to apply for grants and determine their eligibility.