To manage federal entitlement grants, including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Act, and HOME-ARP to effectively and efficiently administer programs and activities related to these funds.
The Community Development Department is responsible for managing federal entitlement grant funds, preparing all associated reports, complying with all federal and state requirements, maintaining records according to federal guidelines, and effectively administering the following programs:
Housing Minor Rehab Program uses federal funds to assist to low income qualified recipients with repairs to their homes to improve their living condition and extend the usable life of the structure. This program ensures that 50% of all awards are applied to Senior Citizens over the age of 55 years old. Applications are taken on a first come, first serve basis for consideration. For more information on this program, contact the Rehab Program Manager at 318-449-5074. Online Rehab Minor ApplicationInformational Flyer (PDF)Housing Minor Rehab Q&A (PDF)
Housing Lead Reduction Program uses federal funds to provide assistance to low income qualified recipients with lead testing and lead abatement services for houses built before 1978. Households who have children under the age of six, who stay in the house a minimum of six hours a week, will have priority. The program will apply to owner occupied and rental housing units. Applications are taken on a first come, first serve basis for consideration. For more information on this program, contact the Lead Program Manager at 318-449-5076. Online Lead Application
Demolition Program uses federal and City funds to enforce the City's Ordinances and the International Property Maintenance Code on abandoned, blighted, burned and deteriorating structures. Property owners are notified of legitimate complaints for life safety issues affecting the surrounding area regarding their structures and are afforded the opportunity to correct the issues. If corrective action is not taken timely, the City moves through the condemnation process to have the structure demolished and liens the property for associated expenses. Complaints are processed in the order of severity of hazard to the community. For more information on this program, contact the Demo Program Manager at 318-449-5071.
EPA Brownfield Assessment Program provides federal assistance to eligible property owners to test hazardous substances they may have on their site and develop a plan for remediation. For more information on this program, contact the Program Manager at 318-449-5071.
CHDO Sub-recipient Program uses HOME funds to assist in funding operating costs to manage construction Programs. This ensures compliance with grant agreements and HUD regulations. For more information on CHDO, contact the Administrator at 318-449-5070.
To become an eligible Contractor to bid on Rehab work, contact the Rehab Program Manager at 318-449-5074. To become an eligible Contractor to bid on Demo work, contact the Demo Program Manager at 318-449-5071. To become an eligible Contractor to bid on Lead Remediation, contact the Lead Program Manager at 318-449-5075.
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