To manage federal entitlement grants, including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act, and 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 Rehab Program uses CDBG 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. Some services include: roof replacement, electrical / plumbing repair, construction of handicap ramps; installation of blown attic insulation, storm windows, and exterior door replacement. 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.
Demolition Program uses CDBG 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.
Major Rehab Program uses HOME funds to assist low to moderate income single-family housing units to keep their houses in good working condition to extend their useful life. Qualified applicants may receive assistance to make various code compliant improvements. Houses in the flood plain and that test positive for lead are not qualified. For more information on this program, contact the Rehab Program Manager at 318-449-5074.
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.