BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC) has awarded $1.4 million in federal grants to 17 municipalities across the state to improve services for homeless individuals, according to Executive Director Frederick Tombar, III.

Local governments apply annually for these grants which are awarded through a competitive process. The funds will enable municipalities to improve the lives of homeless individuals across Louisiana and will aid in our efforts to eradicate homelessness statewide.

Grant awards include the following:

 Local Government

Award
Acadia Parish Police Jury $50,000
Ascension Parish $82,400
City of Baton Rouge /Parish of East Baton Rouge $154,500
Beauregard Parish $50,000
City of Bossier City $82,400
Jefferson Parish Council $75,808
City of Kenner $56,000
Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government $195,803
City of New Iberia $30,900
City of Monroe $187,460
City of Opelousas $22,600
City of Ruston $46,833
Saint Bernard Parish $51,500
Saint Tammany Parish Government $100,000
City of Shreveport $113,300
Tangipahoa Parish Police Jury $100,000
Vernon Parish Police Jury $42,000

 

The $1.4 million is part of the Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ESG funding can be used to improve the quality and quantity of emergency shelters; fund short-term rental assistance to prevent homelessness; help homeless individuals into permanent rental housing; and fund outreach programs to connect unsheltered homeless individuals with housing and supportive services.

 The Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC) was created by Act 408 of the 2011 Louisiana Legislative Session. The LHC administers federal and state funds through programs designed to advance the development of energy efficient and affordable housing for low and moderate income families.