Thursday, April 9, 2013
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – St. John the Baptist Parish (SJBP) along with the SJBP Housing Authority and the SJBP Citizens Advisory Committee is planning to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under its Choice Neighborhood Initiative. The purpose of the HUD Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant is to enable communities to create a rigorously developed plan and garner local community support that is necessary for neighborhood transformation to be successfully implemented.
A Public Meeting to present information and receive comments regarding the Choice Neighborhood Implementation and Planning Grant application will be conducted on May 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at Emily C. Watkins Elementary School, 938 LA Hwy 628 Laplace, LA 70068. All residents of the LaPlace Housing Authority as well as residents and business owners within the community are asked to attend as this grant will provide positive opportunities for the Housing Authority and local surrounding community. For questions or for special requests, please call the SJBP Housing Authority at 985-652-9036.
Choice Neighborhoods is a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. The program helps communities transform neighborhoods by revitalizing severely distressed public and/or assisted housing and investing and leveraging investments in well-functioning services, high quality public schools and education programs, high quality early learning programs and services, public assets, public transportation, and improved access to jobs.
Choice Neighborhoods will ensure that current residents will be able to benefit from this transformation, by preserving affordable housing or providing residents with the choice to move to affordable and accessible housing in another existing neighborhood of opportunity. Choice Neighborhoods is focused on three core goals: