April 29, 2011
St. John the Baptist Parish Health and Human Services Department was awarded a $1 million dollar grant from the Louisiana Office of Community Development-Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD-DRU) for the Minor Repair Housing program.
The funding is part of Community Development Block Grant money received by the state from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The purpose of this program is to alleviate immediate threats to the health and safety of low-income homeowners who may not be able to afford to repair damages caused by Hurricanes Gustav/Ike. The program will concentrate on roof repairs or replacements, exterior repairs, and repairs impacting the homeowners' health and safety.
Approximately 60 owner-occupied households on the East and West Banks will receive grants of up to $15,000. Mobile homes are not eligible for this program.
Applicants must earn 80 percent or less of the median income for the area. Priority will be given to storm-damaged homes that pose a health and safety threat, very low income applicants, and elderly head of households older than 60.
The Parish will begin taking applications on May 2nd at the following locations:
New Wine Ministries
1921 West Airline Highway
LaPlace, LA 70068
Monday and Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
West Bank Community Center
173 East 3rd Street
Edgard, LA 70049
A complete description of the proposed project activities and a copy of the application materials are available at the Parish Presidents Office in the Percy Hebert Building, 1801 W. Airline Highway in LaPlace, and online at www.sjbparish.com/health.