With funding secured and agreements in place, Parish President Natalie Robottom furthers her plans to help “low-income” residents receive assistance with home repairs and needed services. The Minor Home Repair Program and an agreement with the State of Louisiana will give St. John residents an opportunity to secure needed improvements and services at one central location.
As week two of the application process for the Minor Home Repair Program continues, the council approved four contractors to perform the work. They were Affordable Residential Modifications, LLC, Chatmon Construction LLC, Family Homes by Tommy and Sheila, Inc., and E&L Construction and Real Estate, LLC. As of Monday, over 300 applications were accepted for the program and 100 more are anticipated this week. “Residents were waiting in line for 7:00 am, relieved that help had finally arrived. It’s moments like this when I’m overjoyed to be a public servant”, said Myra Alexis Valentine, Grant Administrator.
The council also approved an agreement with Benevolent Rural Alliance for Cultural and Environmental Strategies (BRACES) to administer the application process for the $1.3 million Minor Home Repair Program. “I am hoping people have taken advantage of this program, which is needed in our community,” stated Councilman-At-Large Lucien Gauff. BRACES will verify incomes, determine income eligibility, monitor duplication of benefits, schedule and conduct interviews, verify home ownership and determine owner-occupancy during Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 13 at the following locations:
New Wine Ministries
1921 West Airline Highway
LaPlace, LA 70068
Times: Monday and Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday: 1:00pm -7:00pm
West Bank Community Center
173 East 3rd Street
Edgard, LA 70049
Times: Tuesday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Thursday: 1:00pm - 7:00pm
In other action, an agreement with the State of Louisiana, Department of Children and Family Services, was approved in an effort to provide effective and efficient services to more citizens applying for benefits through public assistance programs. This agreement allows residents in St. John the Baptist Parish to visit their local Health and Human Services office to receive assistance with applications for first-time services. The Gold level partnership was selected which provides applicants access to computers to complete on-line applications in an environment that affords them sufficient privacy without compromising confidential information. A State employee will be available to assist applicants on a work schedule subject to agreement between both parties. “This is an opportunity to centralize services in one location for residents with limited transportation”, said Robottom.