East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority Plays a Major Role in New $30 Million HUD Grant Application
The East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority (EBRPHA), East Baton Rouge Parish Redevelopment Authority (RDA) and the City of Baton Rouge have moved forward with a competitive application to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development applying for a $30 million Community Neighborhood Implementation (CNI) grant to create a new neighborhood community in North Baton Rouge.
There are more than fifty stakeholder groups supporting this community planning effort known as BRChoice. The neighborhood initiative is approximately 1.6 square miles of three adjoining neighborhoods, Melrose East, Smiley Heights, and East Fairfields, known as the Ardenwood area.
In 2014, the City of Baton Rouge was awarded $500,000 to begin the planning process. Now the next step is focused on the community vision of three areas: Housing, People, and Neighborhoods. The “People” goal is to improve outcomes of households living in the target housing related to employment and income, health, and children’s education. The Neighborhood goal is to focus on healthy living, creative arts and educational opportunities.
Partners Southeast and Integral Development have partnered to create over 500 new apartment homes. These communities will provide new housing opportunities for both families and senior citizens.