Lafayette Consolidated Government held a public hearing tonight to discuss affordable housing as part of its 2018/2022 Consolidated Action Plan.
“The priority is affordable housing here in Lafayette. The data shows that is a priority.” said Community Development Director, Dr. Shanea Nelson.
The Community Development Department of LCG will have access of the HUD’s Community Development Block Grant and the Home Investment Partnership Grant.
“Our funds have decreased significantly over time so we having to do a bit more to stretch the funds that we do have to make sure that we meet the needs of the community.”
Non Profit Organizations like Habitat for Humanity are vying for some that funding.
“We’ve received partial funding, the last I counted 37 of the homes that we’ve built in Lafayette for individuals who work really hard for the opportunity to become home buyers.” said Melinda Taylor of Habitat for Humanity.
Taylor adds its all about continuing their work of bringing more affordable housing to Lafayette.
“The residents of these neighborhoods are at the center of this process and they’ve come to us and said we want more new houses in our neighborhood.” said Taylor.
Dr. Nelson of LCG believes this is just one of many organizations looking to make a positive change.
“We do target low to moderate income people so we are talking about the under served parts of our community so its really great to see how many residents are here who do care and concern for those who are underserved and are wanting to be wanting to be a part of how they can help and meet their need.” said Dr. Nelson.