BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Governor John Bel Edwards has announced the Louisiana Housing Heroes Initiative to help make affordable housing more readily available to hundreds of families and individuals who remain displaced due to last year's severe flooding.
Louisiana Housing Heroes is a statewide initiative to increase affordable rental housing capacity following the 2016 floods in Louisiana. The initiative will consist of an outreach campaign to landlords and property owners in the parishes affected by the flooding in order to target viable housing units. It's a collaborative effort by Gov. Edwards, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Louisiana Housing Corporation.
"There are many citizens who have not been able to return to their homes and are desperately searching for decent, safe, and affordable places to live," said Gov. Edwards.
Edwards has asked for every landlord and manager of rental housing complexes to "become a hero" by letting them know if they have any units available that are move-in ready, or units that can be made habitable with simple repairs.
"The need is great, but so is the level of compassion and concern we have for each other," said Gov. Edwards, "Which is why I'm excited to work with our state and federal partners to bring this new resource to our people."
"This initiative gives Louisianans a real opportunity to demonstrate our ability to come together during difficult times," said Keith Cunningham, executive director of the Louisiana Housing Corporation. "While many family members and friends have taken in those impacted by the floods, there is nothing better than having your own space in which to live. Helping our citizens find housing is integral to helping them rebuild their lives, and we believe that the many landlords and property managers around the state are going to be proud to take part in this effort."