Gov. John Bel Edwards has announced that he is directing $14,089,640 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to 23 projects across Louisiana. The Louisiana Community Development Block Grant (LCDBG) Program provides local governments with resources to meet the needs of citizens in rural areas and municipalities throughout the state. In addition, Gov. Edwards also proclaimed April 2 through April 6 as Community Development Week.
“The Louisiana Community Development Block Grant Program allows us to address some of the basic necessities of our people by providing funds for sewer rehabilitation projects, water and street improvements, economic development projects and other priorities,” said Gov. Edwards. “This year, the program has provided more than $14 million in funding for repairs and upgrades statewide. provides critical support for projects that are necessary to sustaining and improving our communities.”
The LCDBG Program is a federally-funded (HUD) program that is administered through the Office of Community Development. It includes assistance for public facilities through grants that are used to provide and sustain suitable living environments by helping communities with funds for potable water, sewer, streets, and community center projects. The program includes LaSTEP grants which assist communities with funds for solving water and sewer problems through the use of self-help techniques.
This year, LCDBG Public Facilities Grants awarded $14,089,640 million to the following parishes and municipalities:
Church Point: $427,000
Lake Providence: $997,000
Port Barre: $1,200,000
Pointe Coupee: $298,190
Oak Grove: $770,000
West Carroll: $338,910
The program also provides Demonstrated Needs Grants that are used to help communities respond and recover from emergencies. Up to $1.2 million is made available each year. In Fiscal Year 2017, funds were used to repair the following sewer and water systems: Jackson Parish: $300,000 and Provencal: $256,641.
The program has operated since 1974 and has been recognized by Congress and the nation for its impact on helping supply funds for significant projects that many communities rely on.