This event is NOT open to the public. It applies to families within the Housing Authority community.

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority plans to distribute care packages to its families in the coming weeks as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact local families.

The care packages, which are supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development via the CARES Act, include items like no-touch infrared thermometers, disposable masks, reusable cloth masks, hand sanitizer and hand soap, according to EBRPHA.

Care packages also include financial literacy information and mental and physical health guides.

“This is more than just a ‘health and wellness’ measure,” EBRPHA CEO J. Wesley Daniels said. “It is a way to let our families know that we care about them by equipping them with tools to prevent, prepare for and respond to coronavirus.”

EBRPHA serves the working poor, elderly people and people with disabilities.

“We recognize that many of our families are frontline workers with jobs in grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, nursing facilities, parcel delivery or other positions vital to citizens requiring essential services,” Daniels said. “Other residents were furloughed or lost jobs, including some with seasonal jobs or in the hospitality industry.”