BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana Housing Corporation and the USDA Rural Development are traveling across the state to let people know of their new programs.

Both of these organizations are under new leadership, making it a priority to create new resources for people to save on affordable housing and on monthly bills.

“One of the ways you build community is through housing,” said Louisiana Housing Corporation Executive Director Joshua Hollins.

Leaders had a conference in Baton Rouge to discuss how they are creating resources to help with affordable housing. LHC and the USDA are traveling across Louisiana, to help potential homeowners and developers.

With energy, water, and other bills on the rise, they have created resources that will help lower monthly bills. Even offering programs to new home developers to give them a chance to get started.

“We’ve been all around the state, every region both urban and rural to make sure that we provide the same resources to all Louisianans across the state,” said Hollins.

LHC executive team members provided updates on new and existing programs including the Developer Assistance Plan, a new program to provide relief to housing developers experiencing rising costs of materials. During the meeting, the participants learned about upcoming funding opportunities, homeownership programs, energy and water assistance, the forthcoming adjudicated properties initiative, and much more.

Debbie Triggs attended the meeting to educate herself and the people she works with to find affordable housing.

“I love the rural development because I didn’t know they had over 40-something programs that they were administering to help families,” said Triggs.

USDA’s investment in rural communities includes affordable places to call home, economic development, clean water, and better infrastructure. Director Robert discussed the partnership between LHC and USDA in the areas of single-family and multi-family housing development, homeownership, home rehabilitation, and local government partnership.

“All of our programs are funded by taxpayer dollars,” said Roberts. “With Rural Development that’s federal dollars, and the Louisiana Housing Development also has access to federal funds.”

Below is the schedule of the “Partnerships That Build Community” road tour:

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 

2 p.m.: New Roads – Rural

Thursday, September 8, 2022

10 a.m.: Franklin – Rural

2 p.m.: Lafayette – Urban

Monday, September 19, 2022

6 p.m.: Amite – Rural

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

2 p.m.: Mamou – Rural

6 p.m.: Ville Platte – Rural

To learn more about USDA Rural Development resources and programs, click here.

To learn more about what the Louisiana Housing Corporation has to offer, click here.