BATON ROUGE, La (BRPRPOUD) – The East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority received the Resident Service Award by Nan McKay and Associates recognizing the excellence of individual agencies in the affordable housing industry.
The initiative began when a member of the EBRPHA maintenance team noticed children’s bedrooms without beds and asked if he could purchase the wood and supplies to build a bed for these children.
Research found that 50 children had been sleeping with their parents, on sofas or pallets.
“Kids need sleep for health, wellness, and optimal learning,” said EBRPHA Board of Commissioners Chair Dianna Payton. The agency could not use federal funds to address the need and partnered with EBRPHA’s non-profit development arm, Partners Southeast.
Both organizations created the “Beds for Kids” fundraising initiative and raised over $20,000 from local foundations, organizations, businesses and individual gifts, according to an official press release.
50 beds were purchased from a local furniture store and assembly was organized and completed by EBRPHA volunteers within six months.
Each child also received bedding supplies and pajamas.
EBRPHA received a grant for $4,984 from the Junior League of Baton Rouge and Partners Southeast. The additional funds to were used to purchase 18 baby beds and bedding supplies.
The national award will be accepted Friday, Sept. 17 via Zoom.