East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority Plays a Major Role in New $30 Million HUD Grant Application

The East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority (EBRPHA), East Baton Rouge Parish Redevelopment Authority (RDA) and the City of Baton Rouge have moved forward with a competitive application to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  applying for a $30 million Community Neighborhood Implementation (CNI) grant to create a new neighborhood community in North Baton Rouge.

There are more than fifty stakeholder groups supporting this community planning effort known as BRChoice.  The neighborhood initiative is approximately 1.6 square miles of three adjoining neighborhoods, Melrose East, Smiley Heights, and East Fairfields,  known as the Ardenwood region.

In 2014, the City of Baton Rouge was awarded $500,000 to begin the planning process. Now the next step is focused on the community vision of three areas:  Housing, People, and Neighborhoods.  The “People” goal is to improve outcomes of households living in the target housing related to employment and income, health, and children’s education.  The Neighborhood goal is to focus on healthy living, creative arts and educational opportunities.

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We are proud to take the lead on this grant application and we are fully committed to working toward the transformation of this community.

– EBRPHA Board of Commissioners Chair Dianna Payton

The voices of families from these neighborhoods, as well as the stakeholders throughout the community, are vital to demonstrating overall support for this significant investment in education, economic opportunities and health/wellness,. We are particularly focused on  one major aspect of the vision to create an attractive mixed-income, mixed-use neighborhood to increase the quality of life for the residents of Baton Rouge.

– J. Wesley Daniels, Jr., Acting CEO of EBRPHA

For almost a decade the Redevelopment Authority and its partners have worked to develop Ardendale with more than $50 million invested. Now we are excited to partner with the East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority and the City of Baton Rouge in the next phase of this major revitalization.

– East Baton Rouge Parish Redevelopment Authority President and CEO Chris Tyson

The plan is focusing on the cradle to college-employment model while incorporating arts and culture and health and wellness.

– Mayor President Sharon Weston Broome