Housing Programs

Program Services

Financial Fitness   

The “Financial Fitness” program, offers a series of financial literacy workshops, purposed to give low-income individuals and families the opportunity to become homeowners and/or obtain financial stability to maintain housing through financial literacy training. This program will help to promote independence, stable environments, and healthy financial decision making to attain future home ownership. A Housing Counselor will present money management, loan counseling assistance, budgeting, and other financial topics. Classes will be broken into small intimate sessions, to ensure confidentiality and allow a comfortable learning environment.  Participants must demonstrate willingness and ability to become self-sufficient. Primary services include budgeting, credit repair, debt management, and other financial classes to assist individuals in obtaining a savings. Participants will save a portion of their income with opportunity for the agency to provide a dollar for dollar match of funds.  Counselors will provide individualized support to ensure clients are on a sound financial path.

Call 225-562-2357 or 2420 for more information.

Homeowner Rehabilitation Program 

HRP is designed to designed to provide funding to Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Rita households and individuals who continue to have a gap in financial means to repair their homes due to resource limitations, contractors’ fraud, forced mortgage payoffs or other reasons as defined by OCD-DRU in regards to unmet needs.

Eligible property types in Louisiana that may receive HRP assistance include a traditional single unit structure, a double unit structure, or a town home owned by the applicant. Manufactured, modular or mobile homes may be considered for assistance on a case by case basis.

Call 225-562-2338 for more information.  All services are contingent upon funding availability

and program guidelines. 

Housing Preservation 

The Housing Preservation program provides home repairs assistance to low income residents. The services the program provides are: minor roof and floor repair, replacing windows and doors, repairing window panes, replacing rotted siding, installing storm doors, attic insulation, weather stripping, smoke alarms, CO detectors, and removal and replacement of old gas space heaters, making home handicap accessible by building wheel chair ramps and installing medical assistive devices.

Call 225-562-2344 for more information.

Options- The “Options” program provides homeless individuals and families or individuals in imminent danger of becoming homeless with decent, safe, and sanitary housing while assisting them to save at least 30% of their household’s income. Realizing prevention is the best step to avoid homelessness; the agency will provide direct services including short term & mid-term rental payments with rental rates with stipulations and utility deposits/payments to enrolled clients. Other supportive services include medical assistance, employment services, nutritional services, transportation, educational services, etc. Applicants must have the ability and be willing to maintain a savings account. All participants needing rental assistance must have a legally binding, written lease for the rental unit, state identification and social security cards for all individuals residing in the home. Supportive services such as financial management, housing counseling, credit repair, and other skills training will be provided as necessary to avoid reoccurrence. The agency will work with local partners to provide comprehensive support such as medical assistance, employment services, nutritional services, substance abuse/mental health treatment, transportation, and educational services. 

Call 225-562-2357 or 2420 for more information.

Additional Information

For more information about Housing visit the U. S Department of Housing and Urban Development website.