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Office of Community Development

Thank you for visiting the Office of Community Development's website. The goal of the Office of Community Development is to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Louisiana, and we accomplish that by administering state and federal grants in three different areas, as described below:


 

The Community Development Block Grant Program helps c​ommunities provide a suitable living ​environment and expand economic opportunities for their residents, particularly in low to moderate income areas. The block grants are awarded to the state annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the state’s program awards and administers the funds to units of local government for improvements to public facilities, economic development, demonstrated needs projects and LaSTEP projects, which funds materials for local community projects while citizens provide a portion of the labor.

The Local Government Assistance Programalong with the Community Water Enrichment Fund, are funded annually through the state’s capital outlay, construction program. The LGAP is designed to fill the gaps where there are no federal or other state funds available to assist local governments with an identified high priority need. Priority is given to projects that resolve basic human health and safety needs, such as fire and police protection and sewer and water improvements. The Community Water Enrichment Fund provides funding to aid units of local government in rehabilitating, improving and constructing projects for community water systems to provide safe, clean drinking water.

The Disaster Recovery Unit administers disaster recovery grants allocated to Louisiana by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help state residents recover from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike and Isaac. Funds are distributed through other state agencies, local governments, businesses and nonprofit organizations to support and improve housing, infrastructure, economic development, planning and resilience. OCD-DRU manages the most extensive rebuilding effort in American history and works closely with local, state and federal partners to ensure that Louisiana recovers safer, stronger and smarter than before.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need more information.

Pat Forbes
Exec​utive Director​​