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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 residents of Louisiana, and we accomplish that by administering state and federal grants in the areas described below:

Local Government Assistance

State Funds

The Local Government Assistance Program (LGAP) and Community Water Enrichment Fund (CWEF) are funded annually through the state’s capital outlay, construction program. 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. CWEF provides funding to aid units of local government in rehabilitating, improving and constructing projects for community water systems to provide safe, clean drinking water. 

Federal Funds

The Community Development Block Grant Program helps communities 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 non-entitlement units of local government.  Non-entitlement areas include those units of general local government which do not receive CDBG funds directly from HUD.  The State develops funding priorities and criteria for selecting projects each year based on consultation with the local governments in an effort to identify the most essential needs of the residents.  The current programs being administered on an annual basis: The Sustainable Water Management Consolidation Planning Grant, Public Facilities, Louisiana Small Towns Environmental Program (LaSTEP), Demonstrated Needs, Economic Development and a Clearance program.  

Additionally, the State was appropriated $44,336,196 in the CARES Act funding that was allocated to HUD in order to prevent, prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 virus.  From that appropriation, Office of Community Development - Local Government Assistance has allocated $31,000,000 for upgrades to HVAC and ventilation systems.  For more information about this program, visit our HVAC Improvements Program page.  

Traci Watts
Director, Local Government Assistance Program
Office of Community Development

Disaster Recovery Unit

The Disaster Recovery Unit administers disaster recovery and mitigation 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; and lessen the impacts of future storms. 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​​