Love Louisiana Outdoors
Our new parks program is Love Louisiana Outdoors, funded with CDBG-CV funds from the CARES Act. These funds can be used towards providing a suitable space for activities to encourage physical distancing and support social distancing guidance. This program is specifically focused on municipalities and parishes that have been determined to have a population of at least 51% low/moderate income persons, based on HUD Summary Data. A list of the eligible applicants is below.
An eligibility determination form will need to be submitted in order to be considered for this program. Additionally, a Citizen Participation Plan must be adopted and a public hearing conducted in conformance with the Citizen Participation requirements below. Documentation of the published notice for the public hearing must be submitted to Traci Watts with the eligibility determination form at Traci.Watts@la.gov by October 1, 2021.
If you have any questions or need any technical assistance in meeting any of these requirements, please contact Traci Watts at 225-342-0148, Heather Paul at 225-342-7418, or Janelle Dickey at 225-219-7278.
Due to the pandemic, local government entities are having to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In the CARES Act, HUD was allocated funding to prevent, prepare, and respond to the virus. From that funding, the State of Louisiana has been appropriated $44,336,196. Of that amount, OCD has allocated $25,000,000 for upgrades to HVAC and ventilation systems in publicly-owned community facilities. $12,500,000 will be available for large applicants (local governments with populations of 10,000 or more) and $12,500,000 will be available for small applicants (local governments with populations of 9,999 or less). The deadline to apply has been extended to September 17, 2021.