BATON ROUGE, LA – June 12, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — Governor Bobby Jindal announced three Louisiana Community Development Block Grants (LCDBG) totaling $1,289,850 today. The governor said the grants have been awarded to communities throughout the Greater Baton Rouge area in the form of public facilities grants to be used for infrastructure projects.
Governor Jindal said, “These grants provide vital infrastructure improvements for our rural communities and help to ensure the safety and health of the residents within the region.”
The Village of Albany received a $435,870 grant to extend the community sewer collection system to approximately 28 households in the village.
The Town of Lutcher received a $266,770 grant to rehabilitate a street within the town.
The West Baton Rouge Parish Council received a $587,210 grant to connect approximately 45 households to the community sewer collection system.
LCDBG public facilities grants are awarded to improve existing infrastructure or construct new infrastructure, including water systems, sewer systems, fire protection, streets or multi-purpose community centers. According to federal requirements, at least 51 percent of recipients served by these projects must be low to moderate income families. Additionally, water and sewer projects must remedy existing conditions that violate a state or federal standard established to protect public health and safety.
The primary objective of the Louisiana Community Development Block Grant Program is to provide assistance to local governments in non-entitlement areas for the development of viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income. Non-entitlement areas are municipalities with a population of less than 50,000 and parishes with an unincorporated population of less than 200,000.