St. John the Baptist Parish Housing Authority to Rehab Public Housing

LAPLACE – The St. John the Baptist Parish Housing Authority in partnership with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking top developers from across the country to implement a comprehensive rehabilitation and redevelopment program for its existing public housing portfolio. St. John Housing Authority officials acknowledge that this is the first step in securing a new public housing system for the parish, further cementing the agency’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for its residents.

          “This is truly the first step in providing our residents with a public housing system that they need and deserve,” said Trina Henderson, Executive Director of the St. John the Baptist Housing Authority. “Together with HUD, our board and staff, we will continue to enhance the quality of life for our residents and build a public housing system that we can all be proud of.”

         The agency was inspired by New Orleans residential housing complex Columbia Parc, the former site of the St. Bernard Housing Development. President Obama and the White House staff praised Columbia Parc as a symbol of recovery and a national model for public housing. St. John Housing Authority leaders aim to do the same with its public housing portfolio.

         Enhancing the quality of life for St. John public housing residents remains a top priority for housing officials. To ensure that all units meet and exceed HUD standards, the agency conducts an annual Uniformed Physical Condition Standards inspection on all of its properties throughout the parish. This ensures that all citizens are residing in clean and safe units.

          “We embrace HUD’s mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all and will do our part to ensure this mission is carried out by the agency,” said Iona Holloway, Board Chair of the St. John the Baptist Parish Housing Authority.

         Over the past year, the Housing Authority has dedicated resources to increase resident safety. The agency partnered with top global screening company, First Advantage, to complete background checks on all public housing program participants and individuals 18-years-old and older. The agency now has a system in place to complete background checks with new move-ins for individuals 18-years-old and older.

         Founded in 1968, the St. John the Baptist Parish Housing Authority is aimed to provide affordable housing to citizens with low to moderate income. With 296 units in LaPlace, Reserve, Garyville and Edgard, the Housing Authority is ready to increase the occupancy rate and transform the public housing sector to an oasis for families.

         For more information about the St. John the Baptist Parish Housing Authority – (985) 652-9036

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