Public hearing set to discuss potential LCDBG requests

By T. Scott Boatright

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury wants to know the wishes of parish residents.

To make that happen, the LPPJ will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday at the
Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, located at 910 North Trenton Street in Ruston.

This meeting will be held for the purpose of obtaining views on the housing and community development needs of Lincoln Parish and to discuss the submission of an application for funding under the state of Louisiana fiscal year 2022/2023 Community Development Block Grant (LCDBG) Program.

The LCDBG Program provides local governments with resources to meet the needs of citizens in rural areas and municipalities throughout the state. The program is a federally-funded (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development) program that is administered through the Office of Community Development.

LCDBG funds can be used for a wide range of activities such as housing rehabilitation, code enforcement, acquisition of real property, demolition, infrastructure and public facility improvements, economic development, and social services.

Discussions at the public hearing will include:
• The amount of funds available for proposed community development and housing activities;
• The range of activities available that may be undertaken, including the estimated amount of funds proposed to be used for activities that will benefit persons of low and moderate incomes;
• The plans of the LPPJ for minimizing displaced persons as a result of activities assisted with such funds and the benefits to be provided by the Police Jury to persons actually displaced as a result of such activities; and,
• The LPPJ’s past performance on LCDBG projects funded by the state of Louisiana.

The LPPJ encourages all residents, and particularly low and moderate income persons and residents of blighted areas of the parish to attend the meeting.

Accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and non-English speaking individuals provided a three-day notice is received by the Police Jury. Those citizens unable to attend this hearing may submit their views and proposals in writing until Thursday to: Richard Durrett, President Lincoln Parish Police Jury, P. O. Box 979 Ruston, LA 71270.

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