Bogalusa Rebirth: Veterans in area could get housing help

Published 4:36 am Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Bogalusa Rebirth Community Development Corporation may soon be able to offer affordable housing options to local veterans in need, according to executive director Wendy Williams.

Williams said that Bogalusa Rebirth has passed all the threshold requirements for its first $30,000 Affordable Housing for Veterans (AHRV) grant to build and/or preserve housing for veterans.

“This grant will be used as a match contribution to our upcoming project that we’ve partnered with Louisiana Housing Corporation and Enterprise Community Partners to include the construction of our first three single-family homes,” Williams said, noting that they would include lots that have been donated by the city of Bogalusa, through Bogalusa Rebirth’s Cooperative Endeavor Agreement.

“As a local non-profit and certified Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO), we are being provided financing, training, research and technical assistance to help us increase our capacity and allow us to better serve our community,” Williams said.

This grant was made possible through a partnership with the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) and The Home Depot Foundation.

“HAC’s veteran-focused efforts is an initiative that provides grants to community-based organizations to build housing and improve the ability to build and repair housing for veterans,” Williams said.

Williams said that Bogalusa Rebirth, as the AHRV grantee, would have to identify veterans in need of housing and assess the veterans’ specific necessities to ensure the right resources are delivered.

“If you know a veteran who needs help overcoming the challenges associated with getting into decent, affordable housing, please have them contact our office at 985-735-SAVE,” Williams said.

In addition, those who are interested in applying can visit the Bogalusa Rebirth website ( and complete the housing application there. Click on the “Affordable Housing” tab and print the application with instructions.

The application may also be picked up at the Bogalusa Rebirth office, located inside the Bogalusa Post Office at 305 Ave. B.

Email for any questions or to request copies of the application to be delivered to a location.