Three Baton Rouge nonprofits are getting grants to help their efforts to get more affordable housing built in Louisiana's capital city — a need exacerbated by the flood of 2016.
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., a national housing nonprofit group, announced this week that it's awarding $500,000 in grants to 15 organizations across Louisiana and Mississippi that focus on housing.
The awards locally are to: Baton Rouge's Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation, $42,000; Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, Inc., $35,000; and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge,awarded $25,000. The grants come from a mix of federal dollars and private matches.
Enterprise said the grants are for "capacity building," meant to give organizations the money they need to expand and be competitive in future grant applications.
“These capacity building grants support critically important work undertaken by nonprofits from constructing houses for first-time buyers to providing resident services for veterans,” said Monica Gonzalez, Enterprise's Gulf Coast senior program director. “Organizations will be able to advance developments and programs while strengthening their infrastructure and systems to provide much needed affordable housing throughout the Gulf Coast.”
Construction is underway on the Meadows at Nicholson, a 204-unit affordable housing development at Nicholson Drive and Gardere Lane.