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Mixed income development in north Baton Rouge showing the townhouses developed on Peerless Street in Zion City with the older existing houses Friday June 9, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La.. Brian LaFleur is one of two developers building new units. His townhomes are located on land claimed by the city's Redevelopment Authority when property owners did not pay their taxes, also known as adjudication.LaFleur's company kicked in $1.1 million, and he received $2 million in federal grants through the city-parish to build 19 townhomes that will list at $100,000 and $125,000, he said. Five properties will be market rate, and the others will be set aside as affordable housing for families whose income is 80 percent or less of the median.


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.”

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