The Northshore Housing Initiative, a nonprofit that develops affordable housing in St. Tammany Parish, has been awarded a $16,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas and four of its member institutions, including Whitney Bank, Home Bank, Fidelity Bank and First Bank & Trust.

The community land trust helps home buyers by purchasing the land on which the house sits, and then leases the land back to the buyer at a low rate, putting homeownership within reach of many people who couldn’t otherwise afford it.

The organization plans to use the money to buy a computer and hire an employee to handle inquiries and applications from prospective home buyers.