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FEMA Louisiana Housing and Resiliency Symposium

  • Monroe Civic Center 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway Monroe, LA, 71201 United States (map)


DATE: Tuesday, May 9, 2017            

LOCATION: Monroe Civic Center (inside the Conference Center Building), 
                    401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway, Monroe, LA

SCHEDULE: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.   Registration, Networking, Resource Exhibits
                    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Symposium

Lagniappe: There is no cost to attend.  

Registration will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis:

This Symposium is designed for: Parish Presidents or Administrators; Town & City Mayors; Council members; Chief Administrative Officers; Planning, Community Development, Economic Development and/or Permit Directors; Floodplain Managers; Grant Administrators; and/or Department of Public Works Directors or Engineers; or designated government staff therein; Non-Profits involved in housing or community development; financial institutions.

In the aftermath of the flooding in March and August, communities are facing extraordinary challenges with recovery and rebuilding. The Louisiana Housing and Resiliency Symposium, the second in a statewide series addressing recovery issues as a result of the 2016 floods, will focus on best practices in providing affordable housing through partnerships with non-profits, developers and financial institutions; toolkits for developing adjudicated properties and addressing blight; zoning and ordinances necessary to address blight; and issues and decisions that elected officials and the community will need to address in order to create a more resilient and sustainable community.

In addition, attendees will be provided updates on the state’s recovery programs to address the impact of the floods, such as the Housing Rehabilitation Program for homeowners; and several programs designed for renters and landlords to increase the availability of affordable housing units in the state.

In the afternoon, small breakout sessions include the following topics:

  • Designing 1st time homebuyer program
  • How to auction or donate adjudicated properties to address blight and build housing stock
  • Filling the financial gap - the role of financial institutions in recovery
  • Using and applying for tax credits to develop affordable housing
  • Converting Brownfields into housing stock
  • Zoning codes and ordinances for affordable and sustainable housing

Requests for accommodations: Reasonable accommodations will be provided to attendees with communication access needs, including limited English proficiency. The state of Louisiana is committed to ensuring equal access to its programs and services. Attendees can request accommodations by calling Louisiana Housing Corp. at 888-454-2001 no later than 12:00 noon on Monday, May 8, 2017. Please submit a request for any of the following services:

  • Sign Language Interpreter - Specify type of sign language (i.e., Tactile, Signed English, American Sign Language) 
  • Real-time Captioning/CART
  • Braille
  •  Large Print
  • Assistive Listening Devices
  •  Other - Please specify