The city and parish council discussed on Tuesday the $7 million rental assistance plan that was passed in the December ‘s booster shot of federal stimulus. Ben Broussard with Catholic Charities says the need for residential assistance is urgent.
“It’s not a great situation for anyone to be in, where you are so far passed due on your rent and having to make that decision between paying your rent and paying for other staples like food and medicine.” Broussard said.
Lafayette Consolidated Government is working to get money out fast to those individuals who are struggling to pay rent. There are two organizations that are likely to split up the 7.2 million dollar distribution, one of those organizations includes Catholic Charities.
“we are grateful that these conversations are happening , that we have this money potentially going to help um we haven't signed any contacts yet but once it comes it's going to be such a relief for individuals who are some of them are a year passed due on their rent and so it's not just for the renter , but also for the person who owns that property it is going to help this economic situation.” Broussard said.
LCG Chief Communication Officer Jamie Angelle says that there is going to be a need for additional staff in order to handle the big distribution of funds.
“There are going to be a lot of requests coming in no doubt , and those organizations will have to kind of beef up their staff , same in our community development department to help orchestrate those funds going out.” Angelle said
If the 7.2 million dollar plan distribution is approved there will still be a process before the money is sent to these households.
“We are going to do everything we can to get the money out as soon as possible but within the guidelines that are set by the federal government and the entities that are involved. There are some rules and guidelines we have to follow and we plan to do that and the sooner we can get that done, the sooner we will get those funds allocated." Angelle added
The funds that will be allocated will not go into the hands of residents but instead will be distributed to landlords that see an urgent need to assist people who are unable to pay their rent.