City of Shreveport looks to add more affordable housing to area through War Room Initiative

Published: Sep. 8, 2022 at 3:28 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The City of Shreveport has goals to help bring more affordable housing to communities in need.

Bonnie Moore, director of Community Development for the City of Shreveport, says they started the War Room Initiative in December 2021 to help provide affordable housing in the city.

“We convened nonprofits, for-profits, developers and various organizations to discuss the housing needs in our city. It was probably about 70 organizations and individuals. And we met to look at the needs and attack them in a way that was tactical, strategic and deliberate.”

This is why they wanted to start the War Room Initiative.

“Many of our neighborhoods are currently under attack, and we have to address the social, environmental and economic needs of these communities,” Moore said.

Participants in the program must adhere to strict requirements.

“The next step was for them to go out and look within in a six-block area to see what type of housing needs were in that area,” Moore said.

Then, city leaders made a plan.

“They would apply for request for a proposal that we had issued through some funding that we received through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” said Moore.

A number of those who participated had to go through a four-week process to develop their proposal to make sure they met the RFP (request for proposal) guidelines, Moore said. Thirty agencies went through all four weeks of the process and, of those 30, they received 15 applications, she added. Currently, they’re in the review process.

“We have not done our threshold review yet, and we are trying to complete that,” Moore said. “Once we complete this review, it will go to an underwriter and then we will rate and rank them and we will select about six to seven agencies to fund.”

Mayquie Jackson is the founder and CEO of Humanity 2020 Group. She’s also an applicant.

“We’re here trying to complete Queensborough. We believe in Queensborough. We did a survey here and we looked at data, and hear the voices that need and want come kind of supported services.”

Jackson has a vision to make the old John B. Atkins Library a place where people can come and get mental health care and drug rehab services.

“We found those dimensions out of the information that we gathered from the survey. To build 12 tiny houses is very cost efficient.”

QUICK FACTS ABOUT HOUSING IN SHREVEPORT

  • Owner-occupied housing unit rate 2016-20 54.2%
  • Median value of owner-occupied housing units 2016-20 $151,700
  • Median selected monthly owner costs with a mortgage 2016-20 $1,219
  • Median selected monthly owner costs without a mortgage 2016-20 $380
  • Median gross rent 2016-2020 $827

(Source: U.S. Census Bureau)