EBR Housing Authority honored for efforts to let children sleep in beds, not sofas or pallets | New

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The East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority was honored on Friday for its work providing beds for children and babies who might otherwise have slept on makeshift furniture over the past year.

The parish town housing authority, through partnerships with local community organizations, raised more than $ 20,000 last year to purchase 50 beds at a local furniture store that were delivered to the children. they did not have their own beds.

Thanks to a $ 4,984 grant from the Junior League of Baton Rouge and a fundraising initiative with Partners Southeast, the Housing Authority also purchased 18 cots and bedding supplies for local families in need. . Louisiana’s infant mortality rate is nearly double the national average, and concerned officials have seen their efforts as a way to tackle the health and safety of babies in their community.

Nan McKay and Associates, a company that works in the administration and inspection of housing agencies nationwide, presented the East Baton Rouge agency with its Resident Service Award.

“In a year when so many have faced extraordinary challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority and its partners have come together to develop new ideas and establish new partnerships while continuing to work towards the goals of providing affordable, quality housing for their communities, ”said John McKay, CEO of Nan McKay and Associates, in a press release Friday.

The Resident Service Award recognizes leaders whose community outreach and similar efforts improve the future of the families they serve. The Parish City Housing Office won the award in the category of small agencies.

“The EBRPHA team members sleep well every night knowing that our beautiful little ones are also sleeping soundly and safely,” said J. Wesley Daniels, Managing Director of the East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority, in a statement.

The local initiative began when a maintenance worker noticed that children’s rooms did not have beds and asked if he was buying wood and building beds for the children. Daniels said if the problem was noticed in an apartment, “there were probably more children in our communities without beds.”

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