BATON ROUGE, LA — June 10, 2019 — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, in partnership with Build Baton Rouge, formerly known as The East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, is pleased to announce the launch of a new $1 million rapid roofing repair program known as “Roof Reset.” The program’s mission is to serve East Baton Rouge Parish residents by repairing damaged roofs using Community Development Block Grants funds allocated to the City-Parish by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
This program is in response to requests from citizens who are in dire need of roof repair but are unable to afford repairs or in some instances full roof replacement. The program will work in conjunction with the Home Rehabilitation Program, which is currently administered by Build Baton Rouge.
The announcement is aligned with the Mayor’s goal of providing the community with a robust and well-coordinated community development program that works for the revitalization and future success of the parish.
“I am so excited to launch this program to address some of our community’s most pressing housing needs,” said Mayor Broome. “Providing some of our most vulnerable citizens the ability to improve the condition of their home is a key part of how we are working to preserve affordable housing in Baton Rouge, and I’m so grateful to partner with Build Baton Rouge to make this revitalization effort a success.”
By repairing and replacing roofs, the program will be able to provide energy-efficient roofing and assist residents in weatherization efforts, which mitigate further disrepair while significantly decreasing the overall costs of future home repairs due to inadequate roof systems.
“We are thankful for the consistent support of Mayor Broome and our City-Parish elected officials as we expand and find innovative ways to serve our community,” said Christopher J. Tyson, President and CEO of Build Baton Rouge. “We are also excited to continue administering community development services that meet the needs of so many residents throughout the City-Parish. Home repair is a critical need in our city, and all residents deserve the opportunity to live in safe and habitable environments. This is just the first phase of many more initiatives to come.”
Phase One of the initiative will run from June 6 – September 30, with applications being accepted through July 31. Build Baton Rouge will designate application pickup sites throughout the city at local libraries. The program seeks to attract a large number of applicants for services, as well as interested, qualified roofing contractors with job opportunities.
Because of the use of federal funds, there are income requirements to qualify for the program. For more information about pick up sites or specifics for the program, contact the Build Baton Rouge office at 225-387-5606.