$500K Grant Helps Provide Safe, Affordable Housing for Low Income Seniors in Shreveport, Louisiana
“This place was created on paper and became a dream come true for those of us that live here. I have made a lot of friends here. I walk every morning, gather in the community room and have a place of my own to go to at the end of the day.” – Kay Bergeron, South Pointe Place resident
Before finding her way to Volunteers of America, Kay Bergeron moved to Shreveport after Hurricane Katrina to live with her daughter and grandchildren. Bergeron is now one of 50 seniors who have a new home at South Pointe Place, an affordable housing community for low income seniors and their families.
Dreams for the much needed housing began more than five years ago, and a $500,000 Housing Program (AHP) grant from Red River Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) helped make it a reality.
South Pointe Place offers one-bedroom/one-bathroom units complete with granite countertops and upgraded appliances. It has on-site laundry facilities, attractive community room with indoor and outdoor patio seating, state-of-the-art security system, wheelchair accessibility, and a computer/arts and crafts room, overseen by a professional, quality, friendly management team on site. All apartment homes are for qualifying persons 62 years of age and older with rent based on 30% of adjusted gross monthly income.
Volunteers of America knew seniors need more than just housing, so the building is also the new home for the adult day health program, The Ballington Center. The day program provides activities and medical supervision for adults with physical or mental limitations aiming to improve quality of life, relieve loneliness and avoid institutional care.
Recently, Volunteers of America hosted a grand opening to dedicate the beautiful property and recognize the community partners who made it possible.
“Here at Red River Bank, we know that housing plays a critical role in promoting strong, resilient families and vibrant communities,” said Jannease Seastrunk, Vice President Red River Bank. “That’s why we are pleased to support Volunteers of America North Louisiana in their efforts to provide affordable housing for seniors.”
And thanks to the partnership of Red River Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, and other generous community supporters, Bergeron’s grandkids helped her move into her brand new apartment and the first time in a very long time, they spent the night at Mimi’s house.