The primary responsibilities of the Federal Programs Division are:
To apply for and administer federal and state funding programs.
To plan for the most efficient use of limited public and private housing and community development funds.
To facilitate programs that expand affordable housing, economic development opportunities, and public services in an effort to address the needs of Lafayette’s low/moderate-income and special needs households.
The Federal Programs Division consists of two (2) sections:
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING SECTION
The Housing Loans Section administers programs that expand affordable housing and economic development opportunities. These programs include:
First-time Homebuyers Assistance (New and Existing Home Purchases) - The Housing Loans Section administers programs that assist low- and moderate-income households in obtaining affordable first-time home mortgages. Participants must meet income requirements and must purchase a home within Lafayette Parish.
First-time Homebuyers Program Brochure
For more information, please contact Darin Smalley at call (337) 291-8433, email DSmalley@LafayetteLA.gov or Anthony Branham at (337) 291-8403, email ABranham@LafayetteLA.gov.
Small Business Assistance - The Economic Development/Planning Section provides technical assistance to local small businesses including information on access to financial resources, business plan development, and tax and financial incentives (including the Enterprise Zone Program). The Economic Development Section also manages special project loans made with federal entitlement funds.
For more information, please call (337) 291-8403 or (337) 291-8410.
The Ticket to Work Program - The Ticket to Work Program is a national program that provides job services to people who receive Social Security disability benefits. Lafayette Consolidated Government is an approved Employment Network (EN) that helps people who receive Social Security disability benefits prepare for, find, and/or maintain employment. Everyone age 18 through 64 who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because of their disability is eligible to participate in this free program.
To learn more about the Ticket to Work Program and Social Security's Work Incentives in general please visit https://choosework.ssa.gov/ or call the national Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.
To decide if Lafayette Consolidated Government's Employment Network is the right EN for you and discuss the individualized employment-related services we offer, please contact Lauren Womack, Ticketholder Contact, at 337-262-1918 or TicketToWork@lafayettela.gov
PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION SECTION
The Program Administration Section oversees the management of certain federal, state and local funds. These funds include, but are not limited to:
Federal - Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds
State - Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
Local - Lafayette Consolidated Government General Funds/ External Agencies. The Program Administration Section is also responsible for the fulfillment of all applicable federal, state and local program regulations.
LCG Consolidated Planning