Low-income, qualified residents living in Lafayette Parish have the opportunity to open a special savings account and receive matching funds to save toward owning a home, furthering education, or starting a small business.
A partnership between Lafayette Consolidated Government’s Community Development and Planning Department (CDP) and Southern University’s Center for Social Research and A&M College is designed to provide low-income families with incentives to save money. For every dollar saved, Southern will match with $4 up to $4,000.
Eligible participants accepted into the program can start saving money after opening what’s called an Individual Development Account (IDA). The goal is to enable families to increase their assets and increase financial stability.
LCG’s Housing Counseling Department will work with clients on accessing funds and incorporate the department’s existing housing counseling program.
Household must include at least one minor child
Clients must have earned income
Clients must provide net receipts if self-employed
Clients must agree to open an IDA savings account and save at least $50 per month
Persons who feel they have been discriminated against in a housing transaction due to: Race, Color, Religion, Sex, National Origin, Handicap, or Familial Status, may contact the Discrimination Complaint Hotline at (337) 291-5451.