West 30s Redemption Company Advisory Board Member, Dr. Seu Hee Ledet was named one of the Principles of the Year in St. Tammany Parish. She has also been named as a semifinalist in the 2023 Louisiana Principal of the Year program. Join us in congratulating her! Click here to read the NOLA.com article.
The history and an update of the West 30s Revitalization Plan from Mayor Mark Johnson's March 2022 newsletter. Click here.
During Hurricane Ida the house at 1120 N. Taylor was crushed by a huge tree. Here are photos before, during and after demolition. In April, The West 30's Redemption Company is relocating a small house to this site that had been on the Bogue Falaya River in Abita Springs.
Update on W. 29th and Lynn Alley as well as W. 33rd and Schoultz Alley
JANUARY 18, 2022
Please click here to read an article by NOLA.com entitled: Finally home: After more than a decade in FEMA trailer, three sisters move into Covington home.
AUGUST 16, 2021
Please click here to access an excellent article by the Nola.com entitled: Historic West 30s neighborhood welcomes new home-owning families this year.
JULY 15, 2021
Two lots we are preparing to build new houses on at 906 W. 32nd Avenue and 905 Schoultz Alley. We have been delayed in getting started for 30 days due to rainy, wet conditions. Today, we were able to finally make some progress! The two new three bedroom, two bathroom houses will be completed this fall.
We couldn’t be more proud of this grass roots community effort! Our homeowners are thrilled, grateful and proud of the nice new curb appeal of their yards. Home-sweet-home, indeed. Thank you so much to the Seniors of St. Paul's who cleared and cleaned the yards, the Covington Mayor’s Office newsletter subscribers for their monetary donations, Simpson Sod for providing the grass at cost and the wonderful men and women of the Covington Fire and Police Departments who gave of their time in this hot, humid weather! And, thank you, Mayor Mark, for sharing this story. You are all the Nicest!
This is the story from the July Covington newsletter:
Earlier this year, a few of our residents moved into safe, new and affordable housing made possible by the West 30’s Redemption company non-profit. To keep the prices low, yard work and grass were not included. Seniors from St. Paul’s volunteered to clean the yards. More recently, a number of very nice readers, donated almost $1,000 for the purchase of grass. Simpson Sod Company delivered six pallets at cost. Then, volunteers from the Covington Fire Department and the Covington Police Department installed the grass one cool and dry morning. Okay, it was really hot and humid. No taxpayer dollars or time were use in this endeavor. The rose bushes came from the resident’s previous home, (which was a Katrina FEMA trailer).
The Crew: Covington Police and Firefighters!
JUNE 15, 2021
MAY 11, 2021
West 30’s Redemption Company hosted a Community Meeting at Faith Bible Church on Tuesday, May 11th. Speakers included Pastor Nate Young, W30RC Executive Director Bryan Burns, homeowners Hubert and Joyce Cyprian and Colleen Dixon, Advisory Board Director Ziggy Kamga, Habitat for Humanity STW Vice President Terri Gage, and St. Tammany Home Ownership Center Financial Counselor Kevin Zamjahn.
Bryan Burns noted that W30RC is building and/or renovating one, two, three and four-bedroom houses. On average, the current total cost of principal and interest, property taxes and insurance is $550, $650, $750 and $850 per month for the one, two, three and four-bedroom houses, respectively. W30RC has provided houses for 24 families to date and two more are currently in process. There are 8 new builds and one renovation that will all start within the coming month. Shortly after Labor Day, the total of families provided with houses will be 35. Each of the 11 pending houses already has a Faith Partner church lined up, a Business Partner sponsor aligned and a family selected for the house.
If you are interested in learning more about our program visit our recently re-developed website www.w30rc.org. May God continue to bless the City of Covington, the West 30’s Community and the families whom he has selected for the new affordable houses.
2020. 2 U.S. Department of Treasury distributes $25 billion+ in emergency rental assistance. Do you qualify? The U.S. Department of the Treasury released Frequently Asked Questions in February, to help individuals and communities determine eligibility, requirements and to provide instructions for this more than $25 billion in emergency rental assistance to renters in need. Please click here for the FAQs.
W30RC Directors Featured on Leadership St. Tammany Affordable Housing Breakfast Series - Two of our Board Directors were featured speakers for the recent Leadership St. Tammany Alumni Foundation Breakfast Series held on February 18th at Benedict's Plantation. The program, "The Challenge of Affordable Housing in St. Tammany Parish" included Bryan Burns, Executive Director who spoke about our work in the West 30's area, and Shiloh Moates, W30RC Director and Founding Partner at msh Architects who spoke about design and construction elements of affordable housing. The speaker panel also included Keth Cunningham and Janel Young with Louisiana Housing Corporation, Jeff St. Romain with Habitat St. Tammany West and Victor Smeltz with Volunteers of America/Renaissance Development Corporation. Ross Richardson, W30RC Board President moderated the program and noted, "As St. Tammany Parish grows and prospers, those favorable issues bring with them challenges in serving all of the Parish's residents. Affordable housing continues to be one such challenge." The program addressed the problem of affordable housing in our area, highlighted some creative solutions that are being implemented by non-profit groups and governmental agencies to address the problem, and showed the audience what affordable housing really is and what it actually looks like. Over 125 LST Alumnus and guests attended the event including several other W30RC Board members. Bryan added, "While our work is focused on helping families in the West 30's neighborhood, we recognize that the problem of affordable housing is all around us, and we were happy to add our voices to the ways in which our communities can address this challenge."
JULY 25, 2019
St. Tammany Parish needs more affordable rental housing options, advocates on both sides of the parish say. Click here to view. Nola.com article
MAY 1, 2019
West 30s block party brings out the community: MAY 1, 2019 - 7:00 AM. Click here to view Nola.com article
"Covington Cares" service day strengthens bonds in the West 30s neighborhood Click here to view Nola.com article
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