Block grant funding for Calcasieu Parish

Block Grant for Calcasieu Parish

Hayes, La. - The Calcasieu Parish Human Services Department is asking for input from the public on how to improve the services geared toward low income families.

"Persons in these smaller communities are aware of the services we provide and they certainly take advantage of those services," Director of Human Services Tarek Polite said.

The department is going around the parish to inform the public of the services they provide as well as the money they are receiving to enhance these programs.

Human Services received a block grant of $600,000 from the federal government through the state. And since it's a block grant, Polite said the parish gets the money automatically.

"We realize we have to be very prudent with the dollars that we receive and we want public input to make sure we're directing those dollars as properly and prudently as possible," Polite said.

As to how much each town within Calcasieu Parish receives, he said he's unsure. It just depends on the need for improvements to the services and programs they provide.

"The block grant is used to fund a variety of things from employment to housing, nutrition programs and food programs," Polite said. He said the funds are used both indirectly and directly, for example going toward health screenings.

With the grant money the Human Services Department will be able to work on improving the current services and bring more projects to the communities to better serve those low income families in Calcasieu Parish.

More informational meetings will be held throughout the summer months.

- Iowa on Monday, June 25 6 p.m. at 207 W. Hwy 90

- Sulphur on Tuesday, June 26 6 p.m. at Frasch Park 400 Picard Road

- Vinton Ward 7 Recreation Center Monday, July 23 6 p.m.

- Starks VFW Post Tuesday, July 24 6 p.m.

- DeQuincy City Hall Monday, July 30 6 p.m.

- Moss Bluff VFW Post 9933 Tuesday, July 31 6 p.m.

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