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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Bill Cassidy, M.D., (R-La.) announced today that Baton Rouge was selected as one of just four cities across the U.S. to receive a grant that helps revitalize distressed neighborhoods and enhance economic development in the surrounding communities.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a competitive $30 million Choice Neighborhoods implementation grant to the city of Baton Rouge and the East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority.  This grant will fund a neighborhood revitalization project for Ardenwood Village.

Choice Neighborhoods grants fund neighborhood transformation projects for distressed or struggling neighborhoods.  Choice Neighborhoods implementation grants support communities that have completed the planning process and are prepared to implement the transformation phase for neighborhood redevelopment. 

“This grant will fund a neighborhood revitalization project, which will help improve the quality of life for hundreds of Louisiana families,” said Sen. Kennedy. “Neighborhoods should provide families with community and give kids a safe place to ride their bikes and play with their friends.  The Choice Neighborhoods grant is a significant investment into the Baton Rouge economy, and it will help make the Ardenwood Village a more welcoming place for families to call home.”

“This is very good for East Baton Rouge Parish,” said Dr. Cassidy. “This grant brings critical housing, health and education resources to those in need of help.”