April 22, 2013 8:29 AM
HOUMA, La. (AP) - The Terrebonne Parish Council is expected to approve a grant to build an affordable housing complex in Houma for people with disabilities. The Community Development Block Grant agreement, if approved on Monday, will involve loaning the Start Corp. $800,000 to hire contractors to build Magnolia Lofts,... more »
August 28, 2012 8:59 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The former director of the Church Point Housing Authority has been sentenced to home confinement and ordered to repay the nearly $200,000 she embezzled from the agency. Sarah Robert, who told federal agents she had a gambling problem, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a federal... more »
May 11, 2012 10:03 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Housing Finance Agency has awarded the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority a $1 million grant to transform a brick warehouse near downtown into loft-style apartments for artists. John Arceneaux, chairman of the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority, tells The Advocate the 15-unit development is... more »
March 29, 2012 9:29 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Four Louisiana cities are getting a total of $575,000 to help house homeless veterans. A news release Wednesday from U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu and Rep. Cedric Richmond said the money is going to housing authorities in East Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette, and to... more »
March 6, 2012 8:44 AM
A senior administration official says President Barack Obama will announce housing initiatives to help members of the military as well as homeowners with mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration. Obama will spell out the housing efforts during a news conference today. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to... more »
January 23, 2012 10:36 PM
Realtors report new numbers that show Acadiana's Housing market is on the upswing from 2010 to 2011.
Susan "I think the bottom line there is that Acadiana as a whole is up, there were more sales residentially and the Multiple Listing Service as a whole," said Susan Simmons, a... more »
January 12, 2012 4:03 PM
After a much deserved break, thousands of UL Lafayette students returned to school Wednesday.
This school year brings lots of excitement as UL has several major construction projects underway.
Just last year, UL's new dorms became a reality and one week ago, the newsest dorms, Huger Hall opened.... more »
August 4, 2011 10:24 PM
UL is expecting record numbers of incoming freshman for the Fall 2012 semester, with approximately 3,000 students starting this month. But does the university have enough room?
UL's Housing Department said as of right now, there isn't enough space for all of the students wanting to live on-campus this... more »
May 24, 2011 10:59 PM
The Mayor of Opelousas coming under fire after an independent audit of the Opelousas Housing Authority for the fiscal year from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010.
Mayor Donald Cravins, Sr. said he doesn't often get upset about what is said about him in the public eye, but... more »
April 28, 2011 7:11 AM
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - An independent audit has found that the Alexandria Housing Authority kept shaddy books, paid invoices in a haphazard way and wrongly distributed money among restricted funds en route to losing almost $2 million in the 2009-10 fiscal year. Outside auditor Dan McCaskill, an accountant from Mandeville,... more »
April 24, 2011 2:08 PM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A new board of employees from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has set new policies to deal with nepotism, absenteeism and ethics at the Lafayette Housing Authority. A HUD spokeswoman says the agency has cut $300,000 in contracts, tightened financial controls and reassigned... more »
February 18, 2011 9:22 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal officials are extending disaster housing aid for victims of hurricane Ike and Gustav by five months. The extension, announced Friday, will help about 1,743 families in Louisiana. The victims have been receiving disaster aid since the hurricanes hit in the fall of 2008. The rental... more »
November 26, 2010 9:17 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - There are few images of college life more idyllic than a tree-shaded campus. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, with its stands of Century Oaks, pines, cypress and more, is a beautiful example of that. But the university's enrollment is also growing and to deal with... more »
October 26, 2010 6:41 AM
The Lafayette Housing Authority will meet at 3 this afternoon. This comes on the heels of a pair of unexpected resignations by both L-H-A director Walter Guillory and assistant director Jonathan Carmouche.
October 25, 2010 4:37 PM
Two top officials at the Lafayette Housing Authority have quit less than a week after the agency was mandated to get federal approval for all spending. Executive Director Walter Guillory and Deputy Director Jonathan Carmouche left their posts Monday. Last week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development said the... more »
October 25, 2010 10:39 AM
The head of the Lafayette Housing Authority has stepped down. According to workers at the Housing Authority, Walter Guillory and Johnathon Carmouche, assistant director, resigned this morning, effective immediately. We'll continue to follow this story and bring you more, later in the day.
From August 18, 2010... more »
October 21, 2010 6:50 AM
Three Lafayette Housing Authority Board members met for the first time Wednesday since being reinstated. Joe Dennis, Leon Simmons and John Freeman heard from auditors who drafted the unfavorable report for the housing authority. That report led to most of the board members being dismissed by city Parish President Joey... more »
October 15, 2010 4:56 PM
Three Lafayette Housing Authority board members who were ousted from their position, are back on the board. Judge Ed Rubin handed down that decision today. Joe Dennis, John Freeman, and Leon Simmons appealed their dismissal by City-Parish President Joey Durel. Durel says he let all but one board member go... more »
October 12, 2010 1:18 PM
The Lafayette Housing Authority hearing wraps up in Judge Edward Rubin's courtroom today after just a few minutes. During the 10:30 a.m. hearing, both sides submitted evidence. Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel was not present. City-Parish Attorney Pat Ottinger was there in his place. Durel had been ordered to appear... more »
October 7, 2010 9:31 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former chief financial officer with the Housing Authority of New Orleans has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison. Elias Castellanos, who now lives in Prescott Valley, Ariz., pleaded guilty in September 2009 to embezzling $900,000 from the public housing agency. U.S. District... more »
October 7, 2010 5:08 PM
Lafayette, LA --- City-Parish President Joey Durel today announced the appointment of six individuals to the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Lafayette.
"I am pleased to announce that Amos Batiste, Kevin Carrier, Gregory Dugas, Mary Guidry, Penny Malbrew, and Shirley Vige have agreed... more »
September 30, 2010 8:08 PM
Three former LHA commissioners held a public meeting on Thursday as if they were never removed. "There's a pending issue," LHA Attorney Daniel Stanford said. "Three of the individuals are filing a petition in district court that they are in fact board members." A *pending* issue that didn't stop John... more »
September 30, 2010 4:33 PM
Three of the commissioners ousted from the Lafayette Housing authority say they're back on the job and they planned on holding their next meeting today. But the special board of commissioners meeting was canceled after the Housing Authority failed to get a quorum. Three members showed up, but they needed... more »
September 28, 2010 7:40 PM
Three ousted Lafayette Housing Authority commissioners say they're going back to work for HUD. A district judge decided former commissioners Joe Dennis, Leon Simmons and John Freeman should remain board members until their appeals process is completed. It's all summed-up an 80-page judgement. After reading the judgement, former city attorney... more »
September 21, 2010 5:57 PM
Lafayette council members will hear from three men dismissed last month from the Lafayette housing authority board tonight.
Joe Dennis, John Freeman Jr and Leon Simmons are listed on the council agenda.
They say they were unfairly let go following a questionable audit of the housing authority.
... more »
August 31, 2010 7:19 PM
More controversy swirling around the Lafayette Housing Authority. KATC learned the Assistant Director has been driving a government vehicle with a suspended license. This is the latest in a series of stories KATC has uncovered since an audit found more than $400,000 of mishandled funds. Here's a short history: Auditors... more »
August 30, 2010 7:33 PM
A protest at the Lafayette Housing Authority Monday defended the actions of LHA board members. This comes after a recent audit found more than $400,000 in misused funds. Nearly a dozen protesters made their opposition to Parish President Joey Durel's decision known. They want six African American housing authority board... more »
August 30, 2010 1:55 PM
KATC has just left a press conference where protesters are calling for the resignation of Parish President Joey Durel. The group was speaking in support of the Lafayette Housing Authority and board members who were recently let go. They say Durel's decision to replace a majority of the board was... more »
August 27, 2010 7:36 PM
Board positions with the Lafayette Housing Authority are still up in the air... following an audit highlighting questionable payroll practices.
City-Parish President Joey Durel is still waiting on commitments from two candidates.
He now expects the board to be ready by Tuesday... questions still surround HUD and who... more »
August 25, 2010 7:23 PM
New details out of the Lafayette Housing Authority scandal but these details may lead to more questions than answers. The questions surround the hiring process; at least one of the applicants who was hired, a convicted felon. Parish President Joey Durel browsed through more than 10-pages of criminal documents surrounding... more »
August 21, 2010 4:08 PM
LAKESHORE, Miss. (AP) - Pete Yarborough, a trucker who hauled seafood until the BP oil spill hit, and about 800 other households are under pressure to buy or get out of the state-owned cottages they've been living in since Hurricane Katrina left them homeless. Yarborough's 400-square-foot cottage sits on cinder... more »
August 18, 2010 7:45 PM
Three Housing Authority commissioners received a letter in the mail. It told them they are no longer to report to commission meetings and will no longer be needed by the Housing Authority. The letter was signed by Parish President Joey Durel.
The move comes after an audit discovered "mishandled... more »
August 18, 2010 11:11 AM
Press Release: City-Parish President Joey Durel today announced that he has exercised his authority and has removed three Commissioners from the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Lafayette, Louisiana. City-Parish President Durel stated, "Although the Housing Authority of Lafayette is not a unit of the... more »
July 26, 2010 6:55 AM
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - A $1.5 million housing rehabilitation effort will begin in Opelousas this fall. Joe Sandley, a housing specialist with the Shaw Group that will oversee the program, said only owner-occupied houses that were damaged during either hurricanes Gustav or Ike will qualify. For the first round of... more »
June 18, 2010 2:33 PM
If you live along the oil-stricken coast you may be able to get some financial relief on your mortgage payments.
Government-sponsored mortgage purchaser Fannie Mae says servicers may suspend or reduce mortgage payments for those impacted by the oil spill.
Fannie Mae says it is at the mortgage... more »
May 13, 2010 12:01 PM
WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate announced today a second extension to the Disaster Housing Assistance Program-Ike (DHAP-Ike), giving families who were displaced by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav more time to transition to long-term housing solutions. This extension... more »
February 25, 2010 10:12 AM
Shelter is one of the biggest necessities in life-- but often the most forgotten when people donate items to disaster victims.
In a poor country like Haiti, those suffering do not have resources like FEMA trailers, so local Rotarians are sending temporary housing.
"They're sleeping in fields, under... more »
January 22, 2010 11:52 AM
Scholarships are available for qualifying first-time freshmen at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2010.
UL Lafayette offers incoming freshmen many scholarships including the Jefferson Caffery Scholarship, the Academic Scholarship, the Centennial Scholarship, the Academic Excellence Scholarship, the Distinguished Freshman Scholarship, the... more »
December 29, 2009 1:45 PM
After an F2 tornado hit Gueydan on Christmas Eve, those whose homes were damaged had a lot of work to do.
KATC caught up with some of the residents Tuesday morning to see how the clean up is coming along.
Houses on South 2nd Street were torn apart,... more »
December 16, 2009 2:25 PM
The Obama administration is working on a national AIDS policy, and a handful of representatives from across the country were chosen to help. A local man was chosen by the Office of National AIDS Policy after they had heard of his hard work over the past decade. Acadiana C.A.R.E.S. director... more »
December 10, 2009 2:04 PM
The latest in "green" technology has arrived in Acadiana. The company iSpace has teamed up with Louisiana System Built Homes of St. Martinville to build up-and-coming green homes.
This project has been a work in progress for four years. It started after Hurricane Katrina, when iSpace realized the need... more »
October 20, 2009 11:31 AM
The Lafayette Fire Department, upholding it's oath-to save life and property, implements a new program to assist fire victims of Lafayette parish. The mission of Project F.I.R.E. (Firefighters Initiating Rebuilding Efforts) is to provide qualifying victims with immediate and short-term housing and fundamental resources to assist in rebuilding their lives.... more »
October 15, 2009 7:18 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving four parishes more than $135,000 each for housing counseling grants. The grants for agencies in Jefferson,Lafayette, New Orleans, and Shreveport were announced on Wednesday. Officials say they will help families facing foreclosure, seeking affordable rental housing,... more »
October 2, 2009 2:06 PM
As Louisiana families transition from their FEMA temporary housing unit (THU) to a permanent, long term home, FEMA has an updated telephone number to assist these residents who need to have their unit deactivated. Call 1-225-389-5732. This telephone number is for FEMA temporary housing unit deactivation requests in Louisiana associated... more »