PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
FOR FAMILY LIVING RESIDENTS
Now in its' fifteenth year, this program provides down payment
and closing cost assistance, and technical and financial
assistance to low and moderate income families. In cooperation
with the City of Monroe Community Development, bankers,
realtors, inspectors and other home specialists, participants
can become first time home owners. Call
318-388-1500 ext. 331 for eligibility requirements and class
The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) is designed to
help Section 8 residents become independent and self-supporting.
Through partnerships with local agencies the program assists
participants in reaching their goals including obtaining
a GED, college degree or vocational and technical training.
Participants have access to child care assistance, transportation,
courses in money management, and career counseling.
Against Women Act (VAWA)
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA)
requires public housing authorities to inform public housing
and assisted tenants of their rights under this law, including
their right to confidentiality and the limits thereof. Information
regarding VAWA is included in the Admissions and Continued Occupancy
and Administrative Policies. The following information is available
to anyone who requests it: A summary of the rights and protections
provided by VAWA to public housing applicants and residents
and housing choice voucher program applicants and participants
who are or have been victims of domestic violence, dating violence,
or stalking; The definitions of domestic violence, dating violence,
and stalking as provided by VAWA; An explanation of the documentation
that the PHA may require from an individual who claims the protections
provided by VAWA; A copy of form HUD-50066, Certification of
Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, or Stalking; A statement
of the Public Housing Authority's obligation to keep confidential
any information that it receives from a victim unless (a) the
PHA has the victim's written permission to release the information,
(b) it needs to use the information in an eviction proceeding;
or (c) it is compelled by law to release the information.
The National Domestic Violence Hot Line: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
Currently the MHA has four centers in the following developments:
Foster Heights, Miller Square, Burg Jones, and Robinson Place.
Monroe Housing Authority provides housing for local law
enforcement officers to live within public housing complexes.
These officers take part in community meetings and provide
an additional link for neighborhood security.
Officers are assigned to provide patrols as needed to
housing sites. Officers patrol on foot, in patrol cars
and on bicycle.
This is a six-week drug prevention recreational awareness program.
MHA's young men and women and some adults have the opportunity
to be involved in recreational and cultural summer activities.
The program introduces participants to tennis, volleyball, gymnastics,
field trips, special outings, clinics, computer training and
much more. For more information: ci.monroe.la.us
Northeast Louisiana Family Literacy Consortium provided by the Ouachita Parish School System
For more information contact: Kaye Sharbano at 318-432-5292.
Resident groups meet monthly at each development to discuss
various issues affecting their neighborhood. These meetings
are also instrumental in activities at each housing site.