Monroe City Council Approves Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy

MONROE, La. (KNOE) – The Monroe City Council has approved a plan for Mayor Friday Ellis to submit a neighborhood revitalization strategy for five city neighborhoods. The plans will be sent to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“The goal is to improve housing,” said Monroe Housing and Urban Development Director Ellen Hill. “How to improve the quality of life? How to stabilize the neighborhood?

The plan applies to five neighborhoods, including the neighborhoods of Booker T. Washington, Sherrouse, Renwick, New Town and Cotton Mills.

“It’s an area that’s been neglected for a long, long time,” said Councilwoman Juanita Woods, who represents several of the neighborhoods involved in the plan.

The proposal aims to improve home ownership and infrastructure, fight the scourge and increase economic opportunity.

“It’s so important because when you drive through our communities, all the other homes are something people have moved to,” Councilor Woods explained. “It hasn’t been guarded, just to the point where it needs fixing.”

The plan includes adding services to community centers, including job training, daycare, after-school programs, and more.

“Community centers should be used as they intended,” Woods said. “As a community center. One where an individual can go to the center for all their needs.

Woods thinks more services could point children in a more positive direction.

“This could be one of those opportunities to minimize crime in our communities,” Woods explained. “It will give our children, the residents, something to do.”

It is unclear how much or who will pay for specific projects.

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