Jeanne MARINO- Director
The Department of Grants serves as the Parish’s central administrative unit responsible for securing external resources through grants and contracts as well as accountability to those sources. The department also informs the Parish departments, offices and agencies of all relevant local, state and federal grant programs as well as provides guidance and support to the Parish while ensuring the government’s contractual and regulatory obligations.
Rental assistance provided to an eligible household must not be duplicative of any other federally funded rental assistance provided to such household.
The St. Tammany Rental Assistance Program (STRAP) will accept applications for the following households:
- Households with an income at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI) which is approximately $62,700 for a family of four;
- Households that have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19; and
- Households that are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
- Support documentation will be required prior to issuance of payments.
The Department of Grants shall also be responsible for administration of the following programs:
- Mitigation is designed to reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards while simultaneously reducing the reliance on Federal disaster funds. St. Tammany administers Hazard Mitigation funds awarded by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), for qualified residential properties within the Parish.
- STAR Transit is a demand response transit system that operates within the boundaries of St. Tammany Parish. The system is open to all residents within the Parish. The program operates two types of services: rural transportation and urban transportation. It is designed to transport passengers to and between essential services and destinations. This service is non-emergency and provides curb-to-curb service on a call-in, first-come first served basis.
Who should I contact for information on temporary assistance for housing or weatherizing my home?
For temporary assistance for housing or weatherizing your home, contact the Community Action Agency in Slidell at 646-2090, or in Covington 893-3923.
I am interested in obtaining a low-interest mortgage loan for first-time home buyers. What agency should I call in order to find out more about these loans?
We recommend that you call the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency (LHFA) at (888) 454-2001, or visit their website at www.lhfa.state.la.us to learn about programs designed to assist first-time home buyers as well as a list of participating lenders. We also recommend that you contact the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at (202) 708-1112, and inquire about their FHA loans.
Who should I contact to find out if there are grants available for start-up businesses?
We recommend that you contact the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for assistance and information. You can contact the SBDC at one of the following universities, or contact the Louisiana Small Business Development Center: Louisiana Small Business Development Center Telephone: (318) 342-5506 Website: www.lsbdc.org; Loyola University Small Business Development Center Telephone: (504) 864-7942; Southeastern Louisiana University Telephone: (985) 549-3831, University of New Orleans Telephone: (504) 539-9292
Can I obtain a grant from St. Tammany Parish for my art project?
How do I obtain a grant to elevate my home?
Grants are available for residential mitigation in relation to specific disaster and through an annual competitive grant opportunity provided by FEMA. Each opportunity has specific requirements - see Residential Mitigation page for more information.