Foundation for Louisiana ready for final round of LA SAFE meetings in six parishes


Meetings conclude through December in Jefferson, LaFourche, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Terrebonne parishes.

Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) is excited to wrap up community meetings in six parishes to put the finishing touches on draft strategies for adaptation projects as part of it’s work in Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments. Meetings for the fifth and final round will invite residents, officials and other stakeholders of Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Terrebonne parishes to come to the table one last time in December to have their voices heard as we evaluate each of the pilot projects being considered.
LA SAFE is managed by FFL through its Coastal Resilience Leverage Fund in partnership with the Louisiana Office of Community Development’s Disaster Recovery Unit. The $40 million project is funded primarily through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

FFL is represented on the LA SAFE team by Liz Williams, Coastal Community Resilience Director; Rachelle Thomason, Coastal Community Resilience Programs Associate; Caressa Chester, Coastal Community Programs Assistant; and David Lee Simmons, Communications Specialist.

“We have been really impressed with the incredible participation in this co-design process, which started with the announced launch of LA SAFE by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards in March,” Williams said. “Over the last year, our planning team has engaged with more than 1,750 people at nearly 50 meetings across the six LA SAFE parishes. Additionally, the team has received a multitude of feedback from participants who have joined us online. This kind of activity reminds us of how important residents are as we work to fulfill our mission to invest in people and practices that work to reduce vulnerability and build stronger, more sustainable communities statewide.”

For the previous round of meetings, Round 4, that wrapped up in early November, residents reviewed and provided feedback on the draft strategies developed by the LA SAFE team as a result of several rounds of collaborative meetings. In this round, the planning team has worked with residents, parish officials, NGO partners and other supporters of this initiative to narrow down the potential pilot project list in order to provide Round 5 participants the opportunity to come out and decide which projects make the most sense in their parish.

That’s right! We are saying that residents will have a direct impact on what could be funded as a result of this initiative by coming out and making your voices heard and preferences known. Opportunities to select your favorite project(s) will be provided on-site at the last round of meetings, which also serves as a chance to celebrate everyone’s hard work with food, music, art and other staples of your parish’s diverse culture. (To arrange for transportation, call Rachelle at 504.517.5292.)

We encourage residents to be a part of the selection process and the celebration. The selected projects will be announced early 2018. Join us!
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Thursday, Dec. 7 (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.) — Mel Ott Recreation Center, 2301 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna

Monday, Dec. 18 (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.) — Mathews Government Complex 4876 La. Hwy. 1, Mathews

Tuesday, Dec. 19 (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.) — Port Sulphur Community Center/YMCA, 278 Civic Drive, Port Sulphur

Asian Community Meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 20 (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) — Panda King, 925 Behrman Hwy., Gretna

Monday, Dec. 11 (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.) — LaPlace Elementary School, 393 Greenwood Drive, LaPlace

Tuesday, Dec. 12 (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.) — Slidell Municipal Auditorium. 2056 Second St., Slidell

Wednesday, Dec. 6 (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.) — Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd., Houma