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Partners Creating Opportunities


 This Project will positively impact residents by providing

  • Quality, affordable housing for low-to-moderate income persons,
  • Entrepreneurship training and business start-up program for low -to-moderate income persons,
  • Technical assistance to a community-based development organization for infrastructure development, and
  • Developing a community master plan.

The Southern University Center for Social Research along with the SU school of Architecture will work closely with Scotlandville CDC (SDDC), the Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC), Community against Drugs and Violence (CADAV), Baton Rouge Green, the Baton Rouge Black Chamber of Commerce, Urban Entrepreneur Partnership-Gulf Coast and The Red Shoes to accomplish the goals of the SU-PCO project.

Housing Stabilization Program:

The Housing Stabilization Program focuses on two areas:

  • Reducing the cost of purchasing affordable housing by reducing loan amounts through mortgage buy downs, and
  • Renovating existing housing.

SU-PCO will work with the Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation in the single-family home affordable housing construction project, targeting the residents surrounding the new construction area.

Entrepreneurship Program:

The Center for Social Research works closely with the Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC), Urban Entrepreneur Partnership-Gulf Coast (UEP-Gulf Coast), Baton Rouge Black Chamber of Commerce and The Red Shoes to provide a three-phase entrepreneurship training and resource program for East Baton Rouge Parish residents and working families with businesses in East Baton Rouge Parish

  • SU-PCO participants will focus on elements necessary to develop business plans and understand the requirements or personal demands necessary to start or expand their businesses.
  • SU-PCO participants will focus on completing or revising business plans and establishing or expanding existing businesses. In this phase, program coaches will be assigned and seminars or training provided as needed.
  • The SU-PCO project will provide limited additional resources to assist low-to-moderate income individuals with business endeavors .These resources will be provided in conjunction with The Red Shoes Lifting Loans entrepreneur program

 Planning and Capacity Building:

Southern University School of Architecture faculty and students will follow the guidance of community residents and develop a master plan for the Scotlandville community.

  • Additionally, conceptual drawings for buildings such as a workforce development center within the master plan will be crested. This plan and building conceptual drawings will increase resident’s ability to present their vision for their community.

Technical Assistance to Community Organizations:

Working closely with the Scotlandville Community Development Corporation, Community against Drugs and Violence and Baton Rouge Green, the Center will assist in Scotlandville community infrastructure improvements and other programs designed to help residents maintain and improve their personal landscape and neighborhood common areas.