Director of Plans & Programs
Director of Operations
In order to make Natchitoches Parish a better place to live while fostering community and economic development, the Hand's Up Northwest Central Louisiana Corporation provides information on Asset Building for decent, safe, and affordable homes, education, career building, and Entrepreneurship for low to very low income families.
Our purpose is to bring awareness to rural areas of Northwest Central Louisiana, of opportunities to achieve the American dream of homeownership through afford housing programs. When people reaches a sense of ownership, they strive for improving their quality of life by working harder toward becoming more self-sufficient which brings about stability in their lives, and an economical growth in communities.
Hand's Up Northwest Central Louisiana Corporation is a non-profit organization that was cooperated in December 2011, and received it's non-profit (501c3) status in December 2013 to assist families to become more self-sufficient through awareness and positive thinking.
Hand's Up Northwest Central Louisiana Corporation originated out of the Natchitoches city and parish housing authorities, where all efforts are made to provide decent, safe and healthy living environments to very low to median income families. In working with individuals and families participating the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program. the founders were able to link success to families achieving independency through homeownership. The FSS Program provides a road map for helping participant achieve goals by linking them with a coordinator who coordinates with local private, public, and other social service agents to help participants over come hurdles and road by supporting participant seeking goals for educational, job training, financial management, credit restoral, homeownership, and other areas of their lives.
The housing authorities of Natchitoches has taken the option to allow their Section 8 Participant to use their housing vouchers for homeownership. By giving FSS participant preference over other Section 8 participants, the housing authorities mandatory slots have always been 100% filled. The program has drawn the interest of many Section 8 participant wanting to get on the FSS program. This has also lead to many Public Housing participant wanting to move toward homeownership. With the use of affordable homeownership programs and leveraging loans, both housing authorities have been very successful in moving toward becoming self sufficient.
Two professionally trained housing counselors conduct free group and individual counseling/coaching and workshops on topics such as:
We also partners with IRS and the housing authorities of Natchitoches to provide free tax assistant through the Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA) program.