For Immediate Release
July 20, 2017
Janice Lovett, 225.342.1790
Parish-specific meetings offer next step toward development of coastal community adaptation plans
LA SAFE—Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments—will host a series of parishwide meetings in six coastal parishes July 24 through Aug. 3. The larger meetings follow 21 smaller community meetings in the six parishes held in late May and early June that engaged nearly 500 residents in Plaquemines, Terrebonne, Jefferson, St. John the Baptist, Lafourche and St. Tammany parishes. More than 1,000 residents have participated, with more expected as the momentum and interest continue to build on this co-design planning process.
The parishwide meetings will allow residents to begin the process of drafting strategies based on the feedback generated during the community-meeting process. This will lead to the design of specific parishwide adaptation strategies with at least one project, program or policy that would be funded through LA SAFE—a planning initiative coordinated by the Louisiana Office of Community Development’s Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD), in partnership with Foundation for Louisiana’s Coastal Resilience Leverage Fund.
The LA SAFE planning process will conclude with the final adaptation of a plan for each parish by the end of 2017.
A full list of the upcoming parishwide meetings is below. (Each listing includes a link to the meeting’s Facebook event page.) All meetings are 6 – 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Food will be provided.
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About LA SAFE—LA SAFE is a planning process to develop a common vision with coastal residents intended to guide parish-specific decision-making in coming decades relative to projected flood risks. The Louisiana Office of Community Development’s Disaster Recovery Unit, in partnership with the Foundation for Louisiana’s Coastal Resilience Leverage Fund and the elected leadership of the parish, is coordinating the LA SAFE planning initiative. The planning process is a key step in the implementation of LA SAFE, a $40 million initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Once plans are developed, the LA SAFE team will use the balance of funds to invest in proposed programs and projects. LA SAFE is a community-focused resilience and adaptation policy framework complementing the state’s Coastal Master Plan. LASAFE.la.gov
About Foundation for Louisiana—The mission of Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) is to invest in people and practices that reduce vulnerability and build stronger, more sustainable communities statewide. FFL’s partnership with the State of Louisiana on the launch of the planning process of LA SAFE builds on FFL’s extensive work in coastal communities and its commitment to equitable and inclusive planning. Working within the Coastal Resiliency Leverage Fund and through the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Foundation began work in the summer and fall of 2016 on its LEAD the Coast initiative, which supported Plaquemines Parish residents in the design of their own coastal community engagement and planning process. Since its founding in 2005, FFL has invested $41.5 million in more than 200 mission-critical nonprofit organizations working throughout the state towards rebuilding a better Louisiana. foundationforlouisiana.org
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