The area offers a wide range of choices for living - planned developments with small neighborhoods, apartments, condominiums, and other convenient locations depending on the family or individuals' needs.
There has been an expansion of the region's housing market over the past several years, with new residential construction at all levels and prices.
Currently, the SWLA Economic Development Alliance is assessing sustainable building in addition to housing needs, through the Southwest Louisiana Regional Housing Strategic Plan. This project is jointly funded by the Alliance and the State of Louisiana Office of Community Development-Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD-DRU) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The Alliance was granted CDBG funding, to create a plan for housing that would guide sustainable building and housing developments to withstand the occurrence of natural disasters. Recent industrial expansions and announcements have compounded the need for a plan for housing to accommodate the expected population increase in Southwest Louisiana.
The plan for housing will encompass the five parish area of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jefferson Davis. The Alliance’s Housing Project consists of three phases, a regional housing study, a resiliency housing strategy, and a market housing strategy. These three components will yield an encompassing strategy for building homes to meet the area’s expansion in a resilient manner. The Southwest Louisiana Regional Housing Strategic Plan will serve as a resource for local government and housing developers as they navigate housing needs during this unprecedented economic growth. It will also assist as a recruitment tool for industry.
The Alliance is proud to announce that the Regional Housing Strategic Plan consultant search has culminated with the selection of CSRS, Inc. This group, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, proved that they have the needed skills to execute the plan in addition to an understanding of the community and culture that is the essence of Southwest Louisiana. The CSRS, Inc. team has a proven practice in South Louisiana and is equipped with broad technical expertise to assess current housing conditions and forecast demand associated with this overwhelming economic expansion.
The Southwest Louisiana Regional Housing Strategic Plan will give guidance on where to build, what kind of units to build, and needed price ranges for homes. The plan will also address infrastructure and temporary housing needs. To ensure resiliency in the event of natural disaster, the plan will address sustainable building practices. It will also assess when home building should increase, peak, and decrease. Forecasting demand accurately will help prevent overbuilding, and will in turn help preserve the culture of Southwest Louisiana as it grows and prospers.