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Homeless No More: LANO Member Brings Needed Housing to Baton Rouge

Thursday, July 28, 2011   (3 Comments)
Posted by: Matt Mullenix
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Today's Baton Rouge Advocate features LANO member Randy Nichols of Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless, who with the Gulf Coast Housing Partnership and other area nonprofits, has renovated the historic Scott Street School to provide affordable housing for the homeless.

Randy's approach to this important community project demonstrates the power of collaboration and proves the ability of the nonprofit sector to effect real and lasting change for the better.

From Advocate staff writer Carol Ann Blitzer's story:
"It’s a whole national movement toward social enterprise,” said Nichols, who is looking for a grant to create a tenant association for the facility.

"This is what we call mission-driven development, developing properties to serve our own clients to increase the amount of serviceable housing,” he said. "We couldn't do it by ourselves, but we can be partners in very attractive properties to serve the people we serve.”

Comments...

Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations says...
Posted Monday, August 01, 2011
Amen to that y'all. By chance we ran into Randy in New Orleans on Friday (at restaurant "Luke"---great eatery right next to the Pan American conference site), so we were able to send congrats in person.
Lynn Maloney-Mujica says...
Posted Monday, August 01, 2011
Congratulations to Randy Nichols and Kathy Laborde. The Scott School project is not only a winner for its residents, it also saved a piece of Baton Rouge's history and showed us what this neglected neighborhood can be!
Stafford Kendall, Covalent Logic says...
Posted Monday, August 01, 2011
Great story!

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