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Village of Folsom Draft

Public opposition to affordable housing that is related tothe general pubic image of low-income housing being tiedto crime.Increasing credit worthiness standards (related to thenation housing and credit crisis) that have the most impacton low- and moderate-income families.Residents and officials in the Village of Folsom recognize that itsresidential neighborhoods are the lifeblood of the community, andthat good quality affordable housing is integral to a healthycommunity environment. To that end, it is the goal of this Plan tocontinue to make housing opportunities available throughout theVillage to all income brackets and age groups. Further, the Townwill require that quality design and appearance are importantfactors in the review of low- and moderate-income housingdevelopments when and if they are appropriate in the community.Housing QualityIn order to meet the housing needs of all current and futureresidents, the Village will also encourage the rehabilitation ofsubstandard units, infill development of vacant lots, and thepreservation, renovation, and rehabilitation of its older housingstock through code enforcement and housing programs. Inparticular, the 2008-2012 St. Tammany Parish Consolidated Planexpressed a need for mobile home repair programs that will helpwith minor repairs for low-income, elderly and disabled residents.Similarly, it is important that the Village strive to provide assistancewith compliance of building and housing codes through the use ofhousing rehabilitation programs, where applicable, to upgradehousing for senior citizens, disabled persons, and other eligibleresidents.Between 2000 and 2015, there is a substantial projected increase invacant units in the Village. This increase, from 25 to 46 units (+84%)is based on normal housing turnover plus the addition of foreclosedproperties that may sit vacant for long periods of time. While it isthe hope that the Village of Folsom can avoid the long-termmaintenance issues being faced by many communities, it isimportant to monitor and enforce housing and building coderequirements on properties as they become vacant. Further,updating the Village regulations, including the zoning, subdivisionand building requirements is crucial to maintaining the high qualityneighborhoods that Folsom residents so cherish.HomelessnessA final issue to address is the level of homelessness in the Village.Currently, the Parish does not have accurate statistics of thevarious sub-categories of homeless populations within the Parish,however, St. Tammany Parish participates in the NorthlakeHomeless Coalition and has participated with the LouisianaInteragency Action Council on Homelessness. The InteragencyCouncil’s single night count of the homeless in January 2007revealed 120 total homeless persons in the Parish that day, with themajority being adult individuals. A single night count in January of2008 revealed 195 unsheltered homeless individuals. While thisdoes not accurately represent the number of homeless peopleliving in the Village, it does indicate a disturbing trend, exacerbatedby the recent housing and credit crisis. As such, it is important forthe Village of Folsom to partner with the Parish and other localagencies to address the needs of residents who are, or maybecome, homeless.Village of Folsom, LADRAFT Comprehensive Master Plan – 11.7.2010 Draft54

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