MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Historic West 30’s
When I was 14 years old, my father would send me to a small store in Covington's historically black community. He really liked the salami and the hogs-head cheese they sliced in the rear of the little shotgun house store. During those trips, I could not help but notice the poor condition of some of the houses and think, "this just isn't right." Today, almost 50 years later, people still live in those houses. This just isn't right.
It is a complicated problem. Going in too heavy-handed with code enforcement and regulatory action has the unintended consequence of doubling rent or shuttering the home - both which lead to homelessness.
For the past 10 years I have given walking tours of the 30's, sharing a rich and wonderful history. However, those on my tour cannot help but notice the housing conditions. One such tour led to Bryan Burns spearheading a 501-C3 non-profit, faith based company called West 30's Redemption Company. I am proud to have played a part in the start-up, to have contributed financially and to currently serve on the Advisory Board.
We have purchased a number of abandoned / vacant properties. We have renovated several homes, sold some to families (income restricted) and have more under contract. For the neighborhood, it is rejuvenation without gentrification. For the families, it is an affordable home.
If you would like to learn more about how you can help, please contact Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org. It's a good thing.
The Jackie Robinson of LSU Football
Covington High standout Mike Williams broke the racial barrier at LSU, being the first black person to ever play for LSU. He went on to star for the San Diego Chargers. Mike is a great storyteller and still lives in the West 30's neighborhood.