LHC Celebrates Grand Opening of Senior Living Development Cypress Pinchback in Baton Rouge

April 19, 2023


Baton Rouge, LAToday, the Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC) held a ribbon cutting for a new senior living development, Cypress Pinchback, in the Gardere area of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. LHC awarded Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding of $3.8 million, $11.8 million in Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds (MRB), and over $9 million in Low-income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC).

CDBG-DR funds were allocated to the state following the Great Floods of 2016. The “Piggyback Program,” created in response to this disaster, allows the use of CDBG-DR, leveraged with LIHTC and other sources for new construction development or acquisition/rehabilitation of multifamily affordable housing units.

The primary goal is to address long-term housing needs in parishes impacted by the 2016 Floods, including East Baton Rouge Parish. “Through recovery programs like these, we can provide an opportunity to obtain affordable housing to every Louisiana resident, especially our senior citizens,” said Joshua G. Hollins, Executive Director of LHC.

The program permits mixed-income housing (market-rate units and units affordable to households with incomes at or below 60% of area median income (AMI) and affordable housing. All units are affordable to households with incomes at or below 60% of AMI.

“As our population ages, safe, healthy, quality affordable housing options for seniors are scarce. Creating senior housing that allows our senior population to create community, socialization, and remain active is essential,” said J. Wesley Daniels, Jr., CEO of the East Baton Rouge Housing Authority.  

The developers built Cypress Pinchback with energy efficiency in mind, to best protect the environment and residents living within the complex, certifying the building under the Enterprise Green Communities and Energy Star. “A major objective was to provide the residents with the most energy-efficient building in accordance with the project’s development guidelines,” explains Joseph Saffiotti, Coleman Architects, designer of the complex.  

Age-eligible residents who once resided in the aging Sharlo Terrace and Turner Plaza developments were given the opportunity to move into the brand-new apartments.

The Cypress Pinchback complex consists of 99 one-and two-bedroom units. Five units will be reserved for Permanent Supportive Housing. In addition to affordable housing units, the development boasts a recreation room, community room, health, wellness, and educational activities, a covered terrace area, a walking trail, and an exercise room. Safety features include building security and in-unit call systems.  

The development was a partnership with Louisiana Housing Corporation, the Louisiana Office of Community Development, East Baton Rouge Housing Authority, Partners Southeast and Cypress Luxury Living. Trey Williams with Integral Development, LLC, and Partners Southeast were the developers.

“When it comes to giving back to our community, we are happy to work with our local, state, and federal partners. Collaboration is key if we truly want to get something done,” added Hollins.  

Eligible residents at Cypress Pinchback are seniors 62 years and older. 100% of the units will have Project Based Vouchers and will be restricted to household earnings 60% or less of the area median income. Currently, there is a waitlist for available units. To learn more about the complex, visit the Cypress Pinchback website or the East Baton Rouge Housing Authority’s website or call (225) 256-5036.

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