LAFAYETTE - "We cannot continue to talk to our residents through mail slots or through doors - through windows," explains a passionate Lydia Broussard, Executive Director for LHA.
It was a celebration of normalcy. For the first time since the pandemic began, the Lafayette Housing Authority's administration office is once again open for in-person business.
Says Bergeron, "When I met with the board and explained to them, we need open our doors effective july the first, they were behind me 100 percent."
This is because properly communicating one's problems is best done in person.
"A lot of them don't have computers," explains Lafayette City Councilman Pat Lewis of District 1, "Some have cellphones, but for a limited time. So this way they can come in and talk. They like their personal touch."
Not having a physical location to go to voice their problems the past fifteen months has been a burden on housing residents. That's why opening up the physical location makes all the difference in the world.
"Our residents have suffered for the past fifteen months," adds Bergeron, "And it's very important that they see us face to face and be able to explain what the issues are."
Talking face to face also gives residents a real sense of community, as LHA resident Thelma Broussard explains, "We have the snacks and stuff for 'em, and we do bingo and outings outside - and they love it."
As the quick celebration ends, it's now time to get to work.
Adds Broussard, "We need to bring attention back to our activities for sure and, you know, visiting our residents - taking care of 'em"
With the pandemic at least partially in the rearview mirror, officials can now focus on what they say is still one of the biggest issues facing this community: finding proper housing for its residents.