Category Archives: The Groves at Mile Branch Creek

The Groves Offers Comfort and Convenience for Families

Savannah Allen and her family moved to the Groves July 7, 2011. Before living at the Groves they had just recently moved to Metairie from Houston. They found out about the Groves from a friend and were so happy to be approved for an apartment. “You get so much for the money here – spacious apartments, beautiful kitchens, wood floors and balconies.”

The Allens are currently living in a two bedroom apartment, which they share with their 7 month old daughter, Rylee. Life at the Groves for a child is sure to be entertaining. Aside from the other families with children living there, the Groves offers a playground, recreational sports fields, performance stage and dog park. Savannah says, “We are very excited to be starting our family here and are looking forward to getting a dog soon. We plan to be at the Groves for a while.”

The Groves at Mile Branch Creek is a planned community on a previously undeveloped site that will provide 94 mixed-income rental units and 35 single family homes for purchase by first-time homebuyers. The Groves Grand Opening Ceremony is scheduled for the morning of September 27th.

Tenants Begin to Move in to The Groves

Tenants get to start moving into The Groves at Mile Branch Creek this weekend in Covington, Louisiana’s West 30s neighborhood. The Groves provide 94 mixed-income rental apartments.  66 of the apartments are for occupants with low-incomes, adjusted for each tenant’s income level; while 28 of the apartments are being leased according to current market rates.  Victor Smeltz, Executive Director of Volunteer’s of America’s Renaissance Neighborhood Development Corporation explains that The Groves is making housing affordable for a range of different people including those with very low incomes as well as those with middle incomes who might otherwise have to commute to Covington due to a shortage of housing options. 72QDP3XXNJD2

The Groves was carefully designed to emulate the architecture of old Covington and painted in a range of bright colors. The apartments come with porches, balconies, washers and dryers, and granite counter tops as well as other amenities.  The Groves also includes computer rooms, a community center,a community park, and counseling services for those in need.

The Groves continues to lead the way towards the revitalization of Covington’s West 30s neighborhood with 35 single-family homes currently under construction to be ready for tenants in the next year or so.  To learn more about The Groves visit the Renaissance Neighborhood Development Corporation’s website: More on the move-in can be found in the Times-Picayune article featured on

Groves Groundbreaking A Great Success

On Thursday, September 23, our Renaissance Neighborhood Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Volunteers of America hosted its groundbreaking ceremony for the Groves, a new housing initiative in Covington. Upon completion, The Groves will provide 94 mixed-income rental apartment homes and 35 single-family homes for purchase by first-time home buyers. It is located near the West 30’s neighborhood in Covington.

Pictured, from left, Pastor Gerard Ramsey, Jeff St. Romain, Habitat, Rep. John Schroder, Jim LeBlanc, President/CEO, Volunteers of America, Senator Jack Donahue, Greg Hettrick, VP/Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, Milton Bailey, President/LHFA, Victor Smeltz, Volunteers of America/RNDC, Robin Keegan, State of Louisiana, Office of Community Development, Covington Mayor Candace Watkins, Maureen Clary and Councilwoman Francis Dunn.

Thank you to our financial partners: Louisiana Housing Finance Agency, Louisiana Office of Community Development, First NBC Bank, First NBC Community Development LLC, St. Tammany Parish, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Living Cities, Major League Baseball Players Trust, and Entergy Charitable Foundation.

Special thanks to: Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West, Concordia LLC, MSH Architects LLC, Scalfano Engineering Inc., Villere Town Planning Associates LLC, Donahue Favret Contractors Inc., Larry Loyd Construction Inc., Latter & Blum Property Management Inc., & Maureen Clary.

Click here to watch WWL-TV’s coverage of the groundbreaking event. Click here to read a Times-Picayune article about the event.

The Groves, a New Mixed-Income Housing Facility

The Groves, a new mixed-income housing facility in Covington, will consist of 94 rental housing units in a mix of one-, two-, and three- bedroom apartments. Groundbreaking will occur in the fall, with units available for lease beginning in the winter of 2011. 30 single-family homeownership opportunities will also be available. Rental housing units will be available to families and households at a variety of incomes with the market rate rents starting at $650 for a one-bedroom. Twenty of the 30 single family homes will be built by Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West. For more information, visit RNDC’s website,