Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc.

aka SMHA   |   New Iberia, LA   |  www.southernmutualhelp.org

Mission

SMHA's mission is to find fair and innovative solutions to challenged rural communities in Louisiana through self-help, partnerships, and the just management of resources.

Ruling year info

1972

Principal Officer

Lorna Bourg

Main address

3602 Old Jeanerette Rd

New Iberia, LA 70563 USA

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EIN

72-0696092

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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Rural Recovery Response

Initiated after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Rural Recovery Response is our work with families and small businesses to rebuild a Louisiana better than before.  Immediately following the devastation, we secured capital for rebuilding through grants and low-interest loans; began locating, managing, and hosting leagues of construction volunteers; and advocating for policy change and new policy to benefit recovering communities.  As the wounds of rural Louisiana began to heal from these disasters, Rural Recovery moved towards redevelopment and an improved community concept where homes for families of all incomes—low, median, and high—are integrated seamlessly amongst each other. More recently, Rural Recovery has additionally encompassed an immediate response to the BP Horizon oil spill disaster. All actions Rural Recovery Response reinforce SMHA’s core value of self-help and entrepreneurship.

Population(s) Served

New Iberia's West End District is rich in cultural and historic significance.  Unfortunately, decades of neglect and disinvestment have resulted in its reputation of drugs, poverty, and crime.  Despite these ills, there reside in the West End residents who recall the bustling, thriving era when Ike and Tina Turner performed there.  Southern Mutual Help Association has been working with citizens of the West End, partnering organizations, and governmental representatives to restore the economic, cultural, and wholesome characteristics that this area not so long ago possessed.

Population(s) Served

SMHA connects families to affordable mortgage capital through our affiliate, Southern Mutual Financial Services, Inc. (certified by the U. S. Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution) and through our partnerships with community lenders and, when appropriate, U.S.D.A. Rural Housing Service. SMHA also makes principal-reduction/closing-cost assistance grants available to help families purchase their first home for little or no money down. SMHA’s homeownership activities occur within a framework of comprehensive Family and Community Development that provides homeowners and prospective homeowners with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve homeownership, keep their homes, and continue to build family wealth.A licensed residential contractor in the State of Louisiana, SMHA builds new homes and rehabilitates owner-occupied homes

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Accreditations

NeighborWorks America 2009

NeighborWorks America 2007

Awards

Rural Initiative Partnership Award 2010

NeighborWorks(R) America

Hon. James A. Leach Award 2004

National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC)

Innovations In Community Award 2002

Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas

National Communications Award 2001

Rural LISC

Leadership IS Award 2003

Independent Sector

Sustained Excellence Award 1998

Fannie Mae Foundation

Maxwell Award of Excellence 1995

Fannie Mae Foundation

Maxwell Award of Excellence 1992

Fannie Mae Foundation

Named one of NCRP's top 20 Gulf/MidSouth Region organizations in its May 2011 Report 2011

National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy

Great Places Award (for SMHA's work in New Iberia's West End) 2011

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

Affiliations & memberships

NeighborWorks America - Member 2008

Financials

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Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/31/2014
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marion Overton White

Civil Rights Attorney

Term: Oct 2011 - Sept 2012

Lorna Bourg

Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc.

Marion White

Civil Rights Attorney

Helen Vinton

Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc.

Ned Doffoney

North Orange Community County College District

Roberta Madden

YWCA of Greater Baton Rouge

Karline Tierney

Community Volunteer

Judith Herring

Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc.

Ashley Shelton

Policy and Philanthropy Consultant