A partnership between housing authorities has brought some Christmas cheer to the West Point
Housing Authority this year.
The LaGrange Housing Authority has teamed up with the West Point Housing Authority to share some of their
Christmas lights for West Point’s use this holiday season. Members of the West Point Housing Authority were in
attendance along with the CEO of the LaGrange Housing Authority, Zsa Zsa Heard, at the West Point building to
display the lights to the public.
Housing authorities aim to help low-income individuals and families with affordable rental housing.
Both the West Point and LaGrange housing authorities have created a residence service program where they try
to change people’s lives who are living in that area.
“We are trying to alter their mindset, how they live, their everyday lifestyle, to get them ready to be good citizens
in the world and most importantly, give them the opportunity to get employed,” said Heard.
The Christmas lights that were decorated to the housing authority neighborhood in West Point are similar to the
lights that are usually exhibited in downtown LaGrange.
“LaGrange happened to have some extra lights sitting around and we decided to use it for West Point,” said Heard.
“The ideas that we came up with in LaGrange are all ideas we wanted to share with West Point to make their place
look more lively.”
“With Christmas coming up, we want people who live here to walk out and notice the lights and realize how good
they look. Even if they can’t afford Christmas gifts this year, we want them to be proud that they live here and
appreciate how nice the lights make the area look. Color and brightness really catches people’s attention.”
Not only are both the West Point and LaGrange housing authorities focused on serving an instrumental part in the
residents’ lives, but they want the facilities to have a good-looking quality to it as well.
“I’m into rebranding and changing the stigma of housing authorities and how people view them,” said Heard. “I
want the residents to receive and be encouraged by the decorations. I want our businesses to look good like other
businesses. If our housing authority looks good, then it will spread throughout the community.”