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Old 01-01-2011, 09:35 PM
 
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My family and I are looking into moving into Hammond this coming summer. We have a 9-year-old with ADHD & ODD, a 2-year-old that is autistic, and a 6-month-old baby. I have one friend that has lived in the area before, and she has given us a lot of opinions and ideas about Hammond and the surrounding parish, but I would love to get more information (and pictures!) from others as well. I do plan to fly down in May to check out the place myself, but I'd like ideas of what areas are best to live in considering our children's needs, what school/s offer the most, pediatricians you would recommend, cost of living, rental homes/trailers/double-wides (3+ bed/2 bath minimum- but below $800 a month), what jobs there are (no special education/skills required), what the college(s) is/are like, things to do, crime, how the area/people feel about pagan (wiccan) families, would a slightly goth family be accepted/spurned, etc. I promise to ask a lot of questions, so be ready for that! lol Thank you for taking the time to read and answer.
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:04 AM
 
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Hammond is a college town, so finding a place, specifically 3/2, under $800 would be tough. SLU does have great therapy programs for special needs children. Smaller community schools would probably be better for specific needs children. My 6 y/o neice (who has Asperger's) goes to Midway in Natalbany, and goes to regular classes now. (She was under SLU's occupational therapy program.) I believe you must have a local address to attend Midway though (as with other small community schools). Since the population in the immediate vicinity of those schools are lower, the population of the school as well as the classes are smaller, so it's easier to have more personal attention for a special needs child. That maybe the same concept in all the towns surrounding Hammond. As far as your background, there is such a mix of people in the area, I can't imagine having too bad of a problem fitting in. (Just a thought- Augustines (bar) in downtown Hammond, has more of an alternative crowd.) There's NorthOaks Health System, a new mall, etc, so theres a mix of jobs to find as well.
Livingston Parish has a great school system. It may be easier to find a size place for your family and price range in Albany, Livingston, Holden area. Good Luck! Try this link... Welcome to Tangipahoa Parish! and this is the local newspaper... www.hammondstar.com
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:22 PM
 
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:39 PM
 
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Next question: I've heard that to get electricity turned on I need an inspection first...? Who do I contact for that? What electric/gas companies are there? What are the best internet providers there? I will be flying to LA soon, and will be in Hammond to locate a place and such, and it will be so much easier to have a list of these things to get it all set up in the few days I will have. So any and all relocation info is fantastic and greatly appreciated.
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