To identify, advocate, and mobilize community resources to ensure all people in Central Louisiana have access to stable homes.
Central Louisiana is a united community providing sustainable housing for the homeless.
History of the Coalition
The Coalition began in 1993 as a group of volunteers who wanted to streamline the homelessness services in Central Louisiana. In 1999, the Coalition obtained its own 501(c)3 status and began operating under the umbrella of Shepherd Ministries/Hope House. Then, in 2006, the Coalition began operating as its own entity with a Board of Directors and an Executive Director. Since this time, the Coalition’s mission and advocacy work has evolved tremendously.
The Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition serves as the Continuum of Care (CoC) for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). By serving this role, the Coalition is responsible for grant writing and reporting directly to HUD on behalf of all HUD-funded Supportive Housing Programs in Central Louisiana. Through this process, the Coalition secures over $640,000 in federal funding for our member agencies, that otherwise would not be possible to obtain. The agencies receiving a portion of this funding include: Hope House of Central Louisiana, Volunteers of America, Cenla Chemical Dependency Council, A.C. Dowden Memorial Shelter, and Innercity Revitalization Corporation/Olive House.
Today, the Coalition has a membership of approximately 30 organizations which includes faith-based organizations, service providers, local government, corporations, and individuals. These members share a common goal of ending homelessness in Central Louisiana. By forming collaborations with our partners and members, we can work together to achieve our vision of having a united community that provides sustainable housing for the homeless. We believe one way to accomplish our mission and vision is to provide advocacy and education to our community on the “true” face of homelessness.