The Continuum of Care is overseen by a Board of Directors who are elected by CoC Members, that act on behalf of the CoC under the guidance of a Governance Charter. The community's CoC Membership consists of organizations, businesses, and individuals who work in cooperation toward the common goal of fighting and ending homelessness. The CoC works to bring local representatives together to plan for and provide, as necessary, a system of outreach, engagement, and assessment to address the various needs of homeless and at risk of homelessness persons in our regional community. The program covers a variety of resources such as emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, transitional housing, permanent housing, and supportive services.
In addition, the CoC is responsible for conducting an annual count of homeless persons within the community, known as the Point in Time (PIT) Street Count, held nation-wide each January. The CoC is also tasked with monitoring, reviewing, and selecting programs for funding through the Continuum of Care Program and Emergency Solutions Grant Program, based on the specific needs of our community.
Please follow the links below to learn more about how to attain funding under the CoC and ESG Programs, information regarding membership meetings, and the relevant policies and resources.
Members of the Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition share the common goal of housing our homeless population and providing support and interventions to prevent families from becoming homeless. Members include nonprofit organizations, local government, law enforcement, hospitals, and other service providers. Homelessness is such a complex issue, with no two cases alike. Collaborations among members ensure that we meet every need of every family or individual to help them achieve housing stability.9>
"The Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition works diligently to ensure that the needs of the homeless population are identified and that a unified coordinated assessment system is in place to address those needs within our region. We salute the Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition for the leadership and dedication that they provide to our continuum of care. We are making notable progress in the fight to end homelessness!"
"Having a place to live is one of the basics of life and citizenship. Yet far too many of our neighbors in Cenla struggle to put a roof over their heads, certainly more than most people realize. The CLHC has moved into a position of innovative leadership not only to help homeless people but to put them in homes and help keep them there. We're proud to be a part of the Coalition and to recognize them as a partner agency of our United Way."
"As a member of the CLHC our agency can more effectively and efficiently serve those in need. In working as a united group to end homelessness in our community we can provide multiple resources in a small amount of time to assist our homeless neighbors. We help America's most vulnerable and the CLHC helps us reach those in need of our services."
Statistics on homelessness across our eight parishes (Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon, and Winn).
Information regarding funding opportunities through the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program.
The CoC holds quarterly meetings for members and the general public on the fourth Thursday of every January, April, July, and October.
A comprehensive list of the policies followed by the LA-507 CoC Program.