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CoC

A Continuum of Care (CoC) is the community collaboration program of which CLHC is the lead agency.

HMIS

The Homeless Management Information System is a client and service data management tool assisting homeless service organizations.

Coordinated Entry

The process used by the CoC program to identify and assess the needs of the clients being served.

Homeless Resource Center

Provides basic hygiene services and other resources.

LITS Housing; Louisiana Integrated Treatment Services; PSH; Cenla homeless

Permanent Housing

PSH provides supportive housing to those who are chronically homeless with disabilities.

Street Outreach

Employees and volunteers are the boots on the ground finding our homeless population to connect them to community resources.

FAQs and Facts

1.
What does homeless mean?

Being homeless means more than just not having your own home.  With the need for clarifications, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defined four categories of homelessness:

Literally Homeless – An individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, meaning:

  • Has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not meant for human habitation;
  • Is living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelters, transitional housing, and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations or by federal, state and local government programs); or
  • Is exiting an institution where (s)he has resided for 90 days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution.

Imminent Risk of Homelessness – An individual or family who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence, provided that:

  • Residence will be lost within 14 days of the date of application for homeless assistance;
  • No subsequent residence has been identified; and
  • The individual or family lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing.

Homeless under other Federal statutes – Unaccompanied youth under 25 years of age, or families with children and youth, who do not otherwise qualify as homeless under this definition, but who:

  • Are defined as homeless under the other listed federal statutes;
  • Have not had a lease, ownership interest, or occupancy agreement in permanent housing during the 60 days prior to the homeless assistance application;
  • Have experienced persistent instability as measured by two moves or more during the preceding 60 days; and
  • Can be expected to continue in such status for an extended period of time due to special needs or barriers

Fleeing/Attempting to Flee Domestic Violence – Any individual or family who:

  • Is fleeing, or is attempting to flee, domestic violence;
  • Has no other residence; and
  • Lacks the resource or support networks to obtain other permanent housing.

2.
What does homelessness look like in Central Louisiana? Do we really have people here who are homeless?

While we may not have dozens of people lining our major roadways around the city, there is a homeless population estimated to be about 50 unsheltered homeless people who live in abandoned buildings/houses downtown, in addition to families who are the “hidden homeless” and live in cars.  Cenla's population of households at risk of homelessness, or those staying with various family members or friends is much larger.   In fact, the Rapides Parish School Board identifies over 300 children in these families each school year. Plus, shelters across our region serve over 400 people annually, with over 100 people in shelters throughout Cenla on any given night.

To learn more about Central Louisiana's Homeless data, please review our HMIS Regional Data HERE

3.
What should I do if I encounter someone who is homeless?

If you encounter someone who is homeless, please contact our office to report the location and we’ll pass the information along to Street Outreach workers who are trained to assess the situation. If the person is seeking emergency shelter or soup kitchens, share with them the information in our resource guide under the Get Help tab.

4.
What is being done to end homelessness in our community?

Our community's Continuum of Care is comprised of many types of programs and services with one goal in mind: to reduce and ultimately end homelessness in Cenla. Some examples of programs in our community include:
 
OUTREACH: trained case managers are out in the streets looking for people who may be living in abandoned buildings or under bridges to begin building a relationship of trust with the individual. Outreach begins with basic immediate needs such as hygiene items, blankets, clothes, etc. and can often result in referrals for services or housing.
 
EMERGENCY SHELTER: for immediate needs. Includes a bed in a local shelter or hotel/motel voucher if shelters are full.
 
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING: includes long-term stays in a homelessness housing program while seeking employment or other income, learning valuable life skills, and establishing a savings account to be used for securing a permanent residence.
 
RAPID REHOUSING: covers the up-front costs of establishing a place of residence including deposits, first month’s rent, past utility bills, and moving expenses. Could also include case management for a limited time for households with additional barriers to housing or those at risk of becoming homeless again.
 
HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION: provides rent arrears payments and occasionally utility arrears payments to prevent a household from being evicted. Usually includes case management and a financial stability plan to prevent recurrences of future evictions.
 
PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING: these housing units are funded by HUD and are restricted for use by people who are chronically homeless and score high on the acuity assessment. Includes rental subsidy and extensive case management for as long as the individual chooses to remain the program. Every person who accesses PSH has been on the streets for at least two years, are diagnosed with a disability, and require frequent visits from trained case managers to teach daily life skills such as operating laundry machines, communicating with landlords, buying groceries, and maintaining a household budget. Most of the rental subsidies are used with private rental properties.

5.
How can I help?

VOLUNTEER!

There are lots of ways you can help people who are homeless in Central Louisiana! Be sure to sign up for our mailing list so that you get notified any time there is a volunteer opportunity.

DONATE!

You can make a tax-deductible contribution to end homelessness by giving to our cause! On average, the Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition is able to secure matching grant funds at the rate of 400% for every donation received. That means that for every dollar donated, CLHC receives up to $4 in matching grant funds to provide services to people who are homeless.View our Donate page for more information.

6.
I own rental property. How can I benefit from partnering with the CLHC?

When one of our providers places a family or individual into a rental property, case managers always follow-up and stay connected to the person through regular house visits. Case managers ensure that rent is paid on time each month, that the unit stays clean and tidy, and that the tenant understands key components of the lease agreement. The lease is between the property owner and the individual/family, rarely between the property owner and the agency. By partnering with CLHC, we can supply a steady stream of tenants for your rental properties and provide an additional layer of support when dealing with tenants who were formerly homeless.

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