Volunteers of America is one of the largest providers for safe, affordable housing in the country. In fact, we were one of the first organizations to offer housing for individuals with disabilities. Here in Central Louisiana, we provide both short and long-term housing assistance to low income individuals and families. All residents are taught life skills and are provided with ongoing support to ensure greater independence and self-sufficiency.
Our goal is to provide short-term assistance to any individual experiencing homelessness or helping to prevent their homelessness. Through monthly street outreach events (last Thursday of the month at Emmanuel Baptist) we bring the community together to provide instant, on-site resources and services such as personal hygiene items, clothing, medical screenings, haircuts, food, and more. For certain, qualifying individuals we provide greater, intensive support in helping move them off the streets and into housing.
For more information, contact Karen Williams.
Rapid Rehousing can be defined as an approach that emphasizes moving homeless families and individuals into permanent housing as quickly as possible. The provision of services is critical and time-limited. Case managers provide home-based stabilization services that lead to housing retention. This housing is typically scattered site, private owner rentals and is funded with rental assistance. Participation in the program is typically 3-6 months with priority given to families with children and those fleeing domestic violence.
For more information, contact Tammy Marshall.
PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING
This program provides permanent, supportive housing at a subsidized rate for individuals with a severe and chronic mental illness. We provide in-home support services to help residents maintain their housing and become healthy and active members in the community. Our goal is to ensure not only independent living, but also decreased hospitalization and stabilized mental health. Residents must comply with a standard leasing agreement and will engage in ongoing counseling and treatment, as well as pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent should they have any.
For more information, contact Tiffany Crooks.
SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR VETERAN FAMILIES
As Veterans continue to struggle when they return home from war and leave the service, we hope to prevent homelessness and make it easier for them to find safe and stable housing. Through federal funding, we are able to provide short-term case management and supportive services to very low-income Veterans and their families living in or transitioning to permanent housing. Program participation is typically 3-6 months of housing assistance and support.
For more information, contact Cynthia Marbs.
NEW HAVEN SQUARE & PINE HAVEN PLACE
New Haven Square and Pine Haven Place are lovely, cozy, independent living complexes designed for individuals who are diagnosed with a severe and chronic mental illness. These 18-unit apartments are fully managed and operated by Volunteers of America by which we provide the residents an on-site Manager who is available after hours in case of an emergency as well as a Service Coordinator who is able to connect residents to community resources to remain living in independent housing.
For more information, contact Kelley Long.