Louisiana Receives $18 Million to Provide Support to People Experiencing Homelessness
Award includes more than $1.5 million in new funding
BATON ROUGE, LA — This month the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded nearly $18 million to the Louisiana Balance of State Continuum of Care (the CoC) to fund essential housing and supportive services to people experiencing homelessness.
This amount includes more than $1.5 million in new funding, which will increase the CoC’s annual permanent housing capacity by nearly 150 households. New project recipients and sub-recipients include the Education and Treatment Council, the Haven, the Louisiana Housing Corporation, the Particular Council of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge, Start Corporation, and Youth Oasis.
This funding includes more than $200,000 for an innovative new project – one of the first in Louisiana and nationwide – to provide youth experiencing homelessness with single-site transitional housing and/or scattered-site rental assistance based on the specific needs of each household. It also includes nearly $500,000 for people fleeing domestic violence funded under the highly competitive Domestic Violence Bonus funding category.
A second round of funding will be released soon. The CoC expects to receive an additional $1.9 million in continuing funding for its nationally recognized statewide permanent supportive housing project, which provides long-term housing and supportive services for people experiencing chronic homelessness.
The CoC is the largest coalition to end homelessness in Louisiana. It covers more than 20 parishes and includes the cities of Baton Rouge, Houma, and Lake Charles. The Louisiana Housing Corporation serves as the CoC’s lead agency. To join the CoC or for information about funding opportunities, please visit the CoC’s website at laboscoc.org or contact Gordon Levine, Continuum of Care Manager, at 225-242-1388 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Louisiana Housing Corporation’s mission is to ensure that every Louisiana resident is granted an opportunity to obtain safe, affordable, energy-efficient housing. Each day this ongoing challenge is met by a dedicated staff of professionals who allocate federal and state funds to help low-to-moderate income citizens make their housing dreams a reality. LHC administers federal and state funds through programs designed to advance the development of energy efficient and affordable housing for working families, drive housing policy for Louisiana and oversee the state’s Disaster Housing Task Force.