Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition gets $613K in HUD money

ALEXANDRIA -- Vernon Parish is among the Central Louisiana parishes that will benefit from $613,296 in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds for the Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition (CLHC).

“These funds provide transitional housing, permanent housing, and supportive services to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness,” said Kendra Gauthier, executive director of the CLHC. “The coalition is a collaborative effort by several nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, and community volunteers to provide services to the homeless. By working together, we were able to renew this grant, which means we can continue providing services to those in need of housing.”

The partner agencies selected to receive the funds include:

-- Cenla Chemical Dependency Council (Supportive Housing Program):  $224,489;
-- Volunteers of America (Supportive Housing Program):  $159,011;
-- Hope House (Transitional Program):  $131,666;
-- Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition: $59,353; and
-- Inner city Revitalization’s Olive House:  $37,667

Officials say HUD will announce the second round of projects to be funded in coming weeks.

CLCH serves eight Cenla parishes -- Vernon, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides and Winn.

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