During the 2014 NHC Homeless Census, 262 men, women, and children who were residing in shelters or on the street during a single night in January. Read more about the Census. . .
Homelessness is a symptom of extreme poverty, a physical and mental health care issue, and a consequence of an affordable housing scarcity. It is the deplorable reality for thousands of people throughout Louisiana, including the Northshore region. Ending homelessness is an enormous undertaking and can only be achieved through the efforts of a structured collaborative amongst the public and private sectors. Managing homelessness is inefficient and costly; eliminating homelessness, which is achievable through a strong network of informed policy makers and effective service organizations and advocates, is a matter of committing resources to successful evidence-based practices and keeping these supports in place. The organizations that comprise Northlake Homeless Coalition have taken the lead in developing the community-wide plans and partnerships that will prevent and end homelessness on the Northshore.
The Community Strategic Plan to End Homelessness is the outcome of the ongoing work of the membership organizations of the Northlake Homeless Coalition (NHC). This plan’s development followed the guidelines for community strategic plan development published by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). The plan aims to connect Federal goals to local actions to prevent, reduce, and eventually end homelessness in Southeast Louisiana. The goals and objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan portion of this document are intended to guide the activities of homeless providers, including the NHC, toward meeting the goals outlined in the Opening Doors plan and the HEARTH Act.
This strategic plan is not designed to be a static document, but a working plan. As requirements, guidelines, and directions change in the future, this plan should be updated accordingly to reflect changing priorities. We welcome you to review the Plan, and join the NHC in its efforts to implement and meet the goals we have set forth.
A Census of persons experiencing homelessness in the State of Louisiana was conducted during the last week of January 2012. On January 23rd, 2013, 5,248 men, women, and children were identified as residing on the street or in temporary housing, including emergency homeless shelters, transitional housing, and Safe Havens.This is defined as literal homelessness by the U.s. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the largest Federal funder of housing programs for homeless persons. Data derived from the Homeless Census is a critical “snapshot” of homelessness and the services that are in place to respond. Obtaining this information is imperative to better understand how homelessness is changing, to measure the efficacy of these service networks, and to inform the public at large. Building upon the understanding and experiences of the local Continua of Care, findings from the 2013 Homeless Census will be used to shape decisions made by local, state, and federal partners as we progress towards the goal of preventing and ending homelessness. The report is inclusive of all Continua of Care in Louisiana; the Northlake Homeless Coalition covers Region IX (LA-506).
The Northlake Homeless Coalition maintains a directory of services that may be of assistance to persons experiencing homelessness in the Northshore Parishes. Please note that all services are subject to the availability of funding, and the inventory is updated monthly, following the NHC General Membership Meeting.
Click the link below to download the Northlake Homeless Coalition Resource Inventory.