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  • "It is in the shelter of each other that the people live"
    - Irish Proverb

CoC

CENTRAL LOUISIANA CONTINUUM OF CARE

The Central Louisiana Continuum of Care is designed to promote community wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness.

A Continuum of Care is a federally-recognized designation for organizations leading the charge to provide the local community with services and housing for those experiencing homelessness. HUD-Funded agencies collaborate with other interested stakeholders to develop a community wide plan to acheive the goal of ending homelessness in the Central Louisiana Region, which includes eight parishes: Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon, and Winn. 

The Cenla CoC is overseen by a Board of Directors who are elected by CoC Members, that act on behalf of the CoC under the guidance of a Governance Charter. The community's CoC Membership consists of organizations, businesses, and individuals who work toward the common goal of fighting and ending homelessness. The CoC works to bring local representatives together to plan for and provide, as necessary, a system of outreach, engagement, and assessment; housing solutions; and prevention strategies to address the various needs of homeless and at risk of homelessness persons in our regional community. The program covers a variety of resources such as emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, transitional housing, permanent housing, and supportive services.

If you are homeless and in need of services, please call 211 or contact a Coordinated Entry Access Point.
 
  • HMIS Committee
    The Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) is a software application designed to record and manage real-time participant and service needs of homeless persons in our community.  It provides robust participant and referral tracking, case management, project indexing, and reporting all through a web interface.
  • COORDINATED ENTRY Committee
    Coordinated Entry (CE) is responsible for identifying and coordinating homelessness services and resources available for homeless and near homeless persons throughout the geographic continuum and referring eligible persons to available resources.
  • PROJECT SELECTION & RANKING COMMITTEE
    Develops and utilizes a rating system to evaluate outcomes (performances) of funded programs in order to approve or reject and prioritize applications for funding.
  • MEMBERSHIP & RULES COMMITTEE
    Provides checks and balances for the Continuum and operates with absolute authority over all matters related to conflicts of interest, selection and oversight of board members, and complaints against the Continuum.

GET TO KNOW OUR MEMBERS


Members of the Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition share the common goal of housing our homeless population and providing support and interventions to prevent families from becoming homeless. Members include nonprofit organizations, local government, law enforcement, hospitals, other service providers, and individuals.

MEMBER TESTIMONIAL

  • Having a place to live is one of the basics of life and citizenship. Yet far too many of our neighbors in Cenla struggle to put a roof over their heads, certainly more than most people realize. The CLHC has moved into a position of innovative leadership not only to help homeless people but to put them in homes and help keep them there. We're proud to be a part of the Coalition and to recognize them as a partner agency of our United Way.
    DAVID BRITT
    CEO of United Way of Central Louisiana
  • The Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition works diligently to ensure that the needs of the homeless population are identified and that a unified coordinated assessment system is in place to address those needs within our region. We salute the Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition for the leadership and dedication that they provide to our continuum of care. We are making notable progress in the fight to end homelessness!
    SANDY G. RAY
    CEO OF HOPE HOUSE OF CENTRAL LOUISIANA
  • As a member of the CLHC our agency can more effectively and efficiently serve those in need. In working as a united group to end homelessness in our community we can provide multiple resources in a small amount of time to assist our homeless neighbors. We help America's most vulnerable and the CLHC helps us reach those in need of our services.
    TRACEY ANTEE
    REGIONAL COORDINATOR FOR VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA

Events

  • Annual Event
    Point in Time Count
    Help us learn more about homelessness! During our annual PIT Count, we go out at 4:30am on two mornings during the last full week of January and complete short assessments on the homeless, to get an idea of the statistics in our community. These statistics help HUD better understand the need of funding for our community.
    Date
    January 29, 2019
    Time
    4:30 A.M. TO 7 A.M.
    Location
    ALEXANDRIA/PINEVILLE

CoC Meeting Information


The CoC holds quarterly meetings for members and the general public on the fourth Thursday of every January, April, July, and October at 2:00pm at the Red Cross building (425 Bolton Ave. Alexandria, LA).

QUARTERLY MEETINGS

COC/ESG FUNDING

Information regarding funding opportunities through the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program
and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program.
REGIONAL DATA

Statistics on homelessness across our eight parishes
(Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon, and Winn).
Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)
Housing Inventory Count (HIC)
Point-in-Time Homeless Persons Count (PIT)
System Performance Measures (Sys PM)
POLICIES

A comprehensive list of the policies followed by the LA-507 CoC Program.
COC POLICIES AND RESOURCES
  • LA-507 Governance Charter
    This document establishes a governance structure to guide the Central Louisiana Continuum of Care as they plan for and provide services that address the various needs of people at risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness. 
  • Coordinated Assessment Process
    Policy governing the coordinated assessment process used to assess and assist in meeting the needs of people at-risk of homelessness and people experiencing homelessness. The implementation of coordinated assessment is a requirement of receiving funding from ESG and CoC funds and is also considered national best practice.
  • Intake and Discharge Policy
    Policy followed by program case managers when a referral is received from the coordinated assessment process on the steps required to follow during the intake and discharge processes for a client.
  • Emergency Shelter Defined
    The guidelines set forth by CoC and ESG standards that an emergency shelter program must adhere to in order to be considered an "Emergency Shelter."
  • ‚ÄčLA-507 HMIS Governance Charter
    This document establishes a governance structure and defines key organizational elements of the HMIS at a regional level. The charter describes how the regional HMIS will be governed in order to enusre integrity, accountability, relevance, effectiveness, sustainability, and impact.
  • LA-507 CoC Grievance
    If you have a complaint/grievance that you would like to file regarding the Central Louisiana Continuum of Care
    and/or a specific provider, please complete the below form. The complaint/grievance will be investigated and a
    response will be provided within 30 days with a committee’s decision.
  • HMIS Communications Policy
    Policy to ensure timely and accurate communications between the HMIS Regional System Administrator and project case managers.
  • Board Attendance Policy
    Policy that details attendance requirements for CoC Board members.