We provide warm beds and daily meals for up to 28 women and children at any given time.
Families in need of housing can stay at The Outreach Center up to 12 months and are supported and guided in rebuilding their lives back to self-sufficiency. Through our comprehensive services we work to provide positive outcomes for our residents.
- Extensive Case Management
- Basic Needs: Food, shelter, laundry, clothing
- Permanent Housing Solutions
- Referrals for Medical or Mental Health Appointments
- Employment Assistance
- Life Skills Training
- Child Care Assistance
- Medication Assistance
Homeless Prevention / Rapid Re-Housing
Our Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing Programs (HP/RR) empowers homeless individuals to move into housing and is designed to make funds available to local residents who are currently homeless or facing homelessness from rental housing. Assistance may include: rental deposits; short-term rental payments; utility deposits; utility payments; and extensive case management services. Case managers work closely with clients to develop and implement a service plan to ensure they access other public benefits. Through this program, clients are stabilized in housing and assisted comprehensively to help ensure they do not face homelessness again.
Who is eligible?
Individuals or Families who
- are living in a shelter
- may be living in a place not meant for human habitation
- have no appropriate subsequent housing options identified
- lack financial resources and support networks needed to obtain or remain in housing
Five Basic Eligibility Criteria (additional criteria may apply)
- Homeless or facing homelessness from rental housing in 14 days
- Household income limits determined by family size
- No other housing options or financial resources that would allow you to find or keep housing
- Lafayette or St. Landry Parish resident and U.S. citizen or qualified resident alien
- Photo ID (for all adults in household)
Seven Basic Required Forms of Documentation (additional requirements may apply)
- Certification of Homelessness document*
- Proof of income
- Photo ID (for all adults in household)
- Social Security Card (for all household members)
- Financial ability to maintain housing after this rental assistance is received
- Assessment with a social worker and participation in an ongoing service plan
- Additional documentation to support extenuating circumstances and need
*Applicants will receive and complete this document in person with their case manager.
How to Apply
1) Screen yourself to determine whether you think you may meet basic eligibility requirements.
2) Start the application process by calling (337) 289-9141 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays, to speak with a program representative and conduct a initial pre-screening
3) If you appear likely to be eligible, a face to face interview with a case manager will be scheduled to begin the application process.
4) Please note that all applicants may not qualify. All funds approved are sent by check directly to the vendor.
**If you are with an agency and would like to refer a client for our Rapid Rehousing program. Please click here for our referral form and instructions.**
- Financial assistance – short - medium term rental assistance for rent and security deposits
- Housing relocation and stabilization – outreach, housing search and placement
- Ongoing Home-based Case Management
- Life-skills training, including household management and parenting
- Supported employment service referrals
- Employability skills training and referrals
- Referrals to the community for services and supports
- Identification of transportation through existing providers
- Connection with Medicaid, Social Security and Food Stamp services
- Referrals to individualized rental education/counseling and post-renter counseling
All program participants must have an initial consultation with a case manager and must agree to be re-evaluated monthly by their case manager.
What HP/RR does not provide:
- Mortgage assistance
- Assistance to those who are already receiving subsidy from other programs
- Phone or cable assistance
What We've Achieved
Last year the Outreach Center served 114 women and children, giving them shelter and supportive services. Families like Jody.....Jody was a victim of Hurricane Katrina and has been striving to get back on her feet ever since. She arrived at The Outreach Center from Texas, in hopes of moving closer to home. She had no job and no place to stay....nothing but the drive to succeed. She worked hard to find employment and was able to secure a great job at a local hardware superstore....paying enough to fully support herself. She worked and saved until she was stable enough to move on her own and today, we're happy to report that Jody is doing great and now living in her own home and working full-time.
In 2014, we provided over over 16,000 meals, 5,475 warm safe beds, and over 7,500 hours of professional counseling.
A look at who we served:
- 78% were victims of domestic violence or sexual assault
- 70% had drug or alcohol addiction
- 57% had a mental illness
- 25% had a physical disability
- 6% were veterans
- 2% were HIV +
and despite these challenges, the majority of our residents gain or increase income and move into permanent housing....they just needed a little help to get back on their feet.