Our Rapid Re-Housing Program empowers homeless individuals to move out of homelessness quickly. Assistance may include: rental deposits; short-term rental payments; utility deposits; and extensive case management services. Case managers work closely with clients to develop and implement a housing plan to ensure they remain housed and 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 an emergency 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 within 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, Iberia, Vermilion, St. Martin, 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 plan on maintaining housing after this rental assistance is received
Assessment with a case worker and participation in an ongoing housing plan
Additional documentation to support extenuating circumstances and need may be necessary as required by funding source
*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.
3) If you appear likely to be eligible, a face to face interview with a case manager will be scheduled to complete a Coordinated Entry assessment.
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 budgeting
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 Rapid Rehousing does not provide:
General rental assistance to non-program participants
Assistance to those who are already receiving subsidy from other programs
Phone or cable assistance
Funding Contingency: If funding for these programs are reduced or eliminated, the programs themselves will also be reduced or eliminated.
Lighthouse Family Shelter:
We provide warm beds and daily meals for up to 28 individuals and children at any given time.
Families with minor children in need of shelter 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
Life Skills, Child Care, Medication and other Supports
What We've Achieved
In 2018 Outreach Center's Lighthouse Shelter served 180 individuals and children, giving them shelter and supportive services. We provided over over 16,000 meals and over 5,475 nights of warm safe beds, and over 7,500 hours of case management support services.
A look at who we served:
36% were victims of domestic violence or sexual assault
35% had a mental illness
21% had a physical disability
and despite these challenges, 94% of our residents move into permanent housing of their own within a couple of weeks...they just needed a little help to get back on their feet.