In the last edition of Acadiana Works of Mercy, we shared how we are working with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff Office (LPSO) to identify new ways we can aid individuals who are re-entering the community after a period of institutionalization. The goal is to provide appropriate supports and resources to these individuals so that they can re-enter the community without becoming homeless. In just a few short months we’ve expanded our partnership with the LPSO and also formed additional partnerships to address homelessness in downtown Lafayette and the surrounding area with Downtown Development Authority, downtown property owners, Lafayette city police, and Our Lady of Lourdes Foundation. One outcome of these new partnerships is that Catholic Services of Acadiana has been able to establish a downtown outreach program, focusing on housing those experiencing homelessness.
Last week the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office hosted a presentation give by Catholic Services of Acadiana's staff about Homelessness in our area. We are grateful for the community's interest and engagement in our presentation. For those of you who were unable to attend, the slides from our presentation are available here.