BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Helping the Homeless received a huge financial boost Tuesday. They were awarded $1.4 million in federal grants to parishes and cities across the state.
The money is meant to help improve services for the homeless.
- Acadia Parish Police Jury $50,000
- Ascension Parish $82,400
- City of Baton Rouge /Parish of East Baton Rouge $154,500
- Beauregard Parish $50,000
- City of Bossier City $82,400
- Jefferson Parish Council $75,808
- City of Kenner $56,000
- Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government $195,803
- City of New Iberia $30,900
- City of Monroe $187,460
- City of Opelousas $22,600
- City of Ruston $46,833
- Saint Bernard Parish $51,500
- Saint Tammany Parish Government $100,000
- City of Shreveport $113,300
- Tangipahoa Parish Police Jury $100,000
- Vernon Parish Police Jury $42,000
The $1.4 million is part of the Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ESG funding can be used to improve the quality and quantity of emergency shelters; fund short-term rental assistance to prevent homelessness; help homeless individuals into permanent rental housing; and fund outreach programs to connect unsheltered homeless individuals with housing and supportive services.
Local governments apply annually for these grants which are awarded through a competitive process.