Lamar Dixon shelter closes; all residents placed in rental homes or hotels

Lamar Dixon shelter closes; all residents placed in rental homes or hotels

ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - According to the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP), the Lamar Dixon Expo Center shelter has been closed, effective 11 a.m. on Friday, September 16.

The shelter was initially scheduled to remain open through Saturday, but closed on Friday due to all residents being successfully placed in temporary housing.

Since assuming operations of the shelter on Monday, September 12, staff members of the Ascension Parish government and the Lamar Dixon Expo Center have met with each shelter resident to provide them with personal assistance in finding temporary housing.

The American Red Cross has continued to support the shelter by providing meals and staff.

Many of the residents remaining in the shelter since Monday were ineligible for federal assistance various reasons. Ascension Parish employees met with these residents each day to help them locate alternative housing and put them in touch with the proper organizations to provide them with assistance.

Residents who qualified for Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) have been placed in hotels. Officials with FEMA and the Ascension Parish government assisted with this process.

The Disaster Recovery Center remains open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The DRC is no longer open on Sundays. Those still in need of FEMA assistance are asked to visit the DRC located in the Banquet Rooms of the Lamar Dixon Expo Center.

At its height, the shelter housed nearly 800 residents. Ascension Parish OHSEP director, Rick Webre, would like to personally thank the Red Cross for its service and volunteers and all other organizations that assisted with shelter operations during the 35 days it was open.

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