Senator Landrieu announces programs to relieve homelessness - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Senator Landrieu announces programs to relieve homelessness

From the office of Mary Landrieu

WASHINGTON - United States Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., today announced an investment for Louisiana to alleviate homelessness and hunger. The Emergency Food and Shelter (ESP) Program funds were appropriated through the Recovery Act, and are being distributed through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

"These funds will help address homelessness and hunger in our state, and give a much-needed boost to organizations whose resources are stretched thin in this time of economic uncertainty," Sen. Landrieu said. "As we work to help families in Louisiana who have hit hard times, it is important that we direct funds to the local groups with experience confronting homelessness and hunger."

Sen. Landrieu secured $73 million in low-income housing vouchers in the Supplemental appropriations bill that Congress passed last summer. The 3,000 vouchers were intended for the elderly, disabled and others at risk of homelessness. While in New Orleans last month, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced programs to implement these vouchers.

"These emergency funds are desperately needed to stem the crisis of hunger and homelessness that has rocked our state since the 2005 hurricanes," said Martha J. Kegel, Executive Director of UNITY of Greater New Orleans. "Nonprofits are finding now that the suffering of the poorest and most vulnerable people in our state is intensifying as the national economic crisis begins to hit home."

EFSP funds were first authorized by Congress in 1983 and are generally appropriated each year under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. However, due to the current economic crisis, Congress chose to use Recovery Act funds to support the EFSP. The money will assist social service agencies to feed and shelter individuals and families. EFSP funds supplement food, shelter, rent, mortgage and utility assistance programs for people with economic, rather than disaster-related, emergencies. 

The following is a parish-by-parish breakdown of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program funding for Louisiana:

Shreveport/Bossier,

Caddo Parishes                                  $94,524

Acadia Parish                                      $11,039

Allen Parish                                         $5,389

Ascension Parish                                $21,661

Assumption Parish                              $6,192

Avoyelles Parish                                  $9,809

Beauregard Parish                               $7,839

Bienville Parish                                     $4,065

Calcasieu Parish                                  $40,789

Claiborne Parish                                   $4,128

Concordia Parish                                  $5,556

DeSoto Parish                                       $8,433

East Baton Rouge Parish                      $100,705

East Carroll Parish                                 $3,377

East Feliciana Parish                             $4,284

Evangeline Parish                                  $6,536

Franklin Parish                                       $6,119

Grant Parish                                           $4,639

Iberia Parish                                           $14,593

Iberville Parish                                        $8,558

Jackson Parish                                       $3,252

Jefferson Parish                                     $94,305

Jefferson Davis Parish                           $5,723

Lafayette Parish                                      $36,390

Lafourche Parish                                     $16,751

Lincoln Parish                                          $10,226

Livingston Parish                                     $24,507

Madison Parish                                        $3,836

Morehouse Parish                                   $10,914

Natchitoches Parish                                $10,403

Orleans Parish                                        $68,652

Ouachita Parish                                       $37,266

Plaquemines Parish                                 $3,867

Pointe Coupee Parish                              $4,951

Rapides Parish                                         $27,832

Richland Parish                                        $5,952

Sabine Parish                                           $4,795

St. Bernard Parish                                    $4,993

St. Charles Parish                                    $11,591

St. Helena Parish                                      $3,794

St. James Parish                                       $6,911

St. John the Baptist Parish                        $13,040

St. Landry Parish                                       $19,878

St. Martin Parish                                         $9,736

St. Mary Parish                                           $11,331

St. Tammany Parish                                  $43,937

Tangipahoa Parish                                     $29,583

Terrebonne Parish                                     $20,212

Union Parish                                               $5,702

Vermilion Parish                                          $10,403

Vernon Parish                                             $9,819

Washington Parish                                     $10,257

Webster Parish                                           $12,936

West Baton Rouge Parish                          $5,212

West Carroll Parish                                     $4,753

Winn Parish                                                 $3,732

State Set-Aside Committee, LA                  $16,737

LOUISIANA TOTAL:                                  $992,414

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