Mayor Landrieu, City Officials and Homelessness Service Providers to Announce Plans to Establish a Low Barrier Shelter for the Homeless

the City urged all New Orleans residents and businesses to get prepared and stay informedNEW ORLEANS – TODAY, Mayor Mitch Landrieu will join City officials and local homelessness service providers to announce plans to establish a low barrier shelter for the homeless. The shelter will be available for those in need of immediate housing, particularly for those who have had challenges accessing services. Utilization of a low barrier shelter is considered a national best practice and in line with the City’s Housing First strategy outlined in the City of New Orleans’ Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, commissioned by Mayor Landrieu in 2011.

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For decades, many local homelessness advocates have called for this type of shelter to ensure unsheltered individuals establish immediate linkages to a safe, clean shelter where they can be connected with service providers and resources to put them back on the path toward permanent housing status. Establishing a low barrier shelter in New Orleans is strongly supported by UNITY of Greater New Orleans, Metropolitan Human Services District, the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Catholic Charities, the Harry Thompson Center, HUD, VA, the Louisiana Housing Corporation and many more.

WHO:              Mayor Mitch Landrieu

                        City Officials

                        Homelessness Service Providers

WHAT:            Announced Plans to Establish a Low Barrier Shelter for the Homeless

WHEN:            TODAY, Oct. 3, 2016

                        11:30 a.m.

WHERE:         Mayor’s Press Room

                        New Orleans City Hall

                        1300 Perdido Street

                        New Orleans, LA 70112

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