homelessness

Latest News
7:40 am
Tue November 18, 2014

When Will Cold Weather Go Away?

These bitter low temperatures are sticking around.

The National Weather Service says the frosty weather will continue through Wednesday. It’s blaming the combination of low temperatures and high winds.

It has prompted New Orleans officials and homeless advocates to take precautions for people living on the streets.

The New Orleans Advocate reports all four homeless shelters in the city were opened free of charge and allowed to expand their capacity to take on additional clients.

Latest News
4:57 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

City's Homeless Encampment Under Eviction Order

Inhabitants of a tent city in New Orleans have been given a 72-hour notice to remove all tents and furniture from the area.
Bart Everson Flickr

Inhabitants of a tent city at Calliope and Camp streets have been given a 72-hour notice to remove all tents and furniture from the area, The Advocate is reporting.

The action comes one week after the New Orleans City Council passed new rules strengthening the city’s ability to disperse homeless encampments.

The notifications were posted at about 8 p.m. Wednesday night, according to people living in the camp.

Read more
Latest News
7:38 am
Mon August 25, 2014

New Orleans Mission Prepares For Renovation

Design of planned New Orleans Mission façade restoration.
Credit New Orleans Mission

The New Orleans Mission has passed the half-way mark in a fund drive to revamp its Central City home. The plan will ultimately have men needing accommodation lining up in the back of the building — not on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.

Read more
Inclement Weather
3:25 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

City Of New Orleans Puts Freeze Plan For Homeless Into Effect For Thursday Night

Temperatures in Orleans Parish are expected to drop to at or near freezing on Thursday night, prompting the City of New Orleans to put its freeze plan for the homeless into effect.

The freeze plan is enacted whenever the temperature or the wind chill factor is expected to fall to 35 degrees or lower. Temperatures near freezing, combined with the strong winds affecting the region, can cause serious medical problems to people exposed to them for extended periods of time.

Read more
Community
7:30 am
Tue November 12, 2013

UNITY's Outreach Team Brings Services To New Orleans' Most Vulnerable Citizens

Laniker Hunter-Davis is easy to spot in her Outreach jacket.
Katy Reckdahl

Laniker Hunter-Davis is an outreach worker for UNITY of Greater New Orleans. She and her partner, Joycelyn Scott, drive and walk around the city trying to reach the hardest-to-reach homeless people. One night, I tagged along.  

“The first place that we’ll be stopping is at Washington Park. It’s off of Elysian Fields. We have a lady  that’s in that park with her dog, and she can’t utilize the shelters because of her dog. So we gonna go check on her.

Read more
Community
7:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Homeless Numbers Plunge In New Orleans Region

The number of homeless people in Orleans and Jefferson parishes has dropped 79 percent since 2007.  A non-profit dedicated to getting those numbers even lower credits a coordinated effort for the success.

Read more
Latest News
7:00 am
Thu February 7, 2013

New Newspaper On Sale To Help The Homeless

Credit New Orleans Street Exchange

A new newspaper is being sold on the streets of New Orleans. It highlights the challenges of being homeless, and helps those trying to work their way into homes of their own.

Read more
Veterans
12:48 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Landrieu: $1.4M for Louisiana homeless vets

U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu says $1.4 million in grants has been set aside for Louisiana organizations to prevent homelessness among veterans.

Landrieu said Tuesday the money was awarded through the Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program, which is part of the Department of Veterans Affairs' initiative to end homelessness among military veterans.

New Orleans Mission
5:46 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

New Orleans Mission to close for summer

The New Orleans Mission, a massive homeless shelter, is closing its doors for the summer.

Officials from the mission say the closure is due to lack of funding. Friday will be its last night open. Officials hope to reopen the facility, which employs nine full-time workers, by Sept 15.

WWL-TV reports the mission houses between 160 to 180 people per night, and serves roughly 12,000 meals — breakfast, lunch and dinner — each month, along with seeing up to 80 homeless visitors daily.