Published on January 7, 2015[New Orleans, La.] In an announcement at the National World War II Museum today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu declared victory in eliminating veteran homelessness in New Orleans by December 31, 2014. Through a collaborative and concerted effort of the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Unity of Greater New Orleans, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans and a network of community partners, an estimated 193 veterans who were without shelter in 2014 have now received permanent housing. Catholic Charities joins with Unity of Greater New Orleans and the Mayor’s Office in celebrating this milestone and recommitting to a continued effort to eliminate homelessness in our city moving forward.
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans is currently providing case management to the 22 veterans permanently housed at the newly opened Sacred Heart Apartments, a mixed income residence in a former convent and school buildings at 3222 Canal Street. From initial assessments of Catholic Charities case managers, the priority need is now employment assistance and healthcare navigation. Several of the residents may benefit from the Catholic Charities Health Guardians program, an intensive case-management program with health outcomes as primary goal.
“We give thanks for the continued partnership, collaboration and open communication with UNITY of Greater New Orleans, Mayor Landrieu, and the VA that has led to this exciting achievement in ending veteran homelessness,” said Sr. Marjorie Hebert, M.S.C, President and CEO of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans. “We know that our service to the homeless and those who may fall in to homelessness must be a continuum of care and one agency or group cannot do it alone. We will continue to be a partner in this effort to serve our homeless brothers and sisters. ”
Homeless Services of Catholic Charities works with Unity Greater New Orleans and The Department of Veterans affairs in providing emergency and transitional housing through several Catholic Charities sites. Once permanent housing is found through a network of community and government partners, Catholic Charities case managers continue to provide support and services for the formerly homeless.
Read the Mayor’s Press Release: New Orleans First Major city in Nation to End Veteran Homelessness, One Year Earlier Than Federal Goal