NEW ORLEANS - "I am truly excited about the selection of the former VA site for the creation of a low-barrier homeless shelter. Beginning with my work with the DDD to evaluate and visit model low barrier shelters and the allocation of $1 million dollars by the DDD board towards the creation of the shelter, to the continued work with my colleagues on the New Orleans City Council to raise additional revenue for the shelter in the 2016 budget, it is satisfying to see the low barrier come to fruition.
The site is centrally located, close to where much of our homeless population is already located. Also, the close proximity to existing resources for the homeless, such as the Community Resource and Referral Center, the new VA hospital and University Medical Center, the Rebuild Center, the Main Branch of the Public Library and the major transit hub of the RTA, fully leverages the work that is already being done to help our homeless. The VA site also provides the capacity to eventually increase the amount of services provided onsite to address the needs of our people, by focusing on the root causes of homelessness: substance abuse and mental illness.
Finally, I want to thank all of our homeless advocates, who work tirelessly every day to ensure that our people are cared for. In particular, I would like to thank B.B. St. Roman of the New Orleans Police Department and Robyn Burchfield of New Orleans Emergency Medical Services for their continued efforts since 2004 to make this shelter a reality."
Office of Councilmember LaToya Cantrell, District B