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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

New Orleans Interagency Council on Homelessness

In the New Orleans Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, the Homeless Services Working Group recommended that the Mayor establish the New Orleans Interagency Council on Homelessness (NOICH) to oversee the implementation of the Ten-Year Plan. NOICH is modeled after the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (“USICH”), which was originally created in 1987 as part of the McKinney Homeless Assistance Act. Since the creation of the USICH, communities across the country have increasingly established similar councils for the purpose of retooling their communities’ homeless services.

On May 29th, 2012 the Mayor signed Executive Order 12-01 creating the New Orleans Interagency Council on Homelessness as a Mayoral Advisory Committee.  The membership of the New Orleans Interagency Council on Homelessness includes representatives from the private and public sector.

Members include: 

  • Chair – Mayor Landrieu (represented by Stacy Horn Koch, Neighborhood Services and Facilities, Homeless Policy)
  • Vice-chair – Julie Catellier, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System
  • Vice-chair – Luis Zervigon, Principal, Crescent Capital Consulting, Past Board Chair UNITY of Greater New Orleans

General Membership

  • City of New Orleans Government
    • Brian Lawlor, Housing Policy and Community Development
    • Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed, Public Safety
    • Karen Desalvo, Health and Health Care for the Homeless
    • Oliver Wise, Performance and Accountability
    • Nadiyah Coleman, Workforce Development
  • Community/Private Sector
    • David Anderson, Chief Trust Officer, First NBC Bank Company
    • Gary Solomon, CEO, Crescent Bank and Trust
    • Jade Brown Russell, Co-Chair of Homeless Services Working Group, Harrah’s Legal Council
    • Andreanecia Morris, Vice President, Providence Community Housing
    • Troy Duhon, Owner, Premier Automotive Group
    • Rev. Oswald Pierre-Jules, St. David’s Catholic Church
  • Homeless Services Providers
    • Voris Vigee, Volunteers of America, representing Families
    • Don Thompson, Harry Thompson Center, representing Singles
    • Tyrone Keelen, Café Reconcile, representing Youth
    • Alice Reiner, NO/AIDS Task Force, representing Special Populations
    • Dr. Dean Robinson, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System, representing Veterans
  • Homeless and Formerly Homeless Constituents
    • Donald Wilkerson, formerly homeless
    • Charmik Collins, formerly homeless
  • Advisory Membership
    • Cheryl Breaux, Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • Ellen Lee, Greater New Orleans Foundation
    • Judge Calvin Johnson, (ret.), Metropolitan Health Services District
    • Nicole Sweazy, Louisiana Office of Community Development

Their charge is to:

  • Oversee the implementation of the New Orleans Homeless Services Working Group’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness.
  • Review the planning processes, policies, and implementation strategies undertaken by homeless service providers that are part of the Continuum of Care.
  • Coordinate among relevant agencies and entities regarding the provision of housing services and housing production.
  • Coordinate annual freeze plan with the Health Department and other agencies or entities.
  • Establish standing committees regarding homeless service delivery, financing, data, and veterans affairs. 

Notice of Funding Available

The City of New Orleans Office of Community Development, in cooperation with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Louisiana Housing Corporation, the Downtown Development District,  New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and  Housing Authority of New Orleans has released a combined  Request for Proposals for Federal, State, City and Private Capital and Operating Funds to develop community based permanent supportive housing for homeless persons.

This RFP is the first in the Country to link and leverage these funding streams to maximize the results creating sustainable housing options and support for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Funding  available through this initiative includes:

  • City of New Orleans HOME Funds
  • Veteran’s Administration VASH vouchers
  • HANO Section 8 Vouchers
  • State of Louisiana Supportive Housing Vouchers
  • New Orleans Redevelopment Authority Properties
  • Downtown Development District

“The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness commends Mayor Landrieu and the City of New Orleans for their commitment to preventing and ending homelessness, demonstrated in collaborative and innovative projects like the HOME Investment Partnership Program. This exciting funding opportunity illustrates what is needed to end homelessness in our nation by bringing together city, state, federal, and private resources to assist the most vulnerable residents of the City.  This initiative will serve as a model of collaboration for communities across the Country as we work strategically to reach the goals of Opening Doors.”  Barb Poppe, Executive Director, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

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Last updated: 6/2/2017 3:06:46 PM

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