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LPSS Homeless Program

About Us
The Lafayette Parish Homeless Children/Youth Education Consortium Program includes the ten parishes of Lafayete, Iberia, Vermilion, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Landry, Acadia, Evangeline, Calcasieu, and Jefferson Davis. Our program is based on the philosophy that education is the key to overcome and prevent the cycle of homelessness in families. Program activities are based on educational principles and have the common purpose of contributing to the positive physical, emotional, social, and academic growth of each child whose life we touch.

During the 1998-1999 school year our program provided services to 2,462 children and youth. The main components of our project are awareness; enrollment assistance; after-school tutorial programs in shelters; preschool/parent education; provision of school supplies/educational materials; coordination of school and community services and resources; and summer programs. During the summer of 1999, we had eleven summer programs throughout the ten parishes. Homeless children were given the chance to enjoy their summer like other children through these programs. Each week was filled with learning activities, fieldtrips, visits to public libraries, trips to the snowcone stand and family picnics in the park.

Our program is funded through a federal Stewart B. McKinney Assistance Grant. Louisiana receives approximately $650,000 in McKinney funds each year. This money is used to operate a state office and ten statewide programs.