Homeless

Cover the 318 raises money to put back in the community where the need is greatest. The organization currently focuses on solving the issue of chronic homelessness within Northeast Louisiana.

90.3 KEDM Public radio will dive into the issues surrounding the problems homeless people experience at the next Policy and a Pint. 

Our expert panel will answer your questions on November 27 at 6 p.m at Miletello's Sports City Grill in West Monroe.  

5:30 p.m.  Policy and a Pint Meet and Greet

6 p.m.  Policy and a Pint Radio Forum

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Many homeless people can lose all hope. Captian Jerry Casey with the Salvation Army says the emphasis during the holidays is always enstilling the idea that things will always get better.  

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Over 500,000 Americans are homeless and 1.5 million have used transitional housing in the last year. 90.3 KEDM Public radio dove into the issues surrounding the problems homeless people experience at Policy and a Pint. 

Our expert panel  answered your questions on November 27 at Miletello's Sports City Grill in West Monroe.  

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Cover the 318 raises money to put back in the community where the need is greatest. The organization currently focuses on solving the issue of chronic homelessness within Northeast Louisiana.

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On New Year's Day, Mayor Jamie Mayo announced that the City of Monroe's 2018 focus is City Employee Community Benevolent Projects.

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The 2018 Martin Luther King "Day of Service" takes place on Monday, January 15. University of Louisiana Monroe and Louisiana Delta Community College will honor the 2018 MLK Day of Service by donating items to the Desiard St. Shelter.

Community members are encouraged to “Take a Day On” this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by participating in the National MLK Day of Service. Volunteers will deliver packaged goods to the Desiard St. Shelter and Renewal Center Monday, January 15.

Shopping for Shelter

Jan 5, 2018
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Family Promise of Ouachita and the Monroe Chamber of Commerce are hosting a ribbon-cutting Tuesday, January 9th for the opening of their newly consolidated thrift shop on 3134 Louisville Avenue.

Family Promise of Ouachita was created in 2009 to aid families who have become homeless. This organization works to provide shelter, food, and classes to help families get back on their feet and into homes.

Living in a Cardboard City

Nov 9, 2017
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The Wellspring Alliance of NELA and the NELA Food Bank are teaming up to take a new approach on raising awareness about homelessness. Friday, January 19, the Wellspring will be hosting Cardboard Box City from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day at First United Methodist Church Monroe.

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Monroe's Salvation Army is set to close. It is the only overnight shelter for the homeless in the area.  The closing is temporary and the organization will be scaled-back and restructured.

The overnight homeless shelter near DeSiard Street will be closed but many social services will continue. Last year the shelter had 12,000 overnight stays. 

Six local employees will lose their jobs in the reorganization. A Salvation Army spokesman says they just don't have enough money to support the current structure of the organization.

Intake Site Sought For Area Homeless

Jan 9, 2015
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The plight of the homeless is an issue where some local organizations want to make a difference in the new year.  Continuum of Care Coalition's Sarah Johnson says she's hopeful of developing a centralized intake site in Monroe.

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