Victims of domestic violence will soon have one less place to go to seek shelter.
Due to financial constraints, the Providence House can no longer manage the Domestic Violence Program and Safe House. It will continue its homelessness program.
Providence House Executive Director, Simone Hennessee said, "This has been a difficult decision that we have struggled with and which has weighed heavily on our hearts."
In 2009 in response to the community crisis created by the closure of the YWCA, Providence House stepped in to operate the Domestic Violence Program and Safe House.
Over the last 5 years, Providence House has served more than 500 families. The Domestic Violence Program has provided more than 77,000 nights of safety and over 800 restraining orders.
The Safe House and Domestic Violence Program will end on May 31st. Its accepting its last clients through April 30th; everyone will have to move out of the safe house by May 25th
Due to state and federal regulations, Providence House has no control over who will operate the Domestic Violence program locally going forward. Mayor Cedric Glover is asking the organization to recommit to operating the safe house, or at least until its contract ends on June 30
Any organization wishing to administer this program, and receive state and federal funding, must be a member and approved by the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence to ensure that the federal and state standards for quality assurance are followed.
Anyone interested can visit the LCADV website at lcadv.org for more information or contact Executive Director Beth Meeks at (225) 752-1296.