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H. C. Covington (ach1@sprynet.com)
Sun, 17 May 1998 00:20:03 -0500


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You are Invited to:
LA Statewide Homeless Coalition Meeting
Friday May 22, 1998
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
St. Joseph's Transitional Shelter
425 St. John Street, Lafayette, LA
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General Agenda

1.  Opening Prayer and welcome

2.  Secretary=92s report - Minutes from meeting of December 9, 1997

3.  Planning for Louisiana Homeless and Housing Conference November 1998

The 1998 Conference has been scheduled with Keyth Devillier and the =
Louisiana Interagency Action Council for the Homeless to be held in =
Lafayette this year. The conference has been suggested as an intensive =
three day workshop with only 5 to 7 selected topics [not 20 to 30!] so =
that attendees will be able to participate in an in-depth hands on =
learning experience. Please bring suggestions for the topics to the =
meeting so your suggestions can be presented to the LA Homeless Council =
at their June 2, 1998 meeting.=20

This year, the National Alliance for the Homeless, the National =
Coalition for the Homeless, the National Health Care for the Homeless =
Council, the Housing Assistance Council (HAC), two national housing and =
real estate banks and several business interests have agreed to =
cosponsor and to participate in the Louisiana Homeless Conference. We =
are now working on the Health Care industry to develop a support base =
there too. Please think of others that you would like to become part of =
the solution to the problems caused by homelessness and lack of =
affordable housing.

The steering committee for the November Homeless and housing conference =
will be the officers and directors of the Regional Homeless Coalitions. =
Dr. Justin Green, Albert (Chief) Glaude, President of ARCH, and H. C. =
Sonny Covington have agreed to facilitate Lafayette site and volunteer =
efforts.

4.  Michael Stoops, National Coalition for the Homeless, Washington, =
D.C. - State and National Perspective on Homelessness in 1998 - 1999

Michael will be coming to Lafayette directly from the Arkansas Homeless =
Conference and will work with us on discussions of issues like a =
proposed Louisiana Homeless and Housing Trust Fund, and the long term =
effects of having our Regional Coalitions working together more in the =
future to access new resources for the Homeless.=20


5.  Discussion of Welfare to Work for the Homeless in Louisiana

There is a national conference scheduled in Chicago on May 29 & 30 on =
the effect on the Homeless and special needs populations by the "Welfare =
to Work" and "Work First" programs around the country. Suggestions and =
questions from our meeting will be presented at the Chicago conference =
so that our voice can be heard along with the hundreds of others facing =
increased demand from first-time homeless families with children just =
like we are in Louisiana.=20

>From a recent report, Louisiana had 263,338 families on the AFDC roles =
in 1993. By June of 1997, this number had been reduced to 179,868 =
families (a 32% reduction in assisted families -- do you feel we have =
created 83,470 jobs for welfare mothers in that period?) Nationally, =
each AFDC/TANF parent was reported to have 2.3 children each so that =
would appear to put 191,981 children off the rolls too.

A folder of handouts and useful information will be provided for you to =
take home and use in your communities to educate others on this issue.=20

In 1993, the St. Joseph=92s Diner in Lafayette was serving an average of =
120 to 130 persons a day. In 1997-1998 the same diner is serving A =
QUARTERLY AVERAGE of 350 to 375 hot meals per day. Several others in our =
region have experienced similar changes since August of 1996.=20

6.  LA Legislative Agenda for June 1 to 15, 1998 for Homelessness & =
Housing

What is/has been done? What more can we do? How do we do that?

7.  Set Proactive Homeless Agenda for July & September 1998 Planning =
Meetings

In July, Sue Phillips of the National Coalition for the Homeless Board =
has agreed to join us and to discuss how successful Minnesota Homeless =
agencies have been in working with State and Local Government Agencies =
and departments and how we can do the same in Louisiana state wide. Ms. =
Phillips is a MHP and a LPC that also serves as an effective advocate =
and Executive Director of one of the most consistent long term homeless =
and housing agencies in Minnesota.=20

8.  New Business=20

9.  Meeting Adjourns


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NOTE

There is no cost or charge for this meeting and all expenses are being =
provided by I CAN America, Lafayette Catholic Service Centers and the =
Church Army of Western Louisiana. If you need mileage reimbursement to =
be able to attend, please fill out a one way mileage form and we will =
double it and give you a check before you leave Lafayette.=20

If you need to stay over Friday night, due to distance or health =
concerns, we will pay one half of your motel bill so we can share in =
your investment in the needs of the Homeless in Louisiana. Those that =
stay over can join us for a breakfast discussion with Michael Stoops on =
Saturday morning and continue the local organizing questions that =
Michael is so good at addressing.

If you have other needs or concerns, please call us @ 318-235-7005 or =
318-235-4972 and we will see what we can do to help.

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H. C. Covington, John Broussard or Nasha Kebulka

I CAN! America

427 St. John Street

Lafayette, LA 70501

318-235-7005 or 318-364-6239

Fax 318-234-0953 or 318-367-9141

ach1@sprynet.com or hccovington@usa.net

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Dr. Justin Green, Albert Glaude or Rita Landry

Lafayette Catholic Service Centers

318-235-4972 Fax 318-234-0953

green207@linknet.net

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NOTE:=20

The Meeting was changed to Friday May 22, 1998 to allow Michael Stoops =
of the National Coalition for the Homeless to meet with the outgoing and =
incoming Louisiana Homeless Coalition Officers and Board members this =
month. PLEASE make every effort to attend for your regional coalition.

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H. C. Sonny Covington  @  I CAN! America
Management & Resource Consultants
427 St. John Street - Lafayette, LA  70501
(318) 235-7005  Fax 318-234-0953
hccovington@usa.net

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You are Invited=20 to: 
LA Statewide Homeless Coalition = Meeting
Friday=20 May 22, 1998
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
St. Joseph's Transitional = Shelter
425=20 St. John Street, Lafayette, LA
 
--------------------------------------------

General Agenda

1.  Opening Prayer and welcome

2.  Secretary’s report - Minutes from = meeting of=20 December 9, 1997

3.  Planning for Louisiana Homeless and Housing = Conference=20 November 1998

The 1998 = Conference has=20 been scheduled with Keyth Devillier and the Louisiana Interagency Action = Council=20 for the Homeless to be held in Lafayette this year. The conference has = been=20 suggested as an intensive three day workshop with only 5 to 7 selected = topics=20 [not 20 to 30!] so that attendees will be able to participate in an = in-depth=20 hands on learning experience. Please bring suggestions for the topics to = the=20 meeting so your suggestions can be presented to the LA Homeless Council = at their=20 June 2, 1998 meeting.

This year, = the National=20 Alliance for the Homeless, the National Coalition for the Homeless, the = National=20 Health Care for the Homeless Council, the Housing Assistance Council = (HAC), two=20 national housing and real estate banks and several business interests = have=20 agreed to cosponsor and to participate in the Louisiana Homeless = Conference. We=20 are now working on the Health Care industry to develop a support base = there too.=20 Please think of others that you would like to become part of the = solution to the=20 problems caused by homelessness and lack of affordable = housing.

The = steering committee=20 for the November Homeless and housing conference will be the officers = and=20 directors of the Regional Homeless Coalitions. Dr. Justin Green, Albert = (Chief)=20 Glaude, President of ARCH, and H. C. Sonny Covington have agreed to = facilitate=20 Lafayette site and volunteer efforts.

4.  Michael Stoops, National Coalition for the = Homeless,=20 Washington, D.C. - State and National Perspective on Homelessness in = 1998 -=20 1999

Michael = will be coming=20 to Lafayette directly from the Arkansas Homeless Conference and will = work with=20 us on discussions of issues like a proposed Louisiana Homeless and = Housing Trust=20 Fund, and the long term effects of having our Regional Coalitions = working=20 together more in the future to access new resources for the Homeless.=20

5.  Discussion of = Welfare to=20 Work for the Homeless in Louisiana

There is a = national=20 conference scheduled in Chicago on May 29 & 30 on the effect on the = Homeless=20 and special needs populations by the "Welfare to Work" and = "Work=20 First" programs around the country. Suggestions and questions from = our=20 meeting will be presented at the Chicago conference so that our voice = can be=20 heard along with the hundreds of others facing increased demand from = first-time=20 homeless families with children just like we are in Louisiana. =

From a = recent report,=20 Louisiana had 263,338 families on the AFDC roles in 1993. By June of = 1997, this=20 number had been reduced to 179,868 families (a 32% reduction in assisted = families -- do you feel we have created 83,470 jobs for welfare mothers = in that=20 period?) Nationally, each AFDC/TANF parent was reported to have 2.3 = children=20 each so that would appear to put 191,981 children off the rolls=20 too.

A folder = of handouts and=20 useful information will be provided for you to take home and use in your = communities to educate others on this issue.

In 1993, = the St.=20 Joseph’s Diner in Lafayette was serving an average of 120 to 130 = persons a=20 day. In 1997-1998 the same diner is serving A QUARTERLY AVERAGE of 350 = to 375=20 hot meals per day. Several others in our region have experienced similar = changes=20 since August of 1996.

6.  LA Legislative Agenda for June 1 to 15, 1998 = for=20 Homelessness & Housing

What = is/has been done?=20 What more can we do? How do we do that?

7.  Set Proactive Homeless Agenda for July & = September=20 1998 Planning Meetings

In July, = Sue Phillips of=20 the National Coalition for the Homeless Board has agreed to join us and = to=20 discuss how successful Minnesota Homeless agencies have been in working = with=20 State and Local Government Agencies and departments and how we can do = the same=20 in Louisiana state wide. Ms. Phillips is a MHP and a LPC that also = serves as an=20 effective advocate and Executive Director of one of the most consistent = long=20 term homeless and housing agencies in Minnesota.

8.  New Business

9.  Meeting Adjourns

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NOTE

There is no cost or charge for this = meeting and all=20 expenses are being provided by I CAN America, Lafayette Catholic Service = Centers=20 and the Church Army of Western Louisiana. If you need mileage = reimbursement to=20 be able to attend, please fill out a one way mileage form and we will = double it=20 and give you a check before you leave Lafayette.

If you need to stay over Friday night, due to distance = or health=20 concerns, we will pay one half of your motel bill so we can share in = your=20 investment in the needs of the Homeless in Louisiana. Those that stay = over can=20 join us for a breakfast discussion with Michael Stoops on Saturday = morning and=20 continue the local organizing questions that Michael is so good at=20 addressing.

If you have other needs or concerns, please call us @=20 318-235-7005 or 318-235-4972 and we will see what we can do to = help.

----------------------------------------------------------------= -----

H. C. Covington, John Broussard or Nasha = Kebulka

I CAN! America

427 St. John Street

Lafayette, LA 70501

318-235-7005 or 318-364-6239

Fax 318-234-0953 or 318-367-9141

ach1@sprynet.com or hccovington@usa.net

--------------------------------------------

Dr. Justin Green, Albert Glaude or Rita = Landry

Lafayette Catholic Service Centers

318-235-4972 Fax 318-234-0953

green207@linknet.net

---------------------------------------------

NOTE:

The Meeting was changed to Friday May 22, 1998 to allow Michael = Stoops of the=20 National Coalition for the Homeless to meet with the outgoing and = incoming=20 Louisiana Homeless Coalition Officers and Board members this month. = PLEASE make=20 every effort to attend for your regional coalition.

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H. C. Sonny Covington  @  I CAN! America
Management = &=20 Resource Consultants
427 St. John Street - Lafayette, LA  = 70501
(318)=20 235-7005  Fax 318-234-0953
hccovington@usa.net
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