ARCH is a continuum of care, designed to promote community-wide planning and strategic use of resources to address homelessness and housing instability through a community-based process of identifying needs and building a system of housing and services that address those needs.
ARCH seeks to include diverse sectors of the community to ensure that the work of the continuum is comprehensive in identifying and addressing the needs of those experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Therefore, ARCH seeks membership from a broad spectrum of potential stakeholders in the community, including homeless service providers, housing service providers, housing developers, landlords, public housing authorities, school administrators and homeless education liaisons, local government agencies, youth advocates or service providers, law enforcement or corrections agencies, veterans advocacy or service providers, health care organizations or providers, behavioral health organizations or providers, faith based organizations, non-profit organizations, etc.
ARCH represents a large geographical area and seeks to include a broad representation of stakeholders from each of the parishes of the continuum: Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion.
Benefits of Membership in ARCH
Members of ARCH receive:
- One vote per agency or per individual member at ARCH General Meetings (held every other month).
- The ability to participate in and vote in work groups (veterans, family/youth, chronic homeless, etc) which are held on alternate months.
- Inclusion in ARCH member directory and ARCH promotional materials (digital and print).
- Access to one free user license in HMIS client database software (currently ServicePoint) for the purposes of participation in Coordinated Entry. Other member agencies may receive additional user licenses for Coordinate Entry and other client database needs at a discount. HUD CoC and ESG funded agencies receive additional free user licenses.
- (Eligible agencies only) The ability to apply for HUD CoC funds in the ARCH consolidated application after one year of "membership in good standing".
- (Eligible agencies only) A recommendation from ARCH for HUD ESG funds after one year of "membership in good standing".
In order to maintain a "membership in good standing," ARCH members are expected to:
- Attend at least 75% of meetings.
- Adhere to standards and policies set by ARCH and as agreed to in the ARCH membership application.